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Re: [Amps] Supply question

To: "'kingwood'" <>, "'Amp Reflector'" <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Supply question
From: "Sam Carpenter" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:37:47 -0400
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I don't think the information is current as it relates to what is on the
market now. Everyone may correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the current
and recently past tubes have a zirconium flake on the exterior of the anode.
I think it is thorium on the cathode to allow emissions to take place and
nothing else. I have a high level of confidence that current and all recent
offerings getter from the hot plate. I reserve the right to be totally wrong
about this and may be.

Sam, N9FUT

-----Original Message-----
From: kingwood [] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:01 PM
To: Sam Carpenter; Amp Reflector
Subject: Re: [Amps] Supply question

Greetings to all,

        As I recall, EIMAC' s "Care and Feeding of Power Grid Tubes" says 
that the getter material, if any at all, is in the cathode (filament) of the

tube, not the anode.  It is the heating of the filament, containing the 
getter material, that causes internal gas to be ionized, emulsified, and 
bonded back into the metal of the anode (plate) of the tube.  This is why an

operator can "burn" the gas out of an EIMAC tube, but can not, in tubes like

the Penta Labs PL-172, which has no getter material.

        With this in mind, the color of the anode (plate) of the tube has 
nothing, or very little,  to do with "getter action", but rather the thermal

reaction of the metal in the anode to heat.  Of course they run with color, 
when ran any near their rated plate dissipation.

        Also, every tube chart I have looked at (note I did not say all) 
shows that third, and fifth, order IMD is better (less) with higher anode 
voltages.  That is why most amp manufacturers recommend that their amps be 
operated with the highest anode voltage offered when operating in SSB.

Lon W. Cottingham

1110 Golden Bear Ln.
Kingwood, TX 77339

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