[volt-nuts] Fluke 332B

Jerry Hancock jerry at hanler.com
Mon Feb 20 15:51:32 EST 2017

I took some of the 100K 1/4 watt resistors from my DAS-46 and heated them with a soldering iron.  They ran high pretty quickly.  I then used a cheap, 1% Chinese brand metal film and they ran high just about as quickly.  The 5% Chinese brand ran low a lot faster.  Just bringing the soldering iron near them  Interesting in that using one of each, the resistance stayed about right on the parallel value.  I then used a high quality Vishay and I couldn’t get it to move with the soldering iron without touching it.  These resistors cost about .40 per at Mouser.   I was just using my Agilent DMM so I’m sure they were moving, just not within the resolution of the meter.  The bottom line is that the carbon comp I replaced with the 50 cent per Vishay was a good move.  Had I used the 5% I have, it would have been about the same.  

> On Feb 20, 2017, at 12:36 PM, kc9ieq <kc9ieq at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Very interesting, very curious to hear your conclusion!  
> My thought would be to replace these with standard value 5% resistors having good temp co, as calibration should surely make up for any subpar values--  my thinking is that temp drift would be a more major consideration for overall stability.  If this is a false assumption of would certainly like to learn why.  
> Perhaps the old Allen Bradley carbon comps were special in this regard, but the data sheet I've seen for currently available comp resistors had a horrible temperature coefficient--  much worse than the "better" film resistors available today.  I stock the Vishay PR02 metal films for rebuilding old tube stuff, which have a temp comp of +/- 250ppm/K.  There are much more stable options out there, but I chose this line because of the 500V rating and dark red/brown color which blends into an old chassis more so than tan or bright blue.  
> Regards, 
> Chris 

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