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#151793 - 02/16/02 06:58 AM Ever see anything like this?
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I am going to try to upload a picture. Let me know if they come out. Have you ever seen a receptacle like this? I have been doing electrical work for more than 25 years now and I never saw one of these. Any idea? I have my own idea, but I figured I would go to an expert.


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#151794 - 02/16/02 11:52 AM Re: Ever see anything like this?
Rabbit Offline

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Posts: 61
Loc: Kingsport Tennessee
Tell me you photoshopped that

#151795 - 02/16/02 01:09 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
I guess it's a 17 1/2 amp receptacle

#151796 - 02/16/02 02:03 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
sparky Offline

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The integral 'box divider' hints of AC / DC or other diversity included into one enclosure.......

#151797 - 02/16/02 05:07 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Wow!! Shouldnt this picture be in the international forum?

#151798 - 02/16/02 08:21 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
NJwirenut Offline

Registered: 09/15/01
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Loc: Bergen County, NJ
I think this is an old TV/radio outlet, from the pre-cable days when almost every home had an antenna on the roof.

The bottom half is a standard 120 VAC outlet to power the set, and the upper half was connected to the 300 ohm twin lead from the roof mounted antenna. The antenna wire from the set was fitted with the strange mating plug. The box divider was to separate the LV and HV wiring inside the box.

#151799 - 02/17/02 05:07 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
Do we know where this receptacle came from?

Harold, can you shed some light on this??


#151800 - 02/17/02 08:58 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
harold endean Offline

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2248
Loc: Boonton, NJ
My ex-foreman Jim found this receptacle while he was doing work in an old house. We both believe that the upper recepatcle has to do with an antenna. The word aerial appear on the receptacle.

#151801 - 04/06/02 01:18 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
sparky66wv Offline

Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2334
Loc: West Virginia
Mr. Hixson confirms (confidently) that is indeed for an aerial and 120V source for a radio or TV.

#151802 - 04/16/02 08:56 PM Re: Ever see anything like this?
Bjarney Offline

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Look closely at the upper plug--isn't it molded/labeled 'aerial' and 'ground'?

I believe that Arrow-Hart was one producer of these. It was once common to have external connections on AM radios for a 'longwire' [outdoor/attic] antenna & 'whatever-was-handy' ground.

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