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MDB Ventures offers vaccum tubes and other items for sale. We also provide free helpful information related to vacuum tubes that can be downloaded from this site. To see a description of the information available, click on one of the name links below. After you've read the description, if you want to download a copy of the file, just click on the filename.



Vacuum Tube Information from MDB Ventures


Information on Tube Transconductance (Mutual Conductance)
transconductance.pdf
Bytes: 5,473,502, Date: 194?
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This file contains information on tube transconductance. How it is computed and how it is used. It is one of the best descriptions around. It is simple and doesn't get very deep into the math. It is an old 1940s Bell Labs document written by T. Slonczewski.

Keywords: TUBE TRANSCONDUCTANCE MUTUAL CONDUCTANCE BELL

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Information on Tube Measurements and Tube Tester Results
mutualconductance.txt
Bytes: 10862, Date: 21 May 2013
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This file contains information on tube measurements, including mutual conductance, grid voltage, plate resistance, plate current and plate voltage. This is primarily a description of the underlaying physical aspects of the tube and how it works. The text only very lightly touches on the math. If you know Ohms law you will be perfectly comfortable reading this article.

Keywords: TUBE MUTUAL CONDUCTANCE TRANSCONDUCTANCE PLATE RESISTANCE CURRENT

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Information on Testing Photodiode Tubes
photodiodetesting.txt
Bytes: 5280, Date: 25-MAY-12
photodiodetesting.jpg
Bytes: 22297, Date: 25-MAY-12
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These two files contains information on how to test photodiode tubes as well as photoresistors and solid-state photodiodes. The text file describes how to perform the test, the second file shows the schematic.

Keywords: TUBE PHOTODIODE PHOTORESISTOR PHOTOCELL

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80/5Y3/5Z3/5U4 Fullwave Rectifier Tube Description and Replacement
fullrect.txt
Bytes: 32442, Date: 2-Nov-07
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This file is a description of the common 80, 5Y3, 5Z3 and 5U4 type fullwave rectifier tubes. It also describes when and how you can substitute the tubes with other common varieties and how to replace them with solid-state diodes.

Keywords: FULLWAVE RECTIFIER TUBE

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Rectifier Tube Operation and Notes
rectnotes.txt
Bytes: 31823, Date: 30-Jan-19
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This file is a simplified description of how rectifier tube circuits work.

Keywords: RECTIFIER TUBE CIRCUIT OPERATION

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Amphenol Magic Eye Assemblies
meyea.jpg
Bytes: 442083, Date: 30-Nov-04
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This file is a one page ad for the Amphenol magic eye tube mounting assembles It includes a detailed description of the assemblies and example diagrams for wiring eye tubes into existing circuits.

Keywords: AMPHENOL MAGIC EYE TUBE ASSEMBLY

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Replacing Magic Eye Tubes
eyeswap.txt
Bytes: 6560, Date: 1-Nov-07
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This is a short text file that describes how to replace certain magic eye tubes with other similar magic eye tubes.

Keywords: REPLACE MAGIC EYE TUBE

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Magic Eye Tube Numbers
eyetubes.txt
Bytes: 247, Date: 30-Nov-04
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This file contains a list of magic eye tube numbers.

Keywords: MAGIC EYE TUBE NUMBERS

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RCA UY-227 Information
rca27a.jpg Data Sheet
Bytes: 139637, Date: 30-Nov-04
rca27b.jpg License
Bytes: 112532, Date: 30-Nov-04
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These two files are from a data sheet included in a RCA UY-227 globe tube box. The first is the data sheet for the tube. The second is the license agreement. Yes, you had to open the package to read the agreement. Sound familiar?

Keywords: RCA UY-227 GLOBE TUBE DATA

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Common Cathode Dual Triodes
cc2tri.txt Common Cathode Dual Triodes
Bytes: 2065, Date: 25-Jan-08
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This text file is a summary of the various common cathode dual triodes produced.

