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FC4

Sensibly equivalent to:
15A2 41MPG A80 A80A CV2955 MX40 VHT4 VO4 X42
See also:
Mullard AC Mains Valves - Frequency Changing - Some Important British Valves
    
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The FC4 from Mullard was the first British produced Octode. It was first made commercially in 1934.
The FC4 is a self oscillating mixer for frequency changing in radio superhet receivers. The oscillator has to generate 12 Volts peak to peak for correct operation. It would typically have used a 90 Volt oscillator anode voltage and up to 2.0 mA anode current. The oscillator would use g1 as control grid and g2 as anode. Of the six grids the final one was a suppressor, g3 and g5 would be screen grids, and the signal would be applied to g4, hence its position as top cap connection.
This exhibit had started to shed the metallic paint screen and further removal revealed the inner structure. The octode is housed within a cylindrical anode that is mounted high in the envelope.
The grids have small spacings in between them.
The tops of some of the wire grids can be seen in this image. The supports for g4 are at right angles to the other grids. Of the two supports for g4 one has the connection to the top cap and the other has a large heat sink fin. The cathode is cylindrical and the supports for g2 are not notched. G2, the oscillator anode, is made of just the two vertical rods.
The classic envelope is 45 mm in diameter and, excluding the B7 base pins, is 116 mm tall.
References: Datasheet, 4024 & 1043. Type FC4 was first introduced in 1934.

 

Pin Connections
B7
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
tc
g2
g1
g3,g5
h
h
m,k
a
g4

 

Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions
Octode
Vh
Ah
Va
Vs
Vg
mAa
mAs
gm
4.0
0.65
250
70
-1.5
1.6
3.8
0.6
PDF scanned from an original document held by the museum
Updated February 27, 2019.
shape:classic construction:pinch type:octode age:1930.1940 base:b7 heater:4.0v pins:7 pin:1.g2 pin:2.g1 pin:3.g3.g5 pin:4.h pin:5.h pin:6.m.k pin:7.a pin:tc.g4
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