Do You Own a Dummy Load ?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by NN4RH, Dec 25, 2020.


Do you have a dummy load or can get one easily ?

  1. Yes.

    115 vote(s)
  2. No, but I know who does and I can borrow it easily.

    2 vote(s)
  3. No, but I'd buy one if I ever need it.

    8 vote(s)
  4. No. I will never use a dummy load.

    2 vote(s)
  5. No. Never thought about it before.

    2 vote(s)
  6. What's a dummy load ?

    2 vote(s)
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  1. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have TWO big DUMMIES.

    ........Anyone that operates an amplifier NEEDS to have a dummy load.
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  2. K2CD

    K2CD Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes, I would be a dummy not to.
    N0TZU likes this.
  3. KC3PBI

    KC3PBI XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Mine's a 25W virtue signaler. No other known use.
  4. F8WBD

    F8WBD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would never be without one.!! They have become less popular since solid-state finals.
  5. KK6ILV

    KK6ILV Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have always had a dummy load with my station for tuning and diagnostic purpose, it would not be a complete station without one.
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  6. VE3CGA

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    I never had one whern I had tube finals or an old soldid state rig.
    Antennas usually tuned really close. Used to turn the power down to a few watts to get the swr mapped out.
    Made one when I bought my IC9100 and built its power supply (tested it with my old ft757gx).
    Wouldnt be with out it today, was able to test my wifi relay box to see if it changed swr.
    Used it as much as the mfj antenna analyser
    Was a cheap build using a hi power termination tab resistor mounted on a big heat sink
  7. PD2R

    PD2R Ham Member QRZ Page

    IMHO every ham should have a dummy load and a good external SWR meter for trouble shooting.
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  8. N3EG

    N3EG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have many. One even has a service monitor built around it.
  9. G8FXC

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    I do, but it is built into a manual ATU that is now retired and sitting on a shelf in the shack. Since all my cabling is hidden, it would be a bit of a pain to get it into circuit, so I would need a good reason to do so.

    When I did have it permanently installed, I used it fairly frequently to set up modulation levels for digital modes. These days, I tend to rely on guesswork and low power out on a band that it closed.

    Martin (G8FXC)
  10. WD4CHP

    WD4CHP Ham Member QRZ Page

    RTTY is 5 level code and only has CAPS.

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