I believe you are referring to a "blade fuse" which has been used in automobiles for the last 25 years. A good supply can be found at your local Wal-Mart store back in the auto supply section. Another good source are your Ham swap meets. Zip cord wire should be color coded (Red and Black) Stay away from the brown zip cord unless you color code the ends.
your Ham swap-meets is again, a good source of this wire. You may be able to find it at one of the major amateur radio suppliers. Might be a good thing for Elecraft to stock.
Have fun and good luck.
Bill Harris w7kxb
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 12:45:36 -0400
From: "Tom McCulloch" <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Elecraft] Looking for source for wire and fuses
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I'm looking for an online source for those automobile fuses which are used
in the RigRunner power distributors. While I'm at it I'd like to order some
"zip-cord" wire in various gauges and colors. Does anyone have a good
online source for these?
Usually, traditional brown zip cord has one smooth insulated conductor, and
the other conductor has a rib running axially, or a series of markings to
allow one to "polarize" the use of the brown cord. In the old days, we made
the conductor having the rib along its entire length the neutral conductor
for brown zip AC cords. You could even determine the "polarity" by feeling
the cord in the dark for the prominently ribbed ones.