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Old 21st June 2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Old style HP power cords

Does anyone have a source for the old style HP power cords with 3 round pins? I believe they were called PH-163. They were used on older test equipment.
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Old 21st June 2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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You might call the Chief Engineer from a locat Radio or TV station. I'll bet they have a few of those power cords which are collecting dust.
I know that we had a bunch of them at my former workplace. I've retired so I don't have access to them now.
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Old 21st June 2011, 09:28 PM   #3
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They are often referred to as "tape recorder" power cords. You might find some in retired tape recorders or film projectors.
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Old 21st June 2011, 11:17 PM   #4
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Don't know how many your looking for but I have a few in stock


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Old 21st June 2011, 11:28 PM   #5
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I don't believe these are the tape recorder cords. Those have a rectangular connector body. The ones I'm looking for have an oval body to fit in an oval socket.

Apex, I'll pm you. thanks.
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Old 24th June 2011, 07:14 PM   #6
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They show up on eBay every now and then--but generally the seller's know that they are worth about as much as a half-dozen hen's teeth and they usually sell for $20 or so.
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Old 24th June 2011, 08:06 PM   #7
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Thanks. Got one from Steve (Apex). He has them.
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Old 25th June 2011, 12:10 AM   #8
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SInce you found them already it is moot, but the old oval ones WERE known as "tape recorder cords" even if other types have come to be more common on actual tape recorders.
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Old 25th June 2011, 12:18 AM   #9
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Thanks Enzo. Didn't know that.
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Old 28th June 2011, 12:00 PM   #10
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FWIW--I just got Marlin Jones' monthly flyer and see he has uncovered a cache of these (8' long) and is offering them for $3.95 each.

They are "defective" in that the line and neutral wires are reversed, however that can be remedied--it is an inexpensive way to get the connector...
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