Keywords: COMMON CATHODE DUAL TRIODE

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Tripple Triode Substitution
tripple.txt Replacing Tripple Triode Tubes
Bytes: 9326, Date: 26-April-17
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This text file describes alternate solutions to replacing tripple triode tubes.
The file was updated on 26 April 2017.

Keywords: TRIPPLE TRIODE TUBES 6C10 6K11 6Q11

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A listing of the various triode/pentode tubes
triodepentode.txt A listing of the various triode/pentode tubes
Bytes: 26837, Date: 27-April-17
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This text file contains a listing of the various triode/pentode tubes.
The file was updated on 27 April 2017.

Keywords: TRIODE PENTODE TUBES 6GH8 6AN8 6U8 ALL

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What Are Grid Clips?
gridclip.txt Grid clips and microphonics suppression
Bytes: 2065, Date: 25-Jan-08
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This text file is a description of grid clips and how they supress microphonics.

Keywords: GRID CLIP CLIPS MICROPHONICS SUPRESSION

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Burroughs Nixie Tube Information
bnixie.zip Burroughs Document on Nixie Tubes
Bytes: 4,422,046, Date: 2-Oct-08
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This is a zip file containing eight pages (JPG format) from a Burroughs document about their Nixie tubes including, data, characteristics and circuit designs.

Keywords: BURROUGHS NIXIE TUBE DATA

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Burroughs B7971 Tube Information
b7971.zip Burroughs B7971 Documents
Bytes: 865,741, Date: 2-Oct-08
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This is a zip file containing four pages (JPG format) from Burroughs documents about their B7971 Nixie tubes.

Keywords: BURROUGHS B7971 NIXIE TUBE DATA

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Burroughs B7971 Circuit Schematic
b7971-brd.png Burroughs B7971 Circuit Schematic
Bytes: 150,839, Date: 28-Oct-09
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This is a png file containing the schematic of the stock quote circuit board. Sorry about the poor quality, it is all we have. It is a high resolution scan of a copy of a copy of a copy of a....

Keywords: BURROUGHS B7971 NIXIE TUBE BOARD SCHEMATIC

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A long and rambling history of the 6SN7 and its successors
hist6sn7.txt 6SN7 History
Bytes: 13,922, Date: 1-Aug-18
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This is a text file containing a long and rambling history of the 6SN7 and some of its successors as well as a side trip to design issues such as getters.

Keywords: 6SN7 TUBE HISTORY GETTERS

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Low Voltage Space Charge Tubes
spacecharge.txt Low Voltage Space Charge Tubes
Bytes: 10,644, Date: 30-Nov-08
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This is a text file containing a discussion about low voltage space charge tubes. Low voltage space charge tubes are tubes that can operate at "safe" voltages (30 volts or less).

Keywords: SPACE CHARGE LOW VOLTAGE TUBE HISTORY

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Vacuum Tubes for Battery Radios
batradio.txt Battery Radio Vacuum Tubes
Bytes: 10,596, Date: 25-Jun-09
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This is a text file containing a discussion about tubes used in battery powered radios. A list of the common battery radio tubes is provided.

Keywords: BATTERY RADIO VACUUM TUBE

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Everyready 1954 Radio Battery Guide - Large format
batteries-e.zip Everyready 1954 Radio Battery Guide - Large format
Bytes: 2323KB, Date: 12-Apr-15
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This is a zip file containing a scan of the 1954 Everready Radio Battery Guide for battery powered radios. This is a large format scan.

Keywords: BATTERY RADIO VACUUM TUBE

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Everyready 1954 Radio Battery Guide - Small format
batteries-s.zip Everyready 1954 Radio Battery Guide - Small format
Bytes: 810KB, Date: 12-Apr-15
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This is a zip file containing a scan of the 1954 Everready Radio Battery Guide for battery powered radios. This is a small format scan (half the size of the large format).

