- on Test & Measurement
- Published in issue 7/2005 on page 0
Transistor Dip Meter
The dip meter consists of a tunable RF oscillator whose resonant circuit is held in the vicinity of a resonant circuit to be checked. If the frequencies of the two circuits match, the circuit being measured draws energy from the oscillator circuit. This can be measured. This type of meter is also called a ‘grid dip meter’, since it was originally built using a valve. The amplitude of the voltage on the tuned circuit could be measured from the grid leakage current. Such meters typically have a set of interchangeable coils and several frequency scales.