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Old 1st May 2008, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default Stepped attenuator resistor calculation software

Jim Tonne, who writes some interesting software for ham radio and EE use (http://tonnesoftware.com/) has come up with a program to calculate resistor values for DIY stepped attenuators.

You specify number of switch positions, end-to-end resistance, and dB/step. It tells you what resistors to use.

I don't think the program is linked from his home page, but you can download it here:


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Stepped attenuator resistor calculation software
25 position limit, and single dB attenuation per step across the range, a bit limiting.
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There are several of these on line as well.


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Question 3 dB steps

Who else thinks that 3 dB steps are quite ok?

I noticed this when I used a remote controller to adjust volume. Usually I noticed that when I did, I had to do more than 10 dB adjustments and 3 dB would be a fine adjustment.

I know that 3 dB step in signal level means double or half power, but still, this is what I noticed.
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Old 13th October 2013, 03:27 PM   #6
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3dB is noticeable by the ear.

I'm designing with 2dB steps to make it seem like "fine control".

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