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6AM6

Sensibly equivalent to:
5A/160H 5A/160K 6F12 8D3 CV138 EF91 HP6 PM07 SP6 Z77
See also:
EF91 - not the valve that won the war - Valves and their Habits - Valves for Bands III, IV & V - The EF91 and the Blue Band
    
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The 6AM6 was almost the universal amplifier pentode of the post war era, many manufacturers made versions of this standard valve. The version shown here was made by Cossor, we also have a Cossor 6AM6 with white lettering.
The 6AM6 is a high gain, high impedance, variable μ, screened pentode. It could be used from AF to VHF up to about 200 MHz and was found in large numbers in most types of electronic equipment. In radio it was used for RF and IF amplification, for oscillators and frequency multipliers.
The electrodes fill the width of the valve. The anode is formed by two rectangular plates at either side of the valve. The other two sides of the box being completely open. All three grids can be clearly seen and all three grids have separate pins, unlike so many valves that strap the suppressor grid to cathode internally. The cathode is a flattened tube, g1 is closely wound and very near the cathode. The screen grid, again made of thin wire, is a flat sided helix. The final grid is placed halfway between cathode and anode and is of a much looser pitch than the other grids.
The thin glass tube envelope is 17 mm in diameter and, excluding the B7G base pins, is 47 mm tall.
References: Datasheet, 1043 & 1040 Type 6AM6 was first introduced in 1947.

 

Pin Connections
B7G
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
g1
k
h
h
a
g3
g2

 

Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions
Pentode
Vh
Ah
Va
Vs
Vg
mAa
mAs
ra
gm
6.3
0.3
250
250
-2
10
2.5
1M
7.6
Thanks to Frank Philipse for supplying the above PDF datasheet.
Updated February 20, 2014.
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