Where to Begin with Powerpole Connectors

Powerpole® connectors have become very popular in recent years because of their adaptability to so many applications. They also allow an interchangeable option when faced with so many different manufactured products. The most notable use of these connectors has been with ARES activities. When time is of the essence and an item goes down, you want to be able to make a quick switch and be back on the air.

Another useful application is Field Day. If you have ever experienced this activity, you know the saying, “what can go wrong, will go wrong”. With all the stations operating with common interconnect ability, down time will be minimized.

What about your own station? I recently purchased some bags of connectors and a crimp tool in order make life easier at my humble station.

You can definitely solder these pins (as seen in the video I reference at the bottom of the article) but this tool makes a very clean install, since it is specifically designed for this product. I took a look at what I should approach first and here is the outcome.

Be sure to follow the standard alignment of the red and black casing, in order to be compatible with others. You never know when you might want to share equipment for fun or testing etc. Here are some reference materials to make sure you get things right.

ARES/RACES Standard DC Power Connector
ARRL Installation Tips 

I made a short harness for the 12 VDC, 7 Amp/HR SLAB. Then a fuse harness and connector for the FT-817ND. The advantage of the fuse harness is its quick interchangeability for other applications.

The last step in this project was to attach the Powerpole® connectors to the battery charger harness. This allows quick connect/disconnect.

This is a simple example of how you can make life easier around your station. I am sure if you take a look around your shack, you can come up with a myriad of uses for this product. If you do, be sure to let me know.

Finally, I suggest you watch this fine video on the Powerpole® product by Randy, K7AGE. I have placed it in a post here. It covers a lot more than I have in this short post.

Paul, VE3EBY


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