Loctal tubes had shorter connecting lengths between the socket pins and the internal elements than did their octal counterparts. This allowed them to operate at higher frequencies than octal tubes. The advent of miniature “all-glass” seven- and nine-pin tubes overtook both octals and loctals, so the loctal’s higher-frequency potential was never fully exploited.
Loctal tube type numbers in the USA typically begin with “7” (for 6.3-volt types) or “14” for 12.6-volt types. This was fudged by specifying the heater voltage as nominally 7 or 14 volts so that the tube nomenclature fitted.
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