Re: UDR56K-4 current draw / fuse

"John D. Hays" <john@...>

David's points are part of the reason that engineering chose to go with the RAST 5 solution.   For those who use Anderson Pole connectors, the other end of the 2 meter cable can be mated with Anderson Pole connectors or any other type chosen by the owner. 

As a side note: Utah amateurs where some of the first to adopt Anderson Pole connectors. Later they were adopted by a number of ARES/RACES groups as a 'standard' -- however, the left-hand/right-hand orientation of the positive and negative terminals were reversed from the Utah 'standard'.  Hams in Utah relented and adopted the same orientation as other groups.

John D. Hays
PO Box 1223, Edmonds, WA 98020-1223 

On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM, qrv@... <qrv@...> wrote:

Powerpoles add cost & unpredictability.

They are not waterproof (an odd choice for emcomm), they must
be assembled carefully or are prone to failure, they tarnish
over time and only partially self-clean during connect-disconnect
cycles (when tarnished they demonstrate high-loss for low current
and high current demands), and the most common connectors are
unsuitable for high current apps (requiring a higher amp-rated
non-interconnectable version of the PP 75a vs 35a). They are
also easily bumped loose, creating intermittent connections, or
completely apart.

I removed all of them and went back to sure-connect bare wire
and crimped wire connectors (they are cheap, simple, available
everywhere) and terminals. Reliable & simple.

Most users almost never, if ever, interconnect with anyone nor
do they frequently connect and disconnect most of their gear -
once set up.



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