Chester County ARES-RACES Standard 12V Power Connectors
Anderson Powerpole Connectors
All CCAR members are encouraged to equip themselves with the new standard power connectors. Using this standard, highly reliable connector allows quick and easy installation and substitution of radios, power supplies, batteries, and other equipment. The ARRL no longer has a Recommended Standard. The formerly recommended 2-pin Molex connector is considered inadequate for today's VHF/UHF transceivers with higher output power. Thus, instead of using different connectors for various current loads, one small, compact, 30 amp powerpole will handle all common needs including 100 watt HF transceivers.
Housings should be mated according to the diagram above, viewing from the contact side (opposite the wire side), tongue down, hood up, RED on the LEFT, BLACK on the RIGHT. Use a 3/32-inch-diameter roll pin, 1/4 inch long, to keep the housings from sliding apart.
Highly conductive silver-plated copper contacts allow minimal contact resistance at high currents. Self-wiping action on make and break keeps conducting surfaces clean. Contact dents keep connectors mated in high-vibration applications and provide quick-break, snap action upon disconnect.
Non-corrosive stainless-steel leaf springs maintain constant contact pressure—ideal for frequent connection/disconnection and intermittent overloading. Durable, high impact-resistant, polycarbonate housing with UL94V-2 flammability ratings comes in many colors for circuit trace ability and coding.
Identical connector halves are genderless—making assembly quick and easy and reducing the number of parts stocked. Molded-in dovetails allow for customized harness in a variety of configurations.
The 30-ampere contacts are designed for 12-16 AWG wire. The contacts can be soldered or crimped to wires. A very expensive crimping tool is available from Anderson, but other less-expensive crimpers get the job done.
Here are the Anderson part numbers:
Product is available from:
Constant Power Technologies, 2911 W. Fairmount Ave., Phoenix, AZ. 85017-4614, (602) 265-3081
PowerWerx.com, 401 S. Harbor Blvd #F320, LaHabra, CA. 90631, (714) 570-3303,http://www.powerwerx.com
Anderson's web site has a list of U.S. distributors. Call the closest distributor for a dealers name near you. For complete product information: Anderson Power Products:http://www.andersonpower.com
CCAR recommends that the housings should be mated according to the diagram above, viewing from the contact side (opposite the wire side), tongue down, hood up, RED on the LEFT, BLACK on the RIGHT. A 3/32-inch-diameter roll pin, 1/4 inch long, keeps the housings from sliding apart.
The 30-ampere contacts are designed for 12-16 AWG wire. The contacts can be soldered or crimped to wires After a contact has been attached to a wire, it should be installed into the housing so that the housing spring mates with the underside of the contact. When you slide it completely in the housing you should hear a click when it passes the spring detent.
To remove a contact from the housing, use Anderson insertion/extraction tool #111038G2. You may also substitute a very small blade (jewelers screwdriver or X-Acto knife) to lift up the front of the contact slightly over the detent and pull the contact out of the rear of the housing, allowing the contact to be removed.