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EE80 ventilation Adapter with status LEDs

AVAILABLE March 2024

The order number is for the PCB, with LEDs and SMD resistor.


These EE80 air ventilation adapters are compatible with the Yamamoto sub plates. Outside dimensions, appearance and mounting is the same. We have one to replace the original Yamamoto 30mm sockets, and one which is 31mm, for some Chinese sockets. In addition we have a 27mm Version which fits some vintage sockets. All have 38.2mm screw hole distance.

In addition, two LEDs can be used. If the LEDs are not used, just do not mount them, and the sub plates will look the same as Yamamoto. At the back side of the sub plates is a small printed circuit board. Though it has little parts, it works precise, because the forward voltage of the red LED is used as a reference.

Air ventilation adapter without the LEDs mounted. Like this they are compatible to Yamamoto.

Air ventilation adapter with the status LEDs mounted.

The green LED works continuous, analog in pace with the plate current. Indicating the normal function. The Red "Alert" LED begins to burn very bright if the anode current exceeds the programmed value.

The "alert" limit can be set from 10mA to 300mA. The Board has 10x over capacity. So it is virtually impossible to damage it, because no tube can do 10x it's rated current.

The board has a ground plate, connected to the mounting holes and to the metal part of the tube socket. Like this the cage of the amplifier stays shielded against hum fields.

How to use it:

Please note this: The EE80 board only works with a classical auto bias circuit.

Here is how to connect the board. It senses the VOLTAGE across the cathode resistor, while current flows through the cathode resistor as normal. The programming resistor determines when the red LED begins to burn, and makes also the brightness of the green LED the same, for any cathode bias current. This simple, but effective circuit used the forward voltage of the red LED a a reference.

Click HERE for full schematic

The programming resistor is calculated as follows:

Rs = Cathode resistor x (Cathode current -1mA)

Calculation Example:

Cathode Resistor: 680 Ohms.
Tube current 50mA.
So we have to take the tube current, minus 1mA.

Rs = 680 * (50-1) = 680 * 49 = 33320. Choose: 33k

Possible range of use:
Available socket diameters:

Order nr: 321-027-17. EE80 for 27mm sockets,with smaller flange as normal. Such as the Ediswand NOS Loctal.

Order nr: 321-030-09. EE80 for 30mm sockets, STANDARD dimension.

Order nr: 321-031-84. EE80 for 31mm sockets, with wider flange as normal.

Back side. The series resistor Rs is connected, with one side to the Rs solder pad. The other side is connected to the auto bias resistor of the circuit.



Dimensions are given here for three adapters. The flange is normally 30mm, but tube sockets also exist, which are somewhat smaller or wider.

Order nr: 321-027-17 (27mm)

Order nr: 321-030-09 (30mm)

Order nr: 321-031-84 (31mm)

Recommended chassis hole: