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Reviews Summary for Bird 8173 50 ohm Dummyload
Bird 8173 50 ohm Dummyload Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$500
Description: 300 watts
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WA4DOU Rating: 5/5 Jan 7, 2005 08:24 Send this review to a friend
A Real DummyLoad  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Recently I was in the market for another dummyload. I reviewed the amateur oriented dummyloads, inc. "cantenna" style loads, a resistor in a 1 gal. paint bucket of oil. I found loads from $35-$300. Invariably they were light duty devices and typically could handle 100 watts to 1500 watts + but with derating curves for any given power level, sometimes to as little as 10 seconds. The bucket loads do a good job but always develop an oily film on top for dust to collect. You can't prevent this. I decided to purchase a used commercial load. This one is 300 watts continuous and can handle higher power levels if you appropriately derate it. And their vswr curve is very low into the several gigahertz range. There are a number of models and power ranges of these loads and in good used condition they can be obtained at a fraction of their original cost and at a very favorable price compared to amateur loads. I recommend these as serious loads that will perform for a lifetime.

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