An NMR Q-switch was designed and constructed specifically for use with low-field NMR apparatus. This featured a comparatively simple resistive damping design. It served to reduce the r.f. probe ring-down time, and hence reduced the signal acquisition delay from 25 ms to 9 ms, on an Earth's magnetic field NMR system. The advantage of this earlier acquisition was demonstrated for both an aqueous suspension of iron oxide particles and using an NMR flow meter.