K7AGE Shows How To Install Powerpole Connectors

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  1. K6LCS

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    PowerPoles are not meant to be used in "permanent" installations - they need to be "used" in order to maintain proper connectivity.

    PowerPoles , if left unconnected (or connected all the time) develop resistance in the two spring contact - enough to slow to a stop small 100 - 200 mW loads. Look at a cross-section of what little metal-to-metal contact is actually made.

    They work well when regularly plugged in and out - "self-cleaning." But if they are not engaged/disengaged often, the contacts deteriorate with corrosion, with resistance at small current levels .
  2. KK4NAW

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    Or you can use some .095 inch string trimmer line in place of the pin. Slightly smaller if you can find the kind with ribs on them. Works great! I cannot take credit for this, I saw it in a recent issue of QST. I tried it and it is so much easier that fiddling with the little metal roll pins.
    W9AFB and K9PLG like this.
  3. K2CB

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    Or just buy the permanently bonded versions.
  4. W6LDX

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    Cool Beans Bruce, I use the Little two legged guys that hold the connectors together, but your q-tip idea is really great and cost effective as I am always miss-placing or loosing the locking pins. Thanks & 73
  5. WA6JJM

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    Great information! I have never used the above, but when properly assembled, they look like a great clutter remover and time saver.
  6. K6GMW

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    Thank You, great job.
  7. KJ6SVA

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    I'm sorry, that's what I meant. I was able to buy a tool from Powerwerx for this but I haven't tried it yet.
  8. W7OMG

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    I have also used a small zip tie to keep the two from sliding around. I run it through the hole and put the zip head between the the two wires at the back. When I need to split I just cut the zip.
  9. K1KKY

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    Thanks Randy.... You've helped in make a simple job all that much simpler and answered all my questions as I asked them.

    You have a great touch and handle your tools well. You should be at a vocational school somewhere, if a kid was listening he could go far with your instruction.
  10. KD2FIQ

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    Good tip! I really like the APP connectors.

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