[AMRadio] 6146Bs in Globe rigs?

k0occ at comcast.net k0occ at comcast.net
Sat Oct 20 10:38:24 EDT 2007

I used to run an RCA 6146B in a Globe Scout 65A. No problem on 160 or 75, AM or CW. At the time, I hadn't heard the 6146 plain, A/B stuff. So I didn't even think about it. Just plugged it in. Rig didn't seem to know the difference. Never tried on higher bands.


Ernie, k0occ
Atlanta, GA

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Ellen Rugowski" <ellenjoanne2003 at sbcglobal.net>
> Hi Everybody,
> The 6146 final in my Globe Scout 680 is toast (it won't even dip or load 
> anymore). I don't have any spare 6146s or 6146As, but I do have a couple of 
> Chinese 6146Ws (today's 6146W is rougly equivalent to a 6146B) lying around, 
> collecting dust (my Kenwood TS-820 didn't like them, so I had to put in a set of 
> NOS Phillips 6146Bs in it instead), that I wouldn't mind putting to use.  But, 
> as you know, using a 6146B in a 6146/6146A rig can be a dicey affair.  Some 
> 6146/6146A rigs have no problem with the tube, other rigs (especially certain 
> Collins and Heathkit radios) can have bigtime problems with the 6146B (such as 
> not neutralizing out, or suffering runaway parasitics that can nuke them out).  
> I have no data on how well Globes (especially my Scout 680) handle the 6146B.  
> Does anybody have this info.?  I'd sure hate to find out the hard way (while 
> trying to neutralize one of my 6146Ws), that Globes don't take too kindly to the 
> 6146B/614W.
> 73,
> Ellen - AF9J
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