Spud with filament bias
New idea popped in my head. This will replace the Prologue 2.0 build for now. The new setup just omits the 1626 tube and I can always add that back later. The same transformers and parts will go into this amp.
The idea was to eliminate the cathode bypass cap, so I will hook up the cathode to the heater and add a current source to light up the tube and create a 2V drop for the tube bias. This means the cathode resistor will be so low (3.3R) that it will have next to no effect on the overal output impedance or the LF response.
Russian tube designations: Что?!
Ever wondered what the cycillic letters were in our alphabet? Below is a list of the russian letters, their translation and the meaning. These definitions are mainly for receiver tubes.
position 1: Denotes the whole number of the heater/filament voltage, i.e. 6 for 6.3V
Mystery of the ДPУ
Might have finally found out what the У(U) stands for in russian tubes that also have the ДP(DR) designation such as the 6Ж49П-ДPУ and 6Э6П-ДPУ.
IIRC the max frequency of the standard tubes is 200MHz, but I found a listing from a Ukranian that mentioned the U has the meaning "continuous action gold pins and maximum operating frequency of 600MHz".
JC's initial guess that these may be suited for UHF seems on the money. As I can't find any kind of datasheet for a DRU type, only DR, it is hard to pin down.
6E5P Test results
Notice that the µ of this tube is super stable for a high-gm tube. The minimum an maximum for 12 tubes are only 2.7 apart. The twin brother 6E6P shows a spread between 30 and 39. However the gm spread is about twice as large as that of the 6E6P.
5842Q Test results
The #4 tube is an outlier and screws things up for the min/max/averages.
There will be a second test for the 5842WA coming soon.
6E6P Test results
To get a stable reading, I found out that heating this tube for 20-30s was not enough. The cathode seems to take a long time to heat up and stabilize. After some trial and error I ended up at 10 minutes of pre-heating before setting the tester in action. Luckily the eTracer has a bulk test mode with a warm-up timer you can set.
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No wonder it was so quiet here :)