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This site provides information about both dip meters and Grid Dip Oscillator (GDO)

Some of the functions of the dip meter have been replaced by the antenna analyzer which can perform analysis and frequency performance of an antenna with very accurate data. However, the dip meter is used for rapid resonance checks, primarily for circuits of transmitters, receivers, or other tank circuit elements. One additional feature that is not used much is the ability to determine relative Q of coils, whether toriods or air gap coils.

When cost is an issue, a dip meter can provide some similar functions and in a few cases can perform some specialized test functions that are not practical with an antenna analyzer. Example: Relative effects of loose and tight coupling. The ability to move the dip meter's coil around a coil under test, allows for fast analysis and visual display, in real time, of the coupling effects.

In this site, the acronym GDO (Grid Dip Oscillator) is used synonomously with dip meter, understanding that solid state circuits are the modern replacement.

For those who wish to construct there own dip meters, you will find the links helpful from the variety of circuits shown and principles of design.


Shown below is the Heath HD-1250 with a 3 to 6 MHz coil.


Heathkit 1250 22 Knight 23

Click on the photo for a technical review of the GDO.


Click on the photo for a review of the Knight G-30.


Click on the photo for a review of the GDO.

B-W meter 20 PACO 25

Click on the photo for a review of the PACO meter.

Measurements Corp 18

Click on the photo for a review of the GDO.


Lafayette 21

Click on the photo for a review of the TE-18

"A low cost piece of test equipment for the radio amateur."


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