I know its' probably easier to buy one, but I enjoy making things that work
Yup! It's usually lots more fun using something we made ourselves, not to mention that we learn things in the process. :-)
I have a 75 ohm Heath Cantenna clone I made years ago from series/parallel carbon comp resistors, as well as a smaller UHF dummy load made from paralleled, nearly leadless resistors soldered between sheets of flashing copper. They work as well as anything you can buy, for our uses.