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TDD4

Sensibly equivalent to:
11A2 A23A AC/DDT AC/HL4DD AC/HLDD CV3727 DDT4 DDT4 DDT4160 DDT DT41 DT436 H4D MHD4 TBC14
See also:
Mullard AC Mains Valves - Some Important British Valves
    
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The TDD4 is an indirectly heated double diode triode for mains superhet receivers. It was designed for signal and AGC detection and then as the first post detection amplifier. The design was specifically aimed at sets employing AGC at the detector stage and was introduced by Mullard in 1933.
We have several versions all with different envelope shapes. This is the oldest version, but we believe the original production used a Bakelite moulding for the top cap. We believe that it almost certainly has a mica-based electrode assembly in which the top mica does not support the electrodes by contact with the glass envelope. The other three specimens have 'necked' glass envelopes into which the top mica is tightly fitted. This helped to reduce microphony, always a potential problem in a detector valve followed by significant amplification. The gradual lightening of the gold spray paint from batch to batch is also apparent.
See TDD4, TDD4 and TDD13C. The latter valve was designed for AC/DC universal sets.
The balloon envelope is 42 mm in diameter and, excluding the B7 base pins, is 105 mm tall.
References: Datasheet & 1043. Type TDD4 was first introduced in 1933.

 

Pin Connections
B7
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
tc
a(d2)
m
a(d1)
h
h
k
a
g1

 

Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions
Triode
Vh
Ah
Va
Vg
mAa
ra
gm
4.0
0.65
250
-7
4.0
13,500
2.0
PDF scanned from an original document held by the museum
Updated December14, 2012.
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