20th Century Electronics GM Tube (late 1950s, 1960s)

20th Century Electronics GM Tube

This particular tube, a Model B12H, was manufactured by 20th Century Electronics of New Addington, England. They are now known as Centronic and are located in Croydon, a suburb of London.

The original glass wall was broken—that seen in the photograph is simply a replacement. What is most unusual about this tube is the configuration of the cathode, a spiral wire supported on the outside by three wires.

Operating voltage: 370 volts

Plateau length: 100 volts

Sensitivity: 5600 cpm/mR/hr

Size: ca. 7 1/2" long, 3/4" diameter

Wall: Glass

Donated by Dave Allard.

I am grateful to Professor Jean-Francois Loude who provided the technical information about this tube.