Since I had a few minutes after the XYL went to bad (after a *very* busy Saturday for both of us), I went into the basement and played with the antenna analyzer.
This isn't the most ground-breaking post on my blog, but they don't really teach much about antenna analysis in traffic engineering classes!
The first thing I did was drop the frequency of the analyzer to something low and see how much power the analyzer puts out. 4V peak-peak.
SWR Check - 25 Ohms
SWR is based on the mismatch between the impedance of the source and the load. So a 2:1 SWR could mean that the load is twice or half the source impedance. So I decided to put a few resistor arrangements on the analyzer and see if what happens is what I thought would happen.
SWR Check - 100 Ohms
Since I couldn't figure out a way to make my two BNC terminators in series, I pulled a resistor out of my parts bin. It was really a 98.3 ohm resistor, according to my non-lab-grade Radio Shack meter, so I figure that's close enough!
Other Dummy Load Test
I had a dummy load I built for QRP uses (specifically the Softrock). I built it a while back, which is why the callsign is wrong.
So the MFJ-259B has a capacitance check on it. This is really for the capacitance of an antenna, not for what I did in the pictures below. I basically took a ceramic disk capacitor and clipped one end to the ground and the other I held into the center conductor of the antenna port. This is a 10,000 pF capacitor.
I figured the stuff above was a little more fun than me talking about how I tested every antenna I own... again.