CV101 "crystal valve" S-band mixer diode
This valve, actually a semiconductor diode, is designed to operate between 2500 and 6000 MHz.
Crystal valves were used in the mixers of radar receivers and were susceptible to burn-out caused by the high RF power of the transmitted pulse. It was for this reason that TR Cells were so vital in single-aerial operation, and also the reason for the development of thermionic diode mixers such as the CV58 and CV258.
(Note: Yes I know it is
a semiconductor, but as these crystal valves were so vital to radar and
many of my other unusual valves are for radar too, surely this deserves
to be an 'honorary valve'!)
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23:09:51, Friday November 02, 2012