I just went through this situation in which I needed a frequency counter to set 3 circuits. It took me a year to get the counter. That sucks!
Make one with a microcontroller, and when you are living in rural nowhere buy a kit "numerical dial" as suggested in a recent posting, which is a counter with IF offset. Can be used to extend your QRP set. Hendricks QRP sets, something like that.
You have a black Japanese cabinet with a 100 small buttons as rig, I suppose, and you are proud owner I suppose, that emits frequencies related to the dial, you can use these as know frequencies, or a griddipper, checked with your Japanese appliance dial reading.
I built my QRP dummy load (as PA0BLAH suggested) because I happened to have a drawer full of 2w resistors.
Mil.Spec. I suppose.
Dutch translated proverb: Who transport apples by ship eats apples.
Put a pair in an envelope en sent that guy a few. That is ham spirit. Not hamspirit is telling that PA0BLAH produces only dogshit and warn other writers they can better not react.
In case VIS doesn't have said drawer full of resistors, the name of the game is speed
Nothing about that, he didn't even react till right now, has a link to read, and can easily wait, only children have the strong desire of instantaneous desire fulfillment.
Four 1 W resistors of 220 Ohm will do equally well, or 16 resistors 820 ohm 0.25 W