DC Distribution for 'van

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I have now sorted out the DC distribution in the van. I wanted some sockets for my ham radio gear and a charge/checking point for the battery. It helps running a company that produces some of this stuff. Fitted quite neatly.
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Oh my, we are a smarty pants lot today, as long as it does what he wants then all good (y)
Serious question though, how much is ham radio used today in this internet age ?
 
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how much is ham radio used today in this internet age ?


Good question; I think there are upwards of 3,000,000 ham radio folks worldwide. However, your underlying premise is akin to asking a horse rider why they do it in the age of the car. It's a fun hobby, no further justification is required I think!

...Why do we have campervans in the age of Air BnB? ;)

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Alistair33

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...Why do we have campervans in the age of Air BnB? ;)

There are no Airbnb where we are currently parked, nor do they feature in many of the places we stop ....... I have however heard that you do get caravans on Airbnb, so undoubtedly motorhomes will follow soon!
 

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Why aren't they out of site next to the existing distribution unit.
Might bash your head on them there.:eek:

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The questions you meant to ask are probably:

how long is the cable run
what current will you be drawing
what type of cable have you used
what is the maximum volt drop that your equipment can tolerate.

Fortunately I have already asked them and designed accordingly.
 
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Looks like the wrong place to me ;)
For most people, maybe....

You make your living hiding all that sort of stuff away neatly so it can't be seen - & very good at it you are too. He makes his living by making the stuff, so he's admiring the very thing that means he can afford the m/h in the first place. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! :D

You have to admit it looks a lot better than some distribution boards. But a question for @g3cwi , what exactly are we looking at here? It appears to be a column of 6 female sockets, each with their own fuse holder to the left. Those sockets look an unusual design for the interior of a m/h - any chance of a photo of one with its matching plug?
 
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It had never occurred to me to put it out of sight. Now you have me worried that my wife might not agree!

The connectors are Anderson PowerPoles. They are rather clever. There is no such thing as a PowerPole plug or socket - they are identical; hard to explain though. They are also rated at far higher currents than most connectors that you see in vans - up to 45 Amps. Very popular for ham radio use as well as in golf carts apparently.
 
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...as I mentioned, it is hard to explain how they work! Basically one housing will push into another when inverted. They are truly a work of genius.
 

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There are no 'sockets'. The pins in one connector make contact with those of another when pushed together.
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The pins are identical.
 
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