Rugged 807 & 1625 tubes

The good old 807 and 1625 tubes can take a real beating.

One night decades ago, when I was working DX on CW with the shack lights off, the room suddenly lit up. The cathode-keyed 807 final was white hot! I let go of the key and cut the power.

Since I was monitoring the exciter signal, I was unaware of a break in the drive and had continued to send.

After the rig had cooled and the fault rectified, it was back to normal operation again. I still have that tube.