In this post, we describe how to make a pigtail cable to connect the Kenwood TH-F6A triband HT to a 12Vdc power source via an Anderson PowerPole connector. As our starting point, we purchased a Kenwood PG-2W cable from Universal Radio. The Kenwood PG-2W cable comes with fuses already installed.
- Slide on a short length of heat shrink tubing over both the tinned ends of the PG-2W cable.
- The tubing will be used to dress the cable and provide a little strain relief.
|Kenwood PG-2W with heat shrink tubing slide on|
Step 2: Solder on Anderson PowerPole contacts
- Solder (or crimp) on the Anderson PowerPole contacts onto the tinned ends of the PG-2W cable.
|Kenwood PG-2W cable with Anderson PowerPole contacts soldered on|
Step 3: Install the Anderson PowerPole housing
- The positive wire is clearly tagged on the PG-2W.
- Install the Anderson PowerPole housing such that the positive contact is inside the red side of the housing.
Step 4: Test the cable
- Using your voltmeter, confirm that the positive contact on the 3.4mm dc connector is connected to the red Anderson PowerPole contact
|Kenwood PG-2W cable - back of the package showing polarity of the 3.4mm dc connector|
Voila! That is how we fabricated our very own pigtail to connect the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel to the Kenwood TH-F6A radio for the purpose of recharging the radio's battery.
|Nomad 7 with Anderson PowerPoles connected|
|Goal Zero Nomad 7 V2 solar panel charging the Kenwood TH-F6A HT Transceiver via Anderson PowerPole cables|
In the next article in this series, we will review the Goal Zero Nomad 7 V2 solar panel under challenging conditions on a backpacking adventure in the California Sierras.
Good DX and 73, NJ2X
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