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The RCA 1638 is a double diode for signal rectification or other low level duties. The glass envelope has been screened with an external copper metallisation that has then be painted bright red.
The 1638 was not an RCA Type code but a production code for the UK VR54 specification that also appears on the envelope. Jim Cross writes: 1638 is an American RCA type number for the VR54. During WWII, RCA made types 1637, 1638, and 1639 as replacements for Mullard types EL32, EB34, and EBC33, respectively.
The metallisation obscures the internal structure completely. Radiotron is an RCA trade name.
These valves were made for British service use and the envelope carries the RAF code VR54 as well.
The wide glass tube envelope is 29 mm in diameter, and excluding the IO base pins, is 59 mm tall.
References: Data-sheet, 1040 & 1043. Type 1638 was first introduced in 1941. See also 1941 adverts.
Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions¶
Updated January 07, 2022.