Where can you buy higher voltage hookup wire?

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by W0BTW, Apr 16, 2012.

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  1. W0BTW

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    Anyone know where you can buy a selection of hookup wire (20-22 ga stranded and solid) with a voltage rating higher than 300 volts? I want to rewire some of my boat anchor transmitters that run 5-600 volts and more. It would be great to be able to buy an assortment of colors rather than having to buy rolls one at a time. Please tell me this is not a dream....Hi
  2. WA7PRC

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    IME, it's not a dream. This file (attached) from Alpha Wire may help you know what to look for. Searching "600V hookup wire" on Google Shopping, I see lots of possibilities.

    Attached Files:

  3. KB4QAA

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    I was looking for the same thing back in January. I only found single color HV wire on one of the smaller suppliers. Recently I saw a suggestion to use clear hose e.g. PVC over regular wire and examples were given including some old Collins equipment that did this.

  4. WA7PRC

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    aka "spaghetti sleeving". Wire is widely available with various insulation types, rated up to 300V. 600V-rated insulation is not as common (and not as inexpensive) but still can be found. Expect to pay a premium for that, if you want 19-strand silver plated w/ PTFE insulation. 7-strand tin-plated w/ PVC insulation will be a lot less expensive.
  5. K8ERV

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    I don't know if this helps, but when I run cables I put a short piece of the same color shrink over each end for ID.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  6. K1ZJH

    K1ZJH Ham Member QRZ Page

    RadioDaze ( http://www.radiodaze.com/category/301.aspx ) carries varnished, cloth-covered
    wire in both solid and stranded 22 gauge, and in several colors with a 600 volt rating. They added
    it to the catalog several years due to requests for hookup wire with a higher voltage rating.

  7. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Alpha, Belden, and other wire mfg. do make 600 V insulation hook-up wire.
    Vacuum tube parts suppliers often have in stock.

    It is usually more expensive than common 300 V, PVC insulation hook-up wire.
    There is also PTFE insulated hookup wire, some versions rated at 1,000 V or greater.

    You can purchase from electrical distributors, plus McMaster-Carr.
  8. WB2WIK

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    Lots of HV PTFE insulated stranded and solid conductor here, cheaply: http://apexjr.com/wire.html

    Most is available "by the foot."
  9. KO6WB

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    There are loads of wire out there that have a 600V rating. We use it all the time at the cement plant I work at. We have 480V 3 phase. We use THHN PVC insulation rated at 600V. The PTFE stuff is slick, really, and it can be a pain to strip if your strippers are not just right.
    McMaster Carr has THHN and you can buy 100ft spools for under $14. Check it at; http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-electrical-wire/=h4u3lm.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  10. K8ERV

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    My guess is that 300 volt wire will stand much more. Maybe the mfr did not see a need for a higher rating, or didn't want to spend extra time and money to get it.

    I checked some very old AWM (appliance wiring material) PVC wire rated 105 degrees C. No marked voltage rating.

    I wrapped aluminum tape around a section and put 3kv dc on it for an hour, then 5kv for a few seconds. No breakdown.

    This test doesn't take into account long-term corona (ozone) problems, which I don't think would be a problem at 600 volts.

    I would not be afraid to use your wire at 600v, especially with typical ham use. This assumes that a breakdown would not be a personal safety problem.

    . Ins Test.JPG
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