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I need a resistor

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by W4HWD, Sep 11, 2019.

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  1. W4HWD

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    I need a 1000ohm non-inductive resistor to go across my Inverted-L to ground. Max power used is 500w (if that matters). Where to find one? Or, if you have one lying around I'll send you a couple bucks for it and postage. Let me know.

    Harry W4HWD
  2. W4KJG

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    More info about the antenna is needed. Is the inverted L end fed or center fed? Do you have any idea what the impedance or voltage will will be where the resistor is connected?
  3. KD8DEY

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  4. K0UO

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    Non inductive resistors in the 250 watt design are very hard to find, and they're going to cost several hundred dollars if you try to find a new one.
    Large used one are becoming almost impossible to find.
    I use a number of them on my rhombic and terminated Vee beams.
    It looks like you're trying to shut to ground so you don't need a resistor I need a shunt coil?????
  5. NW2K

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  6. K7TRF

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    There’s no reason the resistor has to be non inductive in this application. A suitably large inductance works just fine as a DC and static dissipation device and an inductive large value resistor works fine as well.
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  7. WB2WIK

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    Harry, can you tell us what the resistor is "for?"

    And will it parallel the feedpoint at the bottom of an inverted L?

    I can't think of any reason to do this; "static drain" (to prevent high voltage from appearing on your feedline due to local lightning transients and other weather conditions) doesn't require anything nearly as low resistance as 1000 Ohms.
  8. KB1CKT

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    What is the impedance at the antenna base? If it's around 50 ohms, then I'd probably use some 1W carbon resistors in the 100k region. Maybe use some in series if worried.
  9. W4HWD

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    It is for static drain. I picked 1000ohms because I Googled it and read some old posts.

    Base Impedance is ~41 ohms.
  10. WB2WIK

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    Probably a typo, or just a mistake.

    If you place 1000 Ohms across your 41 Ohm load, at 500W output power, you'll be dissipating ~20W in the 1K resistor and of course lose that power when you transmit.

    A static drain resistor can be more like 50K Ohms to do this job. Actually, it can be an RF Choke instead of a resistor, and using the right one, it won't dissipate any power at all but will drain static down to 0V.:)
    AG5CK, WA7PRC, WB5YUZ and 3 others like this.

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