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|6/6/1999 3:54 PM|
|Bill S.||Hotbox DC Heater???|
I'm looking to build a HotBox,..however,...I can't find one part,..and that is the MP-3510 Bridge Recifier for the filaments.
Can I use 4 diodes instead...
What diodes can I use for this? 4007's?
|6/7/1999 6:42 AM|
Sure, four 4007's are fine, or any of a number of packaged bridge rectifiers of sufficient VA...
|6/7/1999 7:12 AM|
If you rectify a 6.3V rectifier winding, the DC heater voltage will be too high and you will damage the tubes. With 4007's or a similarly rated rectifier you'll get about 8 V DC after rectification. With two 12ax7's you'll have to put in a 3-3,5 Ohm/5W resistor between the filter cap's + connection and the heaters to drop to 6-6,3 Volts. Aim for 6 Volts.
|6/7/1999 1:16 PM|
Just a thought...
You could use a 9v transformer and a bridge rectifier. 9*1.4=12.6, and run the 12AX7's without the center tap.
You would need about 150mA per tube at 12.6v, so look for a 6VA transformer or so.
|6/7/1999 8:45 PM|
I have heard people use a 10,000 uf in parallel with the heaters,...to drop the voltage down,..correct?
|6/8/1999 3:37 AM|
Sorry, not correct,
the 10000 uF is parallel to the rectifier's + and - to filter the ripple of the rectified voltage. It does not drop the voltage, it just filters it and is therefore a necessary item.
You can not drop the DC voltage in this setup by putting a capacitor or resistor parallel to the heaters, this changes only the load impedance the rectifier sees, which does not affect the voltage.
Like I said before put a resistor in series with that heaters, i.e. between the + of the capacitor and the first heater.
Alternatively, use this setup for better filtering: rectifier --> 4700 uF cap --> 3 Ohm attenuation resistor ---> 4700uF cap ---> heaters.
This is a nice C-R-C filter which filters out the AC ripple on the DC even better.
Any more info, let me know
|6/8/1999 6:13 AM|
Thanks for the post, it was certainly helpful!
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