[Boatanchors] type 83 mercury vapor tube

Mark Van Buskirk markvan at surewest.net
Wed Mar 6 23:18:50 EST 2013

You may have better luck seeing the purple haze with a load applied. Try
testing a 6L6 or something significant while looking at the 83.

If you still get zipp, I may be able to help you out. At one time, I got
into collecting 83's of different brands and still have more than a few. All
test new on my Hickok 600 or 533.

I had not checked prices on ebay in quite a while and was surprised what
they are going for now. Probably some new audio fad.


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Subject: Re: [Boatanchors] type 83 mercury vapor tube

The link is incorrect; it should be
Watch for wrap-around.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:25:02 -0500 Phil Carpenter <carpenterpa at tds.net>
> Regarding replacing 83 tubes with a solid state substitute, you must 
> be extremely careful. See website:
> www.radiolaguy.com/solidsratereplacements.html
> The miniature 83A1/7890 is a more modern replacement that may be 
> available at a better price.
> Phil, W4RTV
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