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Reviews Categories | SWR & Wattmeters & Dummy Loads | Palstar DL2K Dummy Load Help

Reviews Summary for Palstar DL2K Dummy Load
Palstar DL2K Dummy Load Reviews: 31 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $Suggested Retail Price $159.95
Description: Specifications 2000 watts for 1.5 minutes Fan cooled ( switched ) Frequency range DC to 30 Mhz Internal wattmeter and analog metering
Product is in production.
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W9OWO Rating: 3/5 May 4, 2017 04:11 Send this review to a friend
Works Okay  Time owned: more than 12 months
It's difficult to 'rave' about something that performs as you have a right to expect. I've had my DL2K since 2013 and it gets occasional use. When I need it, I'm glad to have it. My rating is just "OK" because of the low quality printing on the meter scale. The red ink has faded to pale pink. It still works okay but just looks cheap. I can only hope the other components are more durable. I expect better from Palstar. A replacement meter costs $20- I guess that's a $5 per year "subscription."
W7VI Rating: 5/5 Aug 30, 2015 14:45 Send this review to a friend
Quality craftmanship  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just purchase the DL2K from DX Engineering and have used for about a week. First I have a Palstar
AT1500CV which I use with the DL2K and the Amp is an ALS- 1306. As always Palstar Equipment is first class. When tuning up the scale on the ALS-1306 and the DL2K mactch with my Bird . The DL2K is a great assist to the station tuning up is quick
If you are using an Amp or not the DL2K is a must in the shack and Palstar is the equipment to use.
It is dependable.
G3RXQ Rating: 4/5 Jun 17, 2011 08:54 Send this review to a friend
Could be better  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had my DL2K for a couple of years. The plus points are that it is well built and easy to use.

The downsides are that, despite Palstar having their own name printed on the 4 load resistors they all appear to be 60 ohms rather than 50 ohms. Did they get them cheap ?

The end result is a 60 ohm dummy load which gives an SWR of 1:1.2. Not show stopping, but irritating.

Also the red ink used on the meter scale has faded badly in the sunlight, and I have had to go over it with a red pen.
N3JBH Rating: 4/5 Dec 18, 2010 15:31 Send this review to a friend
Not bad but not perfect  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have the older unit with the switch on the rear. It was no problem i moved it myself it was a simple over sight i am sure. My complaint is it is not 50 ohms mine reads 88 ohms. still it works but do not expect to find a 1:1 match using the load
K9SQG Rating: 5/5 Jul 10, 2009 13:49 Send this review to a friend
Top notch! Robust.  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Beefy unit with typical high quality Palstar is known for. It's dry, has a built-in fan, and you don't have to worry about an extrnal wattmeter. It's ratings are more than adequate for my testing and repair of linears. Only negative is the scaling on the wattmeter that takes some study before each use. Definately a keeper. Few companies have quality like this.

Thanks Palstar!
N2TU Rating: 5/5 Feb 9, 2009 16:50 Send this review to a friend
Two Thumbs Up!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased the older version of the DL2K from an estate sale, however it doesn't have some of the niceties of the newer DL2K units. It is, however, built with the same high quality as my AT4K tuner.

The newer version of DL2K Dummy Load is equipped with a thermostatically controlled fan, larger lighted meter and the coax connector in the rear.

Not needing another SWR/Power meter in the shack, I was OK with the smaller meter and a front mounted coax connector didn't bother me. I did want a thermostatically controlled fan so I called Paul.

I purchased the board required and did the modification. It works great. As I increase power, the board senses the load resistors heating up and turns the fan on full blast. While I had the DL2K open, I installed meter lamps and fused the new circuit board.

I pushed 1.5KW into the Dummy Load and the unit appeared to handle it with ease.

By the way, good old US Postal Service manhandled the shipment and I wound up with a defective thermistor. I called Paul and I had a new one in two days. No questions asked! He was great to deal with and I have an upgraded DL2K.

If anyone needs pictures of the mod or instructions, I'd be glad to pass them along. (my call at
W7CNK Rating: 5/5 Nov 2, 2008 08:20 Send this review to a friend
Ezcellent product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The mechanical design is great, very solid. The fan is a bit noisy but it hard to find a fan of this size that isnít. The highest power Iíve used is 1KW and it handled that just fine. The power meter is accurate, however, I believe it should read Peak Power not Average, Iíll probably correct that issue after the warranty period. I would recommend this dummy load itís an excellent product.
PA3HGT Rating: 4/5 Aug 22, 2008 13:14 Send this review to a friend
Fan is noisy  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This dummyload was new when i bought it from Gaga-products.(nice company!)
Good product but the fan is really noisy.
It's like a Boeing-747 is starting their engines !
For the rest good quality product and accurate powermeter,good enough for my Acom 2000a.

OE3SGU Rating: 5/5 Jul 9, 2008 07:10 Send this review to a friend
Very valuable addition to the shack  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After my purchase of the AT2K and experiencing the superb quality of this tuner, I could not resist and added the DL2K. It shows the same great quality and the meter seems to be quite accurate. As everything from Palstar I ever owned it is wellworth the money allthough it is not cheap. But it might save you some trouble that you could experience with other less quality products. Guess its the last dummy load I will ever need. Waiting patiently for a new model of the Palstar antenna analyzer that adds at least 6m.
NY2KW Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2008 17:35 Send this review to a friend
Great Company - Great DL  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned my DL2K for about 2 years. It has worked flawlessly even beyond legal limit with key down with my Alpha 87A. Yes, the fan is a bit noisy but hey it's a DL and you're not on the air and the fan works when I pumping almost 2k into it. I recently had a problem, beyond warranty and not even a real warranty issue if it were still covered. I emailed Paul... he is very busy and you might not think he is reading but low and behold, I received a very special box by UPS within a few days. Paul knows how to stand behind his products when other companies would not even tread. My appreciation to him and Palstar for a great Ham USA company. BTW, their AT-AUTO is also one FB tuner. It memorizes all of the best matched settings with my ICOM/Alpha combination and just effortlessly tunes across bands, etc as I listen for DX and it's then all set for me as soon as I hit that xmit button on my mic. Another made in the USA perfect tank.
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