[TowerTalk] inexpensive dummy loads

Red RedHaines at centurytel.net
Wed Aug 16 15:36:18 EDT 2006

Hi, Jim;

If your are working HF, a few 2 watt carbon comp resistors in parallel 
will work  Put them in a can if shielding is required, but derate the 
dissipation somewhat and consider heat sinking them.  I made one by 
soldering resistors between the center conductor of some RG-8 and two 
pigtails of the braid.  It gives low SWR even at 2 meter frequency.  I 
didn't shield it and I never apply power for an extended time.

73 de WOØW

Jim Lux wrote:

>I'm looking for inexpensive HF dummy loads for a phased array 
>project.  They only need to handle 10 Watts or so, and preferably would 
>have PL259 connectors on them (as opposed to SO239).
>I have a few of the $40 MFJ260's (25W continuous rating) and they're in the 
>ballpark, but since I need a bunch of them, I'm looking for something less 
>expensive, if it exists.
>Just looking aroundn for other sources of such things.

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