Low Pass Filter
There is some confusion about what filters do. Many think filters absorb unwanted energy, converting unwanted energy to heat inside the filter. Another common thought is filters route unwanted energy to ground, making unwanted signals vanish in the equipment or station ground system.
Filters, unless they contain some form of diplexer, reflect unwanted signals back toward the source. Typical filters (and stubs) create a large impedance mismatch at the harmonic, ideally an open or short, although some systems might work best with a certain value and sign of reactance.
Let's look at one filter design in SPICE.
Inside the filter below:
RL1, 2, and 3 represent inductor losses.
RC1 and 2 represent capacitor losses.
Outside the filter:
L4, RL, and C3 represent a frequency-selective load tuned to 80 meters.
Rs is source resistance.
With the 80-meter low pass filter, on 3.6 MHz and 7.2 MHz for peak heat, we have:
3.6 MHz low pass filter, with capacitor input
The data above shows filters reflect harmonics back toward the source, through mismatch. Filters generally do not absorb unwanted signals, nor do they route harmonics to ground.
As with stubs, filters normally have sweet and sour spots along transmission lines. The sweet spot is normally NOT directly at the output port of an amplifier for high-frequency band harmonics for both filters and stubs, and is more often very close to the antenna if it is placed near anything, yet we normally place filters right at the amplifier. I believe the idea a stub or filter needs to be near the transmitter comes from early-day TVI filters.