# Does a 6-pole, double-throw (2-way) switch exists? For hobby DC electronics

#### Yaakov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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#### eetech00

Joined Jun 8, 2013
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Why not buy an RGB switch?

#### MisterBill2

Joined Jan 23, 2018
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OK, so now we know that they are video signals. Probably running video signals to and from a toggle switch will leave you rather non-impressed with the results, because video, even composite video, gets up into the megahertz frequency range.
Now we know that the signals are analog, medium impedance, and fairly high frequency, and also not very many volts. There are several analog multiple switch ICs that would do the switching job very well. And a simple DC toggle switch could easily control them, while the sensitive wiring is all back inside a shielded box. And the whole setup should run less than $10 buying all new ICs at a less expensive supplier. It could even be done with a mechanical relay of the type intended for low level signals. Probably two banks of reed switches with a magnet to switch one or the other on. Small reed switches are fairly cheap. PLUS, you could shield the whole setup with aluminum or copper foil. That is about as cheap as I can get. #### MisterBill2 Joined Jan 23, 2018 9,000 Why not buy an RGB switch? Or a 2 position CRT selector switch. I see those at swaps for a dollar #### djsfantasi Joined Apr 11, 2010 7,763 OK, so now we know that they are video signals. Probably running video signals to and from a toggle switch will leave you rather non-impressed with the results, because video, even composite video, gets up into the megahertz frequency range. Now we know that the signals are analog, medium impedance, and fairly high frequency, and also not very many volts. There are several analog multiple switch ICs that would do the switching job very well. And a simple DC toggle switch could easily control them, while the sensitive wiring is all back inside a shielded box. And the whole setup should run less than$10 buying all new ICs at a less expensive supplier. It could even be done with a mechanical relay of the type intended for low level signals. Probably two banks of reed switches with a magnet to switch one or the other on. Small reed switches are fairly cheap. PLUS, you could shield the whole setup with aluminum or copper foil. That is about as cheap as I can get.
Finally, we get the application. After 38 posts. @msaucedo99 , this could have been resolved is 4-5 posts had we known up front. @MisterBill2 ’s response is similar to what I guessed in post #31. A simple solution.

#### recklessrog

Joined May 23, 2013
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hi ag,
Those switches I linked too, have been working without fault, on almost a daily service, for about 3 years.
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I've used that method too, in fact, it was used with a cross bar operating 3 switches on an analogue jet engine control computer test rig I worked with in the late 1960's. No contact de-bouncing used or needed, and had been in use for several years without any problems

#### MisterBill2

Joined Jan 23, 2018
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Really, two banks of reed switches could be glued to a piece of perf-board and made into a very good switch that would work well for the purpose, since it could be electrically shielded and magneticley operated and probably be set up similar to an arcade-style toggle switch. 2 rows of 6 switches with the common feed between the rows and the magnetic operator bringing the magnet against one or the other iron strips that run across all of each set of reed switches. At least I think that will make them all work at once, each set of 6, that is.