Dummy Load confusion

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by DAMO666, Jul 12, 2021.

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  1. WG7X

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    That statement alone will get you a lot of heat here. This is an amateur radio web site and as such, we should not give you a lot of help with citizens band amplifiers and associated equipment.

    That said, you're already getting helpful advice from the fellows. One basic note is that AC and DC work in different ways. That's why using a VOM to test any RF equipment might give you the wrong indications. RF is, at heart, AC at higher frequencies that what comes out of your wall outlet...
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  2. W4NNF

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    Yep, right on.
  3. W9WQA

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    but,a 35 ohm reading is a problem...dc or not
  4. K8JD

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    The looks of the risistor reminds me of a wire-wound resistor, any inductive impedance would meke it "Iffy" as a RF load.
    The device you have is not very reliable , IMHO.

    Wonder what A "CB" guy needs with a 1 KW load, Pruely illegal to run more than a few Watts from a CB radio.
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  5. WA9SVD

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    5 Watts AM, 12 Watts PEP for SSB the last I heard...:rolleyes: (NO other modes are "legal.")
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  6. N4ZAW

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    I'm a ham and an avid CBer who likes seeing CBers here asking technical questions.
    Outside of the dummy load itself, check the coax for heating also. When coax gets subject to high levels of RF, (even RF in-resonance) it's impedance changes, as well as velocity factor, and rf losses. The amount of this fluctuation is, of course, dependent upon the quality of the coax. With quality coax, these fluctuations aren't enough to worry about. But in some poor quality stuff, these changes can be swift and drastic. What I'm trying to say is, try better coax, and inspect all connectors/connections. If no joy, borrow a different dummy load (if you can find one) and re-check the system, coax and all, to see if the problem goes away.
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  7. WA9SVD

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    A change in a dummy load, both DC resistance and RF impedance can be indicative of an excessive amount of power having been applied.

    1.Did the dummy load EVER have the proper DC resistance,.
    2. Did it ever show a 1.0:1 SWR at it's rated frequency range, (or at least the lower HF region?)
    3. Is it truly able to handle the power it is supposed to handle? And is it continuous power, OR (VERY) intermittent power? (Some dummy loads have inflated ratings, and are only for 10-30 seconds ON, and several minutes OFF.
    4. Was it ever subject to excessive power, either accidentally or on purpose?.
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  8. WA1UIL

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    So are we testing the dummy load or the power amp?
  9. N7EKU

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    It states on the label that it should present 50 ohms from DC to 500 MHz (I guess none of the previous commentators noted the "DC" part). With the construction, I really don't see the design as being capable of that (seems to be a lot of inductance on that insulator at the connector end). A good wide-range dummy load is made to show 50 ohms DC resistance with the minimal amount of reatance possible.

    Regardless, with the resistor showing 35 ohms, it is way off the value printed on the resistor itself (50 ohms). So I would say some damage has occurred. Normally, resistance increases with heat.

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  10. WA4SIX

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    Call the manufacturer.


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