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Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)

John C. McGrath (W9JCM) on March 18, 2005
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Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit For The 857D

Ok folks if you are like me and don't have lots of extra money in the bank account to purchase accessories for you new mobile rig here is something I found out. I am driving a 91 Mustang Convertible and installed my 857 without a separation kit well it was just down right horrible. There wasn't much room for it and it looked ugly. So after looking at the prices of what the separation kit cost was IE 59.99 I decided to look at other options. I had a good look at the small cable you get with the rig. To me it was straight thru design 6 pin. So I did an Internet search and found a valuable yahoo group for the FT 857 and in the file section it confirmed what I thought. If you can find a 6-pin Ethernet cable which is easy and, your choice in length you have yourself a remote face. I rummaged through my junk box and found a 20-foot in length one. Held my breath and plugged it in. Everything worked properly. Now off to how to mount the face, here is what I did. I used a Panavise mount and some heavy duty Velcro for easy removal. See pictures.

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That's it guys it didn't cost me anything but time. I imagine if you went out and had to buy this stuff you might spend all of 12 bucks. Hope this helps some hams out there save a few of those hard earned pennies. John McGrath W9JCM

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Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by N6AJR on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
there is also a guy on ebay that sells a 20 cat cable and a 20 foot mic cable for an extender kit, the hard part is finding a way to mount the face plate.

the face plate is the problem, I just cant' velcro it to the dash... good luck
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by W2GJW on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Yes, you can save yourself alot of money.

I simply used RJ12, NOT RJ11, but RJ12, which is 6 conductor phone cable. I measured it to the length I needed and crimped on two modular ends. It works like a charm. Total cost, 5 bucks. I then velcroed the head to my dash and I'm good to go. Looks and works great, and no problems with RF.

This approach works for many of today's radios, with the exception of the IC706(MKII-G) series, as well as the FT100(D) series. Those radios, and there may be others, require the OEM seperation kit, which includes the spring loaded face-plate which mates to the control head.

Of course your mileage may vary, and others may also require speaker extension cables and mic extension cables.

Good Luck & 73
W2GJW
FN20wu
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KC9ANQ on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I WAS LOOKING AT IT AND THOUGHT THE SAME AS YOU BUT WAS NOT BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY.

YOUR 6 WIRE IS NOT A CROSSOVER WIRE CORRECT????
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K4JF on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Nice job, John. I'm considering the '857 for my Firebird, and will have to remote it, like my current TM-V7A. Thanks for the info.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA6BFH on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I will recommend this to my girl friend. I believe she now uses “Cross Your Heart” when she wears one but, she may find your tip useful!
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KE4DRN on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hi,

Panavise has several mounts availabe, I like the indash series.

http://www.panavise.com/nf/comm/index.html

Ram has several options, including those for ham radio

http://www.ram-mount.com/hamradio.htm

73 james
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA6BFH on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I think you may have a typo as well. I mean,"857D", come on now! She's 39D, and thats big!
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K7PEH on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I am waiting for the 857DD (double-D) -- now, that is bigger.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K6CS on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I wanna see the pics!
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KC8VWM on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Can't wait to get my hands on the live display at Dayton this year.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KC8VWM on March 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Is it rack mountable?
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K5DFO on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Does anyone know what cable is used for the Yaesu FT 7800R? I would like to separate the head from the radio but don't want to pay the price for primarily a cable.
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA1RNE on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Allthough the utility of this arrangement is good, there may be some serious drawbacks. (It's only my opinion, but ths isn't exactly what I would consider and attractive looking installation.)

The first is mounting ANY gear on the dashboard.

Even commercial grade equipment is not rated to handle the intense internal heat rise that occurs with exposing the radio to direct sunlight. Given most equipment is painted black which absorbs UV, you know you are asking for trouble. If you want that capability you need a mil-spec rated unit.

Second, I wouldn't trust velcro to hold should you end up in a collision.

Lastly, this radio is on display for thieves, practically screaming "I'm here for the taking".

