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Re: [TowerTalk] Using a dip meter

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Using a dip meter
From: "Jeff Carter" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 22:00:11 -0400
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Thanks for the link, that's a good idea.  I can look at that and
determine if there's something a dip meter will do that I couldn't
figure out how to do with more recent technology.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:45:46 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Chris Wendling <>
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Using a dip meter
>  The dip meter is a very versatile instrument, with very many uses.
>  I own several makes, and use them regularly.
>  Some of the applications are:
>  1) Receiver adjustments
>  2) Transmitter adjustments
>  3) Shunt and series trap adjustments
>  4) Measuring the Q of a tuned circuit
>  5) Finding an unknown capacitance value
>  6) Finding the inductance of RF coils
>  7) Finding the inductance of toroid coils
>  8) Checking for parasitic oscillations
>  9) Neutralization of tube circuits
>  10) Use as a relative filed strength meter
>  11) Adjusting antennas
>  As someone already mentioned, they are very good for tuning 160m  antennas 
> when strong AM broadcasters are in the vicinity. The MFJ  antenna analyzers 
> don't work well in that situation.
> When I build a  new regen receiver, or a new xtal receiver, I used the dip 
> meter to  trim the number of windings on the homebrew coils to the required  
> frequency.
>  Dip meters are a lot of fun, and understanding their use can really further 
> your enjoyment of the hobby.
>  To get specific information on how exactly to accomplish all of the  
> applications I have listed above, you can download the Heathkit Solid  State 
> Dip Meter Manual, Model HD-1250 from:
>  73,
>  CW - AI4MI

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