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ID = 1989
Brand: Common type France tube/semicond.
Tube type:  Triode-Hexode   Frequency converter 
Identical to 6E8MG = 6E8
Similar Tubes
Other shape (e.g. bulb type):
  6E8G ; 6E8GT_MG
Normally replaceable-slightly different:
Heater different:
  11E8MG ; ECH35
Heater and shape different:
Other base and data slightly different:
Other base and other heater:
Multiple differences or of other kind:
First Source (s)
May.1938 : Histoire de la lampe de radio
Apr.1938 : L'Histoire Singulière du Tube Radio; G. Duperray 2009
Predecessor Tubes 6A8MG   6TH8G   6TH8   6A8V  
Successor Tubes 1948   ECH42  

Base Octal (Int.Octal, IO) K8A, USA 1935 (Codex=Octal) Top contact with a cap.
Filament Vf 6.3 Volts / If 0.3 Ampere / Indirect / Specified voltage AND current AC/DC

Operating conditions :
hexode unit:
Va= 250 V, Vg2+4= 100V, Vg1= -2 V, Ia= 2.3 mA, Ig2+4= 3 mA, Sc= 0.65 mA/V
triode unit:
Va= 150 V, Vg1= V, Ia= 3.4 mA, Ig1= 0.33 mA, S= 2.8 mA/V, µ= 17, Rg1= 30 kOhms
With exception of the heater ratings, the operating conditions of the 6E8 are the same as for the ECH11

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oc24_1~~4.png 6E8MG: RTT 1974 (Franzis) 13. Auflage
Martin Renz

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6E8MG: Memento Tungsram Vol. 4
Jacob Roschy

Usage in Models 1= 1936 ; 1= 1937? ; 1= 1938?? ; 3= 1938? ; 2= 1938 ; 9= 1939?? ; 2= 1939? ; 4= 1939 ; 12= 1940?? ; 3= 1940? ; 3= 1941?? ; 1= 1941? ; 1= 1942?? ; 1= 1944?? ; 1= 1944? ; 5= 1945?? ; 3= 1945? ; 4= 1945 ; 2= 1946?? ; 3= 1946? ; 5= 1946 ; 7= 1947?? ; 6= 1947? ; 8= 1947 ; 6= 1948?? ; 3= 1948? ; 5= 1948 ; 2= 1949?? ; 1= 1949? ; 3= 1949 ; 3= 1950?? ; 3= 1950? ; 1= 1950 ; 2= 1951?? ; 1= 1951? ; 1= 1951 ; 1= 1955?? ; 1= 9999

Quantity of Models at with this tube (valve, valves, valvola, valvole, válvula, lampe):121

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By the designation 6E8MG the suffix "MG" indicates a glas tube encased in a metal envelope. Despite of this specified designation this tube lacks of this metal envelope. It's simply a glass tube with sprayed shield coating, as usual on side-contact-base- tubes.

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French radios from the 1930s to the 1950s
Jacob Roschy

Unlike as elsewhere the French radio industry was not concentrated to a few well-known big brands.

There was more or less well-known brands such as Celard- Ergos, Coradel, Desmet, Ducretet- Thomson, Fornett, General, Hermes, Lafayette, Le Regional, LMT, Marquett, Minerva (branch of the Austrian Trademark), Ondia, Pathe, Philips, Radiola, Radiomuse, Ralsa, Reela, RTA, Schneider Freres, Socradel, Sonora, SNR, SREB, Unic, Vox and a some more.

There were also many small and micro companies that manufactured radios. A large share of the French radio dealers has manufactured the radios they offered for sale in their own workshops. This was facilitated by a number of well established component manufacturers which delivered transformers, speakers, scales + tuning capacitors, wave-switch- units (tuners) and IF filters.

Thus a French radio shop could easily assemble radio chassis with the components they purchased. They could even obtain the radio cases by a component manufacturer or could order it  by a cabinet maker. Therefore no one should be surprised to find radios with the same type of scale, but otherwise completely different design. These workshop radios were almost always made by well established standard circuits, as they were recommended by the tube- or component manufacturers.

The market share of these so called "fabrication artisanal" (workshop produced) radio sets is relatively high, apparently many French radio shops from smaller or larger  cities has sold the radios they manufactured in their own shop. Many of these radio sets were offered completely anonymous, with no manufacturer name or logo, no rating plate and no technical information. The chances to  find schematic diagrams or information about the manufacturer are usually close to zero.

This enormous variety of manufacturers has led to an equally enormous variety of case styles, which is unknown elsewhere. You can find many different designs from quite simply to extravagant, with inlays, ornaments, with "ears" and with mirror scale.

Yet in the early days of radio, a number of French broadcast stations operated at closely spaced frequencies, thus suitable selective receivers were required.
Hence the superhet receiver technology became dominant very early, even in the lower price ranges. Simple TRF receivers with poor selectivity, as they were common elsewhere ( e.g. the Volksempfänger in Germany) has virtually vanished in France from the early 1930s onwards.

110 V power line networks were very common until the 1950s in France. This allowed to offer cheap radios, which were exclusively designed for this voltage.
These receivers could be operated on both dc and ac power lines, in which the tube heaters are connected in series with a suitable resistor and supplied directly from the power line. This series resistor wasted a considerable amount of energy and developed undesired heat.

If such a radio should be operated at 220 V line voltage, as it was the case in some areas in France, an additional series resistor was inserted between the radio plug and the line socket. This resistor consumed the same energy as the radio itself, thus the power consumption was doubled and could easily exceed 100 watts. In some of these radios this resistor was installed inside the case, which developed a sweltering heat, whereby a wooden cabinet could became carbonized above this resistor.

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