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Old 19th April 2003, 03:19 AM   #1
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Does anyone knows if the old reference books on tube with the specs and pinout where ever scanned and transfered to pdf by someone. Can we find this info on the net somewhere. If some guys on this forum have these books, can you produce pdf from them before this invaluable info dissapear in the past...

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Old 19th April 2003, 04:17 AM   #2
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Old 19th April 2003, 12:41 PM   #3
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Radio Designer's Handbook 4th edition (the bible of valves) is still in print by Butterworth-Heinemann. (Which is just as well, because it's a huge book.) Of course, if you are after valve data, then the definitive site is Frank's:

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Old 19th April 2003, 01:36 PM   #4
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These are a couple sections of an outline of online tube info I have put together.

Here are tube manuals online that I know of.
If anyone has others please post them in this thread!

Pete Millet and Ken Gilbert have been especially ambitious.

Section V. Old Tube Manuals/Books: Old but not forgotten.

1) Sylvania Tube Manuals (1943,49 and 1959)
2) RCA Radiotron Tube Manual, No. R-10 (Tim Reese’s site) http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~reese/RC10/
3) RCA HB-3 Tube Manual (Pete Millett’s site) http://www.pmillett.addr.com/hb-3_tube_manual.htm
4) Karl R. Spangenberg, On Vacuum Tubes. (Ken Gilbert’ site) Used by grad students at Stanford studying vacuum tube design in the 40s. http://ken-gilbert.com/spang/spangenberg.html
5) RCA Receiving Tube Manual (1937) http://frank.pocnet.net/sheets/021/s...o/RCA-RC13.pdf
6) RCA RC-25 Receiving Tube Manual (1966)

Here are tube data sites. As said above, Frank's is very good
but not IMHO better than Duncan's and there are some others very good too.

VI. Tube Numbering and Data, Amp Schematics and Manuals, Glossaries/Dictionaries.

Tube Numbering explained:
*) Åke’s Tube Numbering: http://w1.871.telia.com/~u87127076/tabeller/index.htm
*) Tube Numbering Systems (Frank’s site) http://home.wxs.nl/~frank.philipse/frank/tubnum.html
*) Philip, Valvo & Mullard Valve Coding: http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/oheinone...vm-coding.html
*) Tube Numbering (MachMat’s Site): http://www.machmat.com/info/index.htm
*) Russian encoding system: http://www.arrakis.es/~igapop/russianotes.htm
*) Coding systems: http://www.arrakis.es/~igapop/referenc.htm
*) Phillips factory and tube codes: http://www.triodeel.com/images/philipstubecodes.pdf Note that all Philips subsidiary companies (Mullard, Valvo, etc) and all factories that made tubes under Philips license used these codes (Ei, Toshiba, Siemens, etc) so it's not limited to European Philips tubes.PDF file.

Tube data:
1) ✮Duncan Amps: http://www.duncanamps.co.uk/cgi-bin/...exe/searchform
2) Frank’s Tube Data Page http://frank.nostalgiaair.org/index.html
3) Triode Electronics Tube Data Sheets: www.triodeel.com/tubedata.htm
4) Radau5”s tube data sheets: http://www.radau5.ch/valves.html
5) Tubebuilder Tube Data: http://www.tubebuilder.com/tubedata.html
6) Vacuum Tube Valley: http://www.vacuumtube.com/FAQ.htm.
7) Svetlana, Tube Dictionary: http://www.svetlana.com/docs/dictionary.html
8) Audiomatica, Tube Directory: http://www.mclink.it/com/audiomatica/tubes/home.htm
9) National Valve Museum’s list of Equivalents: http://www.valve-museum.org/
10) 4Tubes. http://www.4tubes.com
11) Tube Collector’s Association: http://www.tubecollectors.org/
12) Mach-Mat: http://www.machmat.com/sheet/index.htm
13) Kytelabs Tube infobase: http://www.qsl.net/dl7avf/roehren/roehren.html#TOC
14) An Intro to NOS tubes: http://www.soundstage.com/tubeor/tube.htm
15) Western Electric Archives: http://www.westernelectric.com/spec_...pec_sheets.htm
16) Tom Jennings: http://www.wps.com/archives/tube-datasheets/index.html
17) Åke’s TubeData: http://www.tubedata.com/
18) Magic Sound of Tubes (NOS): great pictures of NOS tubes. http://spazioinwind.libero.it/themagicsound/index.htm
19) Bill’s (NJ7P) Database: http://hereford.ampr.org/cgi-bin/tube?index=1
20.) * http://oldradio.qrz.ru/tubes/
21) Joe’s Driver Tube Data: Includes data sheet for THD and gain plotted for frequency http://users.rcn.com/joepage/drvr_tubelist.htm

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Default Thanks for all the info

Hi Guys. Thanks a lot. Very usefull index and great sites. Thanks again.
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this is where Photoshop7 is handy -- there is a "save to web" function which allows you to specifiy the mode (GIF, JPEG etc., ) ultimate screen size in Pixels and the results can be much better than Acrobat -- thus a 2 meg *.bmp can be saved down to a very readible 40k *.gif

Save to Web can also be automated.
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Here's how to publish a book on the web using Photoshop and MSFrontpage:
1) scan the originals at 96 or 150 DPI -- if you can adjust the contrast, color settings on your scanner, do so now as you scan since it takes less time later.
2) dump the originals into Photoshop as bitmap files, save as GIF's (BW) or JPEG's (Color) using "Save for Web". When saving, cut the images down to 800 pixels horizontal when saving.
3) In Microsoft FrontPage use "Insert TAble" to put a (for instance) 4 column by 20 row (80 cells) table on the page in which the book is to reside. If you assume that your readership doesn't have broadband, you may want to use fewer cells.
4) Drop the images one by one into consecutive cells. After you drop the image in, use "Save as Thumbnail" to automatically reduce the size of the image.
5) The reader just has to click on an image to enlarge it to readable size.

I've saved articles from defunct magazines this way.
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Old 19th April 2003, 04:00 PM   #8
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There is a long list of tube data sites on my tech page, which is http://www.audiophool.cjb.net/Techno.htm

(It will be down Sunday for a while, while the server is moved)

I've put a bunch of the tube manuals and data sheets on a CD-ROM - if you don't have a high speed connection it's handy. Details on my site.

My interest is primarily old radio, and I will be posting scans of manuals as I get to them. I have scanned quite a few tube data sheets, but I've sent them to Frank Philipse to post on his site.
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Just to refresh -- the version of the Spangenberg book on the web differs from the First Edition (1948). The first edition is replete with errors -- I must have purchased a review copy as mine is annotated in red, and there is a handwritten note "Questions for Spangenberg". The version here: http://www.tubebooks.org/Books/Spang...cuum_tubes.pdf
seems to be corrected.
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