The best practice is to either mount the rig under the dash or in an unused compartment IN the dash. In some cars and trucks, areas like cigarette ashtrays can be removed and instead used as a mounting location for the radio.


73, Chris
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KF4VGX on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Looks GOOD ! thats what Hams are good at ,coming up with their on idea's !
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by N3ZKP on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
RNE:

I totally agree about Velcro - that's a very poor way to mount control heads.

As for the heat on dash mounts, you may be correct but I offer that I have been mounting control heads to the dash (not actually on the top) for many years with no problem from the heat. Of course, if I am parked and there's direct sunlight hitting them, I usually cover them with a wash rag or small towel. My current vehicle, a Ford Windstar, had the control heads on the top of the lower dash.

Now to the theft part ...

In over 35 years of having ham, law enforcement, public service or business band (usually a combination) radios installed in my vehicles, I have never had one stolen. I have never had an antenna stolen, either. I have lived in Houston, Dallas and several other Texas cities, several in west Virginia and the last 16 in Baltimore. I travel extensively over the Mid-Atlantic region, including NY and NYC.

My mobile installations are designed for my operating convenience first, and everything else second. On the outside chance I have something stolen, I have insurance.

Lon
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by N3WDZ on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
K5DFO writes:

"Does anyone know what cable is used for the Yaesu FT 7800R? I would like to separate the head from the radio but don't want to pay the price for primarily a cable."

It takes the same cable as the FT-857. I have both radios.

You can also order the cable from DigiKey, part number
H2662-07-ND for 7 foot, H2662-14-ND for 14 feet,
and H2662-25-ND for 25 feet.

The 7 foot cord is listed on page 168 of catalog T051, for $3.17 each.

I accidentally ordered the crossover cable by mistake
for myself, but that was easily corrected by cutting the cable in half and swapping the conductors and then
heat shrinking it back together.


Works fine on both my FT-857 and FT-7800.


I agree with others about the velcro issue --- I'd rather have a solid mount. I have a remote cable so that the passenger can detach the radio faceplate and operate with the control head in their lap when I'm driving. Otherwise, the radio is positioned for driver operation.


73 de N3WDZ
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by W6TH on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!


Sounds great and no problem to set it up in my Hummer.Plenty of room.

W6TH
.:
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA6BFH on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Wow, 857 Double "D", and a Hummer as well!
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by ND5Y on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
You can also use the same thing for the IC-2720H and FT-7100M.
You can buy the cable, crimp tool and a bag of connectors for way less than the price of a separation kit.

73,
Tom
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA1RNE on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Lon;

Being a little more specific, I'm referring to the problems associated with mounting on the TOP of the dash.

A towel is OK in a pinch, but you have to ensure it's not disturbing air flow around any heatsinks.

I've been installing amateur and commercial HF, VHF, UHF and cellular equipment for 25 years and have seen some really poor installations.

One in particular that comes to mind was a 60 watt Regency commercial VHF rig. (running 153-156 Mhz) I advised against installing this rig on top of the dash of a truck, but they did it anyway.

About 6 months later on summer day, the PA was toast and the guy commented something to the effect "and the heatsink was so hot you could fry and egg on it."

Might make anyone a little uptight should your PA smoke just after the warranty expires.....

73, Chris
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Divorce  
by K4JSR on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
KC8VWM sez, "Is it rack mountable?"
Why would you want to get racked? :-@

WA6BFH sez, "I will recommend this to my girl friend. I believe she now uses “Cross Your Heart” when she wears one but, she may find your tip useful!"
And, "I think you may have a typo as well. I mean,"857D", come on now! She's 39D, and thats big!"
John, thanks for keeping us "abreast".

KC8VWM again sez, " Can't wait to get my hands on the live display at Dayton this year."
Now really, Charles and John, is this any way to
YL away the time? (This is a rhetorical question!)

At least youse guys will never be in the dark with
all of those "high beams" out and about.

I'm gone before N2MG hurts me.

