[OZAPRS] Off topic - perhaps ...
tfneumann at internode.on.net
Fri Dec 21 21:40:13 EST 2007
I hesitate to ask this; it may be off topic but I'l try to cover myself
in the explanation. Someone here will know the answer ...
A lot of new gear (some of it APRS associated) I buy these days seems to
have gone for "upside down" plug packs or power cord plugs. That is,
the bulk of the plug pack is above the level of the three pins in the
standard Australian power plug / socket and the cable exits upwards from
the top of the pack.
Ditto for the cable entry on the 240vac cable supplied with my Waeco
camping fridge. The cord exits the three pin plug upwards instead of
straight out from the plug or downwards in approximately the four
o'clock position as with many "Kambrook type" power board supply plugs.
These devices are a real pain when used on the current dual GPO's used
in many house installations these days, as the GPO switch is hidden
behind the device and cannot be operated if the appliance is plugged
in. You have to first operate the switch on the GPO and then insert the
plug or plugpack. This seems to fly in the face of accepted safe
Is there a good reason for this innovation? It there is one it eludes
me, but them I'm usually slow to catch on.
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