Flexradio power cable

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My power cable is getting lose where it connects to radio,crimp on the lead is very lose,could anyone point me in the rite direction to get a new one.thanks tony.the radio is a flex 6500.
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Tony Hateley

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Dudley - WA5QPZ, Elmer

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Mack McCormick, Elmer

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Tony,

It’s just a power pole connector. You can cut the old connector off and add new connectors easily. If you have have the skills/tools to do this operation then perhaps another ham friend does. If you live near North Atlanta I’ll be pleased to do it for you.

73,

Mack
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The trouble is I’m in England so it looks like a repair job,just got locate a pole connector
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Dudley - WA5QPZ, Elmer

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Tony,

Be sure to use the 40 amp crimp on connectors

Dudley
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Tony Hateley

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Ok Dudley got to find one first
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If I may restate..." Make SURE you use 40 amp contacts." I did not check when I made my "custom" cable and it caused a partial meltdown at the back of the radio. Fortunately, it was my "custom" cable that had the melt down. I did have a difficult time getting the connectors to unmate  so I could disconnect the cable. Totally my fault but everyone should learn from my mistake. USE CONTACTS of ADEQUATE AMP RATINGS!
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@ Dudle, are you sure they are rated 40A? Gonna buy a starter kit over here in Europe and I can only find 45A as a standard size. Bit confused over what you said?  Hardware manual says 45A as well.

Never used PP before. Just curious and don't wanna buy the wrong size/set. Still learning after all those years ;)


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Tom N5MOA

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I used 45 amp connectors when I made my cable.
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Johan - Sorry for the late response.   Yes 45 amp connectors are the right ones,  years ago they were 40 amp..   Sure work just fine,  but is a little difficult to stuff into the shell crimped and maybe soldered..  Make sure that you hear the the little "Click"  of the internal clip to verify the pin is locked in ..

73,
Dudley
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RR, Tnx Dudley. I was pretty sure this was the case. But not used to Power Poles, just wanted to make sure. I'll will order a kit today. 
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Two items re "loose" - If the problem is the entire connector falls out of the flex, then the flex side connector and the wire side connector tabs may be bent making a tighter connection. 
If this is the wire to tab crimp is loose then the connector can be removed from the power-pole housing and the crimp tightened (then soldered avoiding excess solder on the connector so it pushes back into the housing) 
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Here are some resources for correcting Power Pole connector problems:

http://www.westmountainradio.com/kb_view_topic.php?id=ST166

https://zeromanual.com/wiki/Anderson_Power_Products

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o31iuOcQ-jo  << Some good information explained (like standard orientation, how the different amp sizes vary)

If the crimp is weak you can form it without a crimper if you are handy & careful.  As mentioned soldering it might be easier.  

73

Steve
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