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Old 7th October 2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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I would like to ask if this one plug, plus an umbilical cord, and a suitable octal socket to plug in, can be a safe (cheap) way to carry the B from a separate chassis PSU, to an amplifier
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Old 7th October 2010, 10:22 AM   #2
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Used to use that sort of thing with Yaesu tube ham radios. I'm not happy with it now, I use a high voltage BNC connector http://www.jyebao.com.tw/files%20download/MHV.pdf
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Hi Gents
I would like to ask if this one plug, plus an umbilical cord, and a suitable octal socket to plug in, can be a safe (cheap) way to carry the B from a separate chassis PSU, to an amplifier
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That's exactly the way I'm doing my power supply to amp cabling. I wanted to be sure I had enough "expansion" capability, so I'm using an 11 pin.
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Thanks, I'm happy to hear that. It seems to be cheap, practical and safe, at least until 500VDC, I think..
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I guess the Health and Safety boys of today would not like it even though the Octal plug was used for many such applications in the past. Just make sure you fit the socket on the power supply and arrange for the amplifier not to have any charged capacitors lurking on the detached plug. I try to use connectors that have a certain amount of shrouding on both halves, even recessed pins are better than fully exposed ones, especially if exposed pins can be touched whilst actually making contact with the socket.
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Why not use a Bulgin plug/socket? These are 8-pin mains rated, with shrouded pins on the plug. I understand they are widely used for disco lighting, but I use them for HT supplies.
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Why not use a Bulgin plug/socket? These are 8-pin
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Can you post a link or picture of these?
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I'd be happier with the Bulgin rather than the octal.

I also make sure the psu "knows" the HT connector is terminated before energising the HT. In my case, continuity between the sheild of the BNC and the chassis. This then operates a relay to switch the ht on after a short delay to let the cathodes warm.
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http://www.bulgin.co.uk/PDFs/CatNo82/GenPurpose2005.pdf
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Old 7th October 2010, 11:32 AM   #10
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Max rating for the bulgin falls short of your B+ of 500volts though...
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