Useful 15 pin connector for Flex accessory port

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When I came up empty searching my junk box for a 15 pin connector for the accessory socket on my 6500, I ran across this connector online.  
It has screw compression terminals for all 15 pins and the green terminal section and plug can be easily removed from the black body for attachment of wires.  The shell's cable entry will handle multiple shielded cables if necessary and it has a cable clamp to secure the cables to the shell.  Available on Amazon or eBay at reasonable prices.  Search for "DB15 breakout terminal".  This sure beats struggling to read pin numbers and soldering to those close-spaced pins on the rear of the usual connector.
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Make sure you verify the pin density, and number of rows. There are at least two types of 15 pin connectors that have similar trapezoidal connector shapes. There's the DB-15, which I think this one is, and there's also the DE15, which has three rows, less space between pins, and is more associated with a 'VGA' connector. Here's a link to the DE15: https://www.alliedelec.com/l-com-connectivity-dgbh15mt1/70126850/?mkwid=sO60Qefrq&pcrid=30980760...  You might want the DE15 one for the Flex.
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Good point, Brian.  I'm aware of the difference in the pin layouts of course, but was not aware of the correct connector designation.  I bought mine from a source that clearly showed the three pin rows and stated that it was a VGA connector.  Some of the ones sold on Amazon as "three row" and/or VGA connectors show both the DB15 and DE15 designation.  So, anyone looking to buy one of these should be careful to order the right one.
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Amazon sells breakout connectors that will work for this purpose.  I cannot remember if the port on the back of the radios is male/female but both mates are available:

It looks like the port on the back of the 6600 is a female so you would want the male version from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Oiyagai-Connector-Adaptor-Terminal-Breakout/dp/B074V5XVSQ/ref=sr_1_5_sspa?ie=...
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Also, a breakout box like this would be a very handy way to cobble up a custom band-data cable for the Power Genius XL.  One end of a wire could be whatever you need to connect to a transceiver (or other band-data source), the other end could terminate in one of these, configured to supply the band-data signals to the correct pins.  The pin-out data is in the PGXL documentation.
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Oh my.  I see now that the image that was posted should be considered only representative.  The connector on the back of the radio takes three rows of 5 pins, not two rows of 8 and 7.  The connector on the back of the radios, and the band-data connector on the back of the PGXL are DE15 female, not DB15.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-subminiature
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Mark WS7M

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Yes, the link I posted just above would be for the correct format connector on amazon.
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Checking the documentation, the connector is documented as a HD-15 female connector.  Referring to this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector

it is clear that the DE-15 male connector fits it.
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Your original picture shows a RS-232 type pin layout, the Flex 6600 requires a 15 pin, 3 row, Male connector to fit the 3 row VGA type Female on the back of the radio... I just ordered 2 for $9.75 Shipped out of California... Many on eBay are out of China and will take weeks to arrive... Refer to page 22 of the flex manual for pin out function.. Thanks for the heads up on making this easy to use and wire up!!!

Robert
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Partially true.  a RS-232 connector that size would have only 9 pins in two rows.  I posted the best photo I could find in a short period of time - didn't think there'd be so many keen-eyed readers.  Anyway, it's clear that these connectors are made in every possible combination of pins/rows that fit in that size connector.  Think I'll pick up a 9 pin for future needs.
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