Mullard say that the ECF80 was designed for operation as a frequency changer up to 220 MHz. As 1950s television receivers tended to use the PCFnn 300 mA valves, the production of this valve with a 6.3 Volt heater suggests that it was aimed at the professional VHF communications market.
The triode is the oscillator and has to produce 5 V pk-pk signal. The screened pentode is the mixer. The valve has two cathodes so two independent valves are sited in the one envelope.
The twin anode construction is clearly visible with the triode occupying the much smaller anode seen on the left of the picture. The two valves can be used separately if required thus extending the versatility of this valve.
We have another copy of the ECF80 with the cosmetic difference of white lettering.
The thin glass tube envelope is 20 mm in diameter and, excluding the B9A base pins, is 47 mm tall.
References: Data-sheet & 1040 Type ECF80 was first introduced in 1954.