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Suggestions for a dummy load.

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by old goat 321, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. old goat 321

    old goat 321 Well-Known Member

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    I would like to buy a dummy load to test some of my radios but not sure what to get. Right now my capability is 6 to 160 meter and 100 watts. Ive seen all kinds of shapes and sizes, dry, oil, some with meters. I have a MFJ872 swr/watt meter. Just looking to be able to safely test my radios. Any suggestions pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated.


     

  2. midnight special

    midnight special Well-Known Member

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    i use a older heathkit and works ok for me and it was priced right at 10 dollars
     
  3. Woody-202

    Woody-202 Well-Known Member

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    I've used a couple low wattage dummy loads, even a light bulb (back in the day) but for the last decade I've been happy enough with the MFJ-260C 300 watt dummy load. New, they're around $50. I think I bought mine second hand for around $30.
     
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  4. S&W357

    S&W357 WDX-556 Supporting Member Space For Rent

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    Same here Woody-202...MFJ-260C 300 Watt Dummy Load (O-650 MHZ) works good for me as well. (y)
     
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  5. old goat 321

    old goat 321 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your reply. I know its probably a very novice question. I really dont know anything abou
    Thanks guys, i was looking at that very same unit on DX Engineering this morning. Can i use the dummy load with the mfj 872? Radio-watt meter-dummy load? Sorry for the novice questions.
     
  6. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    #6 Tallman, Oct 17, 2019
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  7. old goat 321

    old goat 321 Well-Known Member

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    I agree, a lot to learn
     
  8. Woody-202

    Woody-202 Well-Known Member

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    (y) Yep, it will work fine
     
  9. 999

    999 Well-Known Member

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    I've been using a cantenna 1000 watt oil filled dummy load for years I even tested my sweet sixteen into it for a short burst and it's still running with no issues.
     
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