Keywords: BATTERY RADIO VACUUM TUBE

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Everyready 1954 Radio Battery Quick Guide
batteries-x.jpg Everyready 1954 Radio Battery Quick Guide
Bytes: 169KB, Date: 12-Apr-15
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This is a jpg file containing a small format scan of the 1954 Everready Radio Battery Quick Guide for battery powered radios. This is a small format scan of the last page of the Everready Radio Battery Guide which contains a summary of the full radio battery guide.

Keywords: BATTERY RADIO VACUUM TUBE

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Voltage Regulator Tubes
voltreg.txt Voltage Regulator Tubes
Bytes: 16,325, Date: 15-Apr-13
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This is a text file containing a discussion about voltage regulator tubes. A list of the common voltage regulator tubes is provided.

Keywords: VOLTAGE REGULATOR TUBE

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6G11 to 6GE8 Adapter
6g11-6ge8-adapter.txt How to use a 6G11 in place of a 6GE8
Bytes: 431, Date: 6-May-13
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This is a text file describing how to build an adapter to use a 6G11 compactron tube in place of a 6GE8 tube.

Keywords: VOLTAGE REGULATOR TUBE

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RCA SK3756 Solid State HV Rectifier Substitution Guide
sk3756.jpg Substitution Guide for tubes replacable by the RCA SK3756
Bytes: 57657, Date: 12-Feb-19
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This is the substitution guide for tubes replacable by the RCA SK3756 High Voltage solid state rectifier

Keywords: RCA HIGH VOLTAGE RECTITFIER SUBSTITUTION

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Sylvania ECG Solid State HV Rectifier Substitution Guide
sylvania-hv-rect.zip Substitution Guide for tubes replacable by Sylvania ECG Parts
Bytes: 382176, Date: 26-Mar-19
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This is the substitution guide for tubes replacable by Sylvania ECG Solid State HV Rectifier Parts
It consists of two jpg files stored in the zip file.

Keywords: SYLVANIA HIGH VOLTAGE RECTITFIER SUBSTITUTION ECG508 ECG509 ECG510 ECG511 ECG512 ECG513 ECG514

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  • Sylvania Solid State HV Rectifier Substitution Guide - Substitution Guide for tubes replacable by Sylvania Parts

    Tube Tester Information from MDB Ventures


    Tester Types
    testertypes.txt
    Bytes: 11504, Date: 2-Mar-19
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    This is a text file containing a description of the four basic tube tester types you will encounter, what makes them different from each other, and which will likely work for your situation.

    Keywords: TUBE TESTER TYPES

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    Hickok 539A Operators Manual
    hickok539a-op.zip
    Bytes: 5300429, Date: 14-Jul-17
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    This is a zip file containing 17 pages of Hickok 539A Operator Instruction Manual including the schematics.

    Keywords: HICKOK 539A TUBE TESTER OPERATOR INSTRUCTION MANUAL

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    Superior Model 820 Tube setup charts
    super820.zip
    Bytes: 626265, Date: 30-Nov-04
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    This is a zip file containing ten pages of tube setup charts for the Superior model 820 tube tester. It also includes a page describing how to use the crt test adapter with the model 820.

    Keywords: SUPERIOR 820 TUBE TESTER CHARTS

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    Jackson Model 648R Schematic
    j648r.gif
    Bytes: 541659, Date: 30-Nov-04
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    This file contains the schematic for the Jackson model 648R Tube Tester.

    Keywords: JACKSON 648 TUBE TESTER SCHEMATIC

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    Buying, Restoring, Troubleshooting, Repairing and Calibrating the Eico 666/667 Tube Tester
    These files describe what to look for when buying an Eico 666 or 667 tube tester, how to restore them and how to calibrate them, how to troubleshoot problems and how to repair the testers.
    It also includes some simple modifications that can be done to improve the reliability of the tester.
    Plus a couple files describing the meter circuit calibration and how to test for problems.

