ACC Cable Commercially Available?

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Will Flex sell an "octopus" style cable that converts the ACC jack into Line In, Line 1 Out, etc? If not, is there any demand for this (besides mine)?
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Neal - K3NC, Elmer

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K6OZY, Elmer

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James Kennedy-WU5E

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Yes I thinks someone should make it
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Reg

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As reported elsewhere many of us are using the nifty Winford DB-15 break out boards:

http://www.winford.com/products/brksd...

Winford has high quality data sheets and the product is about $15.00 plus $6.00 for USPS Priority Mail shipping. If you order 2 the shipping price is still $6.00.

If you go with this slim breakout board you want the screw jack version. The non-slim breakout boards will interfere with adjacent connections but the slim version plugs into the back nicely.

I wish these had been around for all of the DB-9 and DB-15 connectors I soldered over the years.

An octopus may fit your needs better but the Winford breakout board is worth a look.

Reg, KD5RB
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Michael - N5TGL

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Making your own cable is not hard. The parts are cheap. Why not take this as an opportunity to apply some of the knowledge you have gained as a ham radio operator to carry on the time-honored tradition of building your own gear? If you aren't comfortable with soldering, I'm sure there's someone in your local club who would be glad to help out.

I built my own interface cable for my SignaLink USB for $5, AND I have the satisfaction of having made it myself. Don't be an appliance operator, pick up a soldering iron!
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W5XZ - dan

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or, if you're REALLY lazy, like me, you could sacrifice an old vga video cable? not sure if gender is correct, though...
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Michael - N5TGL

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I tried that with an old VGA cable I had, now that was a pain in the butt to ring out. Wires extreeeeemly tiny too. I ended up buying a new HD-15 and sacrificing a network cable to make it work.

Here's the other advantage with BYOC (build your own cable): you can come up with nifty-non standard wiring to match your other gear. With the SignaLink USB, when you change rigs you have to change the internal jumpers. I wired my cable for the Flex to match what the SignaLink wants to see when I use my IC-706MIIG. Now I can switch rigs and I don't have to switch internal jumpers.
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Robert -- N5IKD, Elmer

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*** CAUTION ***
The VGA cable I checked had common wires that could be detrimental to the radio.

I used a solder type DB connector and an Ethernet cable. The middle row on the DB connector was not easy to get right. I can see how this could be a problem for people with vision or dexterity limitations.

I would recommend an DB 15 male to RJ45 female adapter: http://goo.gl/PXm7et
Then just use a regular Ethernet cable. The cable is practically made for you.
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pin 11, TX OUT, would not be available, if you happen to need it with the adapter.
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Robert -- N5IKD, Elmer

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Yes, I meant to point out a High Density 15-pin D-sub male plugable connector to RJ 45 adapter. This is a hard adapter to find.
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James Kennedy-WU5E

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got FLDigi working via CAT , works good now
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Robert -- N5IKD, Elmer

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I don't think the audio is coming through the CAT.