[AMRadio] Valiant progress

John Lawson jpl15 at panix.com
Sun Aug 28 12:15:17 EDT 2005

Thanks to Jim, Larry et. al. for the great advice on my Valiant 
restoration project.

   I'm very interested in the common wisdom re: the 6146 variants that 
'work' in this rig.

   Now, I've been a boatanchor fan since they were state of the art - have 
done quite a bit of tube design, mostly audio though, and I do have quite 
extensive documentation on most tubes made in the last 100 years.

   So really there's probably no excuse for this question other than 
laziness - what exactly are the 6146 characteristics that the Valiant 
design "favors" over the other variants? A freind who has re-built a lot 
of these rigs says to only use 'plain' ones.  In my ignorance, I bought a 
nice full set of 'W's and the transmitter wouldn't even resonate on 
any band. ;{}  I put three 'B' s in the finals, and we're where we are now 
- OK on 20M and above, 'runs away' below that.

    What do y'all recommend for Valiant finals / modulator tubes?

   On the HV B+ filter issue - mine are iffy, were replaced sometime in 
it's history, but I'm going to renew them - what is the recomendation for 
a more 'modern' replacement - keeping in mind that I'm looking for the 
best AM fidelity I can squeeze out of this rig.


John  KB6SCO

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