Power Poles

Anderson Power Poles

The Standard 12 Volt DC Power Connector for Ohio District 3 ARES

More and more ARES, RACES, Search And Rescue (SAR), APRS and other emergency communication groups across the country are adopting the 30 amp powerpole as their recommended standard connector.

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.  Additional information on the Anderson Powerpole may be found on the web at:   www.cvrc.net/powerpole.html www.ocraces.org

GCARES has connectors and red/black zip cord in bulk and will set up frequent workshops to help area hams install these new connectors at minimal cost. 1 connector set (Red housing, black housing, roll pin and 2 30A contacts) cost $1.00. They are packaged 2 to a bag, and GCARES also has them in packages of 25.  Contact Fred W8LLY via E-Mail or at one of his contact numbers.

Lots of good information, how-to’s and sources on the Anderson Powerpole IDEAS site as featured in the WA1LOU Surfin’ column on the ARRL Web site.  These folks are obviously very intelligent and have outstanding taste, they have a link to this page from their site! 😉

Other supply sources are:  www.andersonpower.com http://www.powerwerx.com/ http://www.westmountainradio.com/

West Mountain Radio not only sells power poles, but has a nifty series of power distribution boxes called the Rig Runner. In addition, their Rig Runner support page has detailed instructions with illustrations on how to assemble the power poles.  The connectors can be crimped or soldered.

MFJ is now selling Power Poles and power distribution boxes using APP connectors.

Powerwerx has a variety of APP accessories such as chassis mountspre-made adaptors/jumpers, as well as a photo gallery of ideas and a list of organizations using the APP as a standard connector.

We’ve recently been informed that Universal Radio in Reynoldsburg (Columbus area) carries Power Poles and Rig Runners.

Quicksilver Radio has Power Poles, as well as an assortment of pre-fabricated jumpers and adaptors.

Designs for home brewed power pole based power distribution boxes.  See details at: http://www.qsl.net/wd4bis/connect.htm Note: The man who developed these, Gerry, WD4BIS, stated the following in an e-mail: “…for the single sided board the max current is about 15 amps, Double sided board about 30 amps max,  you can about double that numbers if you leave a good solder path connector to connector.

NOTE:  We have adopted  the same POLARITY STANDARD as seen in  the above web pages.  That is, when viewed from the contact side  (opposite the wiring side) with tongue down and hood up, the RED  is on the LEFT and the BLACK is on the RIGHT.  This is the same  polarity standard that the majority of groups use.  The red and black plastic housings slide together with molded-in dovetails. (See picture Below)