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Re: [Amps] 3CX800A7 cathode short

To: Steve London <>,
Subject: Re: [Amps] 3CX800A7 cathode short
From: Nermin Bajramovic <>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 14:37:28 +0100
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Hi Steve, back in 90s our club Alpha 77d have had 8877 cathode to grid 
short..we use an ‎transformer and "dewelded" short..rejunaveted tube hold for 
another year, then  we went to pair of 8877..though Steve  be carefull and 
check more sources.. kind regards, Nermin S58DX

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From: Steve London
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:52
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Subject: [Amps] 3CX800A7 cathode short

I converted an Alpha 76PA to a pair of 3CX800A7's a few years ago. It's been a 
great amp since then.

Last night something strange happened - It started drawing plate and grid 
current even before the 3 minute warmup period had completed. I'll spare you 
troubleshooting details. When the event occurs, the cathode voltage drops to 1 
volt, rather than the usual cutoff of 28 volts. Removed the tubes, and all was 
well. Put the tubes back in, one at a time. Sure enough, it's one of the tubes. 
That would make it a cathode-to-filament or cathode-to-grid short, right ? 
Anything possible to clear the short ?

BTW, it was a pair of Chinese 3CX800A7's, sold by Alpha under the previous 

Steve, N2IC
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