{Collins} Re: Home-Brew Solid-State 5R4 - 5U4



"The resistors are a good idea, but you also should shunt the resistors with .01 mf caps as smoothing filters... check the ARRL handbook for this use."

It used to be common to put resistors and capacitors across diodes in series. That is no longer true. The ARRL Handbook used to mention putting resistors and capacitors across the diodes. Today, it states the contrary. Not only are resistors not necessary, because of the avalanche characteristics of newer diodes, it now says: "shunt resistors can actually cause problems because they can produce a low impedance source of damaging current in any diode that may have reached avalanche potential".

73, Colin K7FM
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