[Amps] Fiament watts

Dr. David Kirkby david.kirkby at onetel.net
Mon Aug 30 12:14:37 PDT 2010

On 08/30/10 10:26 AM, Han Higasa wrote:
> Hi Gents,
> Thanks for the list of various compelling
> tubes. Its very nice to see the list for the next HPA
> project.
> Now, may I ask you one question?
> Do you think direct heat tubes such as
> those noted as "Instant on /w a soft start required"
> will provide really the instant start capability?
> As one of six-meter DXers I am also using
> a direct heat tube in my HB HPA for a 'scramble
> start' with 5 seconds of filament step-start.
> But some authorities say one should wait until
> the entire tube being warmed up to avoid a
> mechanical stress caused by partial heat;
> larger the tube, longer the warm-up time;

That sounds dubious to me.

As soon as a tube start dissipating a kW on the anode, temperature gradients 
will exist which will be far greater than that caused by the heater warming the 
whole tube.

There's a good few data sheets at


I just checked. The largest I have is 1 MW dissipation. Take a read.


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