Dummy load antenna??

shues

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May 21, 2010
10,320
NW Indiana
Your local hamfest should be replete with dummy loads or people who will sell you the parts and tell you how to make your own.
 

NPS Ranger

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May 21, 2010
1,990
Penn's Woods
A dummy load is to put impedance on the output, not to transmit with. Get a length of coax with the proper connector, and strip the braid insulation back from the other end of it for a length corresponding to the lowband frequency you use, so all you have left is the sheathed conductor. Voila, instant antenna.
 

shues

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May 21, 2010
10,320
NW Indiana
I presume the OP wants a dummy load so that he does not transmit any real distance from the radio. His original purpose is listed as testing pagers.


A dummy load will turn the vast majority of the RF into heat, but there will be enough remaining within a few feet or yards to test pagers without the whole county hearing it.
 

mojo3120

Member
May 24, 2010
84
Charlotte, NC
shues said:
I presume the OP wants a dummy load so that he does not transmit any real distance from the radio. His original purpose is listed as testing pagers.

A dummy load will turn the vast majority of the RF into heat, but there will be enough remaining within a few feet or yards to test pagers without the whole county hearing it.

Actually, I guess I don't really care how far it transmits, no one in the county is on lowband anyway. I was looking for a dummy load bc I've always been told not to transmit on a radio w/ no antenna.
 

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