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So this started a few weeks ago when someone found a picture of my 100 watt night light. Its an 833A tube. (new picture below) And he wanted a megatron made from 8 of these. (10 vac at 10 amps each tube) so 800 watts filament power just for the output tubes. By the time you make the +/- 1kv power supplies running at 40ma, and the power for the 300b driver tubes etc, way past the limit for usa 120v 20 amp service which is 1850 watts. And with the top of the tube at silly and dangerous high voltage...  bad idea.

So i started looking for slightly less silly alternatives.  I think the 211 tube fits the bill. running with +/-750v power supplies at 35ma. So a megatron with 211 output tubes, 300b drivers and a high gain input tube.

unless someone has a better idea.



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2 hours ago, spritzer said:

This might be too crazy for me but why not go further.  I happen to have a couple of 30kWh, 400V battery packs so a DC-DC converter and make it "portable"?  ;D 

portable if you are godzilla or king kong....


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I like the idea with the 211. It also helps keeping the noise from the filament supply at bay with the common cathode configuration. If matching tubes for the CCS sounds too much, we can always consider the 1700V depletion mode SiC JFET. Thermal management is going to be a challenge though at 35ma.

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there will be 4 output boards. 12 x 6 inch each.  filament boards will stack on them, each filament board will have 5 x 5v 4a switchers. 2 switchers in series for the 211

so chassis is likely to be a bit over 24 inches wide and 20 inches deep.


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