[TowerTalk] inexpensive dummy loads

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 16 17:00:06 EDT 2006

At 12:36 PM 8/16/2006, Red wrote:
>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.

I had contemplated such a thing, but I was looking for something that I 
didn't have to build.  There's a difference between 30 seconds to screw a 
load onto a connector and 20 minutes of getting out the soldering iron, 
trimming resistor leads, finding the heat shrink, etc.

And, FWIW, it's getting harder to find carbon comp resistors...Mouser only 
has 51 ohm resistors in 1/2 watt

You can get nice TO-220 style packaged non-inductive resistors from Caddock

the MP930-50-1% is about $2.90 each in Qty 10 from mouser

But, they'll need a heatsink of some sort.  You could probably use some 
sort of clip on finned dohickey for TO220 devices.

So, by the time you buy a connector for a couple bucks, a resistor for $3, 
a heatsink for a buck, mounting hardware, and then fabricate everything, a 
$10-20 load that's already assembled and reasonably rugged is starting to 
look like a good deal.

That said, I have contemplated designing a high power load (for oil 
immersion)  based on a bunch of the higher power Caddock parts.  It would 
be a PC board that you'd solder a bunch of series/parallel resistors into, 
and then immerse in the traditional paint can of oil.  The noninductive 
Carborundum/Cesewid/Globar style resistors have gotten pretty expensive in 
small quantities. 

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