    restr666.txt Buying restoring and calibration the tester
    Bytes: 48567, Date: 31-May-13 - Updated 31 Mar 2019
    eico666-667-repair.txt Detailed Troubleshooting and Repairing the Tester
    Bytes: 55502, Date: 22-Feb-19 - Updated 31 Mar 2019
    666-667-mod.png Circuit diagram of the tester protection mods
    Bytes: 11726, Date: 31-May-13 - Updated 30 Mar 2019
    eico666meter-power-notes.txt A description of the meter calibration circuit
    Bytes: 8731, Date: 14-Jul-17 - Updated 31 Mar 2019
    eico666tester-meter-check.txt How to check the meter circuit.
    Bytes: 16368, Date: 14-Jul-17 - Updated 31 Mar 2019
    Eico 666/667 repair parts
    Bytes: 3911, Date: 30-Mar-19
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    This file contains information on buying, restoring and calibrating the Eico 666 and 667 Tube Testers.

    Keywords: Eico 666 667 TUBE TESTER BUY CALIBRATE MODIFY

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    Testing Tubes Using the Eico 666 Tube Tester
    eicotesting.txt
    Bytes: 30355, Date: 20-Feb-11 - Updated 31 Mar 2019
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    This file contains information about testing tubes with the Eico 666 and 667 Tube Testers.
    How to verify existing test setups and how to create your own.

    Keywords: Eico 666 667 TUBE TESTER

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    Eico 666/667 Tube Tester Instruction and Construction Manuals (1959 version)
    This file is a copy of the Eico 666 tube tester instruction and construction manuals.
    The construction manual was provided as an insert to the instruction manual for the kit version of the Eico 666.

    eico666-instruction-manual.zip
    Bytes: 3.67MB, Date: 25-Mar-17
    eico666-construction-manual-small.zip
    Bytes: 1.86MB, Date: 4-Oct-17
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    These two zip files contain the instruction and construction manuals for the Eico 666 Tube Testers (1959 version).

    Keywords: Eico 666 TUBE TESTER CONSTRUCTION MANUAL

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    Setup Chart 666-05A (Annotated) for the Eico 666 Tube Tester
    eico666chart-05-annotated.zip
    Bytes: 2154663, Date: 7-Apr-17
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    This file contains my annotated 666-05 setup chart for 666/667 the Eico 666 and 667 Tube Testers.
    Note: this is a photocopy of my chart, so it is a bit hard to read is some areas.

    Keywords: Eico 666 667 TUBE TESTER 666-05A SETUP CHART ANNOTATED

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    Radiart 1945 Vibrator Replacement Handbook
    vibrators.pdf
    Bytes: 4,919,296, Date: 24-NOV-14
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    This file contains information on radio vibrators, their operation and their replacements.

    Keywords: RADIO VIBRATOR OPERATION REPLACEMENT

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    Transformer Wiring Color Codes
    transformer.txt
    Bytes: 874, Date: 2-JUL-07
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    This file contains information on transformer wiring color codes.

    Keywords: TRANSFORMER COLOR CODE

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    Ballast Resistor Identification Codes
    ballast.txt
    Bytes: 2630, Date: 2-JUL-07
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    This file contains information on ballast resistor identifier codes.

    Keywords: BALLAST RESISTOR TUBE CODE

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    How to Drive a 12.6V Heater From a 6.3V Supply
    heaters.txt
    Bytes: 4410, Date: 11-MAR-08
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    This file contains information on how to build a voltage doubler to drive a 12.6V tube heater from a 6.3V filament supply.

    Keywords: TUBE FILAMENT POWER SUPPLY DOUBLER

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    Hearing Aid Batteries
    hearingaidbatteries.txt
    Bytes: 10,596, Date: 10-Oct-08
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    This is a text file containing a discussion about hearing aid batteries. A list of the common battery types is provided.

    Keywords: BATTERY HEARING AID

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    Ceramic Capacitor Problems
    mlcc-caps.txt
    Bytes: 4556, Date: 17-May-14
    MlccCapLossVsTime.png
    Bytes: 35257, Date: 6-Ovct-2016
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    This is a text file containing a discussion about problems with ceramic capacitors.

    Keywords: MLCC CERAMIC CAPACITOR PROBLEMS

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