Possible stupid question alert. Why not measure filament current instead of
voltage? Then you do not have to worry about accounting for losses in the
filament path or the position of the voltmeter connection? Or is there too
much variability in the current drawn from tube to tube to be useable?
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Be careful if using a 10 kw resistor hanging off each cathode lug on a GG
That might work if using a true rms dvm..since the dvm has a high Z input.
But if fed to an iron vane type of panel meter, you will end up with a massive
V drop across both resistors.
A pair of low dc resistance chokes, bypassed at cold ends to chassis, is dead
simple. Then another pair of bypass caps at panel mounted test jacks.
Years ago, energy onix used RF chokes on one of it's FM GG triode amps..and
the dc resistance across the chokes was too high..and resulted in a vdrop.
When the fil V was tweaked for 'normal' under load, using their front panel
iron vane meter, the actual V at the cathode was way too high.
This resulted in several premature tube failures. And if a dvm was in
parallel with the panel meter, it too will read on the low side.
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