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Chuck k3xu

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« on: April 15, 2005, 10:12:28 AM »

Does anyone have the specs on a eimac yu-169 tube ?
Can't find any data on the net.
Is this the same as a 8877 ?
Looking for a tube for my homebrew amp.
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2005, 10:51:55 AM »

The YU-158 is a QC selected 8877. Dunno about yu-169. There was one on ebay but the info has been lost to time.
How about a GS-35B? Save $$$
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2005, 12:32:29 PM »

Hi Chuck,

Yep, the Ape-man is correct as usual...  Here's some info I found on the AMPS Reflector. I use an 8877 on 6M so found this interesting....

Tom, K1JJ


>I purchased a pair of brand new Eimac 8877 tubes.
>The tubes are labled with indication: "YU-158".
>I there any difference?

Hi Werner...yes there is a difference. YU-158's are "specially
selected" for medical use 8877's.

I have found through testing over 20 8877's and 16 YU-158's
with date codes from the late 80's to the mid 90's  (all new
tubes)that the power output of all 36 tubes was within 6%
between best and worst, but the grid current was 10% less
in the YU-158's.

My "tube tester" is a brand new RF Plasma Products
plasma generator that I didn't have the heart to chop up.
It operates on 13.56 mhz. The HV is 4000 volts, and
the filament voltage is 4.975 volts. Each tube is tested
without changing any controls, and its Ip, Ig, power output,
and ZSAC are recorded with a polaroid camera.

The 8877/YU-158 IMO must have a very close tolerance
criteria during assembly, as any two Tubes I have ever
had my hands on would qualify as a so called "matched pair!"

The YU-158 is also a good way to avoid getting your hands
on  the bad vintages of 8877's that were made in the '80's
and early 90's. It is my understanding that the YU-158
nomenclature and "selection" process was Eimac's
successful attempt to restore its credibility with the MRI
manufacturers who were suffering from excessive 8877
failures in their machines.

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him how to build a watch!

Use an "AM Courtesy Filter" to limit transmit audio bandwidth  +-4.5 KHz, +-6.0 KHz or +-8.0 KHz when needed.  Easily done in DSP.

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Chuck k3xu

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2005, 12:48:42 PM »

I read your write-up Dave about the GS-35B on QRZ.
Thinking about going with one or two.
The YU-169 I saw is the sameone on ebay.
In a previous life this amp was a T-368 rf deck.
The only stuff that remained was the tank circuit
and vacuum variables.
She was wired with zip cord on the B+
The B+ hi/lo taps where changed using a
125volt rated switch on the front panel.
WOW !!!!!!!!
I ripped all that crap out and did it the right way.
The second night of it's maiden voyage the filament opened up on the tube.
Oh well.
The date code on the tube was 25th week of 1972.
I got this amp cheap so I'm not to bummed out.
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