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To: "Colin Lamb" <>, "Bill Turner" <>, "Amps group" <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] THE SKINNY ON MY AL-82
From: "Hardy Landskov" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:19:25 -0700
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It's been my experience that the 2 watt ones are the worst. I measured 1 meg resistors that have drifted up to 2.5 megs. So, think your high voltage is low and your power supply is going south? Measure the resistors first that feed the voltmeter.
73 N7RT

----- Original Message ----- From: "Colin Lamb" <>
To: "Bill Turner" <>; "Amps group" <>
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Amps] THE SKINNY ON MY AL-82

Regarding carbon comp resistors:

"Not necessarily. Carbon comp resistors can drift both up and down in
value.  I've been replacing them all my life, trust me on this one.
They are essentially unpredictable."

Many years ago, I tested some 2 watt 250 ohm carbon comp resistors for stability. I heated them up to dissipate 2 watts in open air. After a relatively short period of time (I do not recall the time, but it was a number of minutes), I measured the resistance and it had increased. I thought I could go through a number of cycles and have it stabilize. But, every time I ran it through a cycle, the resistance changed. At first, it went up in resistance. But, soon it started going down. It never was stable. And, each resistor was different.

I have numerous old Allen-Bradley 1/2 watt resistors on the shelf and some are stable, while some are not.

Colin  K7FM
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