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[Towertalk] 4-Pin Trailer Plugs

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Subject: [Towertalk] 4-Pin Trailer Plugs
From: (Mike)
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 20:28:29 -0400
In addition to the use of the trailer hitch connectors on the tower, put an
opposite arrangement in back of your rotor control.  This will allow you to
use the controller to work on the rotor should you need to work on the
rotor on the ground.  (You will have to clip a starting capacitor across
the appropriate terminals on the rotor.)

        Mike, K4GMH

At 03:50 PM 8/26/02 -0700, Mark wrote:
>HEY --`nuther neato use for the ubiquitous 4 conductor trailer hitch
>connectors .. I (with others) use them on all my mobile rig connections, and
>any radio I intend to move around... I parallel the 2 adjacent conductors,
>worky worky, even w/ 100 Watt HF rig, though not necessarily recommended ..
>but, does the job FB!  Great idea there on the antenna rotator wire
>hook-em-ups, swapping the 2wo sexes, so cannot hose-em-up!  CHEAP .. and
>available EVERYWHERE!  Unlike the ARRL suggested Cinch-Jones type plugs ..
>try to find one of those in Podunk Hollow!    As another aside, the local
>club(s) used the ARRL  Cinch-Jones (read .. Radio Shack) 4 pin connectors
>for the "standard", so that all rigs could be safely plugged into the
>emergency power source... and, a short while later, that was CHANGED ..
>wonder how many hammers have it "right" now?  The cheapo 4 wire trailer
>plugs, are, IMHO, THE WAY TO GO" !!!  Buy bulk, at your local auto parts
>store/distributor.... and using to connect your rotator like your suggestion
>is a major PLUS ! ~~~73 ... Mark, AA6DX
>> To allow for rotator disconnect, I used a couple of trailer hitch
>> electrical connector pairs. This gave me 8 conductors worth of
>> weatherproof connectors. (One is wired up opposite the other, so you
>> can't cross them up.)
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