The PCC84 double triode shows how valves developed to meet the needs of the planned VHF television (Band III) transmission that opened in the UK in 1955. We believe that this Pinnacle example does not date back to the 1950s.
The PCC84 and PCF80 both featured in set-top converters for the new ITV television Band III channels that commenced broadcasting in 1955. The transmissions were on around 170 MHz and much higher in frequency than the BBC Band I signals at around 50 MHz.
The PCC84 was specifically designed for cascode operation. The normal configuration was for triode one to be operated as a grounded cathode stage directly coupled to triode two. Triode two was connected as a grounded grid stage.
The triode has a smaller inter electrode capacitance than a pentode at VHF and could be made physically small. The photograph shows that within the envelope the electrodes are a small percentage of the total volume. The two triodes would be used for initial signal amplification at up to 220 MHz. The low anode voltage and relatively high current being features to ensure low noise operation. The anode dissipation was two Watts for one triode or 2.5 Watts for both triodes operating.
The obvious feature is the amount of screening around the left hand triode. The back wall of the right hand triode has a mirror finish and the grid wires can be seen reflected in the anode.
The flat back of the anode is shaped to form the fixing lugs. It is stitched to the shaped front section of the anode.
The thin glass tube envelope is 20 mm in diameter and excluding the B9A base pins has a length of 48 mm.
References: Datasheet & 1040. Type PCC84 was first introduced in 1953.