Sensibly equivalent¶ to:
The 13VPA is an HF screened pentode with a vari-μ characteristic. This exhibit has a clear bulb whereas the 13VPA has a metallised envelope. Also this exhibit has the paper label found on earlier valves and not the etched/printed glass.
The amplifier gain is altered by changing the bias point via an AGC voltage derived from the signal. The greater the signal the more negative the AGC line and thus the lower the amplification of the controlled stage. The AGC or earlier AVC (Automatic Volume Control) has the function of avoiding overloading of the receiver by strong local signals.
The suppressor grid has a separate pin to allow for extra control of the valve this allows the 13VPA to act as a mixer if required. The five pin based version has g3 tied internally to the cathode.
Thanks to Mike Edwards for sending this image.
The classic envelope is 39 mm in diameter, and excluding the B7 base pins is 104 mm tall.
References: Data-sheet & 1043. Type 13VPA was first introduced in 1935. See also 1935 adverts.
Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions¶
Updated January 04, 2022.