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cable questions

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    Eva, KN6CZD

    I keep buying the wrong cables… any suggestions?

    (1) what options do i have to extend a 25 feet coax by 10 feet.
    (2) If you are using a Kenwoood TM-D710/or TM-v71 what cable that would work with chirp and includes a driver for macs. I believe the kenwood mobiles both need the same plug.


    David, KM6DOV

    Here’s the cable I bought. It’s a lot cheaper than Kenwood, and the FTDI driver is supported by Mac. has some instructions on how to configure Chirp and where to connect the cable.

    The easiest way to extend coax 10 feet is to buy a 10 foot cable with ends and a barrel connector. The “right” way is to buy a cable that’s the correct length and replace the whole thing. If the barrel connection is going to be outside, use some cable sealing tape around it.

    Best of luck on your radio project! You picked a great radio, in my opinion.

    Eva, KN6CZD

    Thanks DOV. Good to know that programming cable works. Will probably buy a new coax…

    Casey, KA5WAX

    thanks for mentioning that Radio, Eva. I just read the manual and it looks like it ticks a number of checkboxes I had.

    The central odd-ball checkbox is some kind of bank scanning. the 10 ‘bank’ scan ranges based on memory location looks good to me.

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