 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by W1DUD on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
If you worry about your rig being stolen, you just shouldn't have it in your vehicle...."73" W1DUD "The DUD"
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by W1DUD on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
BTW nice article John good job..
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by N3ZKP on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Chris:

<< A towel is OK in a pinch, but you have to ensure it's not disturbing air flow around any heatsinks. >>

I have never mounted a complete radio on a dash top. I was specifically referring to control heads only.

<<I've been installing amateur and commercial HF, VHF, UHF and cellular equipment for 25 years and have seen some really poor installations. >>

I have, too. :)

 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by N3ZKP on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
<< If you worry about your rig being stolen, you just shouldn't have it in your vehicle....">>

Agreed!
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by VA3RWC on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Okay. Now we have your 857 nicely separated and mounted----but what puzzles me is how and where to ground the ATAS-120 somewhere in the trunk area of my 2002 Camry.
Modern cars have so much plastic that there are no obvious places to establish a proper RF ground.
even the underside of the leadeing edge of the trunk lid is plastic---or putty, or something.
my Diamond 400 trunk lid mount fits well but to my dismay, i found out recently that the mounting screws were fixed into some kind of non-conductive material at the front/underside of the trunk lid.
any suggestions?
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K8MHZ on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
<i found out recently that the mounting screws were fixed into some kind of non-conductive material at the front/underside of the trunk lid.
any suggestions?>

If you use a 18 to 21 inch long bell hangar drill bit and aim toward the bottom of the vehicle you should hit metal every time!
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K0RGR on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I'm a bit concerned about regular velcro, too. I've used it for light objects, but it tends to fail in hard stops, and that can be painful and expensive.

The good news is Radio Shack carries some 'Super Velcro' - this stuff will hold about anything. The 'velcro' is much stronger than the adhesive on it, however, so you can't rely on the stickum to hold - in fact, it's worthless in the cold. I still wouldn't use it to secure anything that could become a deadly projectile in a high speed accident, but it holds the control head for my IC-2720 to the center console of my little car just fine.
In an accident, it isn't going anywhere, anyway.

I carry a towel in my car to cover my gear if I'm stopping for lunch, and you're just asking for it if you leave the control head overnight in the motel parking lot! Big antennas are like neon signs saying "Rob Me" too. I've been really stupid twice, so I can give good advice on what not to do.

My first burglary happened in Des Moines, Iowa. I was parked in a police-patrolled city parking ramp downtown, next to a big picture window on the skywalk. It was during basketball tournaments, so thousands of people were walking past that window all day long. Somebody smashed the windows of my car and took the time to dismantle my mobile rigs, which were bolted to the car.

The second burglary happened at a big motel in Wisconsin. We parked our truck in front of the motel office, right under a street light, where the desk clerk would see anything going on. Somebody smashed the wing window and went all through the car, taking the radios and anything else they could find.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KE4IZA on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Very nice setup. Looks really cool. Everything within arms reach. Ignore the pessimistic comments ....
Their just jealous.

Jim - ke4iza
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K6FYY on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
VA3RWC wrote: "what puzzles me is how and where to ground the ATAS-120 in the trunk area of my 2002 Camry."

Locate a metal spot in the trunk. For example, where the negative return of the the turn signal wiring is grounded inside the trunk. Get several feet of a good quality 1/2 inch grounding braid and tuck one end under set screws of the Diamond antenna mount-- between the metal strips and the trunk lid. Secure the braiding to the trunk-lid support with tie-bands and drape it neatly inside and around trunk, fastening it to the grounding point.

I did exactly that in a 1989 Tercel. And it worked just fine. I'm using a similar arrangement on a 2005 Scion-- from the antenna mount to the hydraulic hinge of the hatchback door-- and the ATAS tunes perfectly from 40 to 6.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K4JSR on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hush, Jim!!! We were trying to keep our jealousy
hidden!
The article is indeed worthwhile and will be sending
a lot of ideas through heads that would never have
thought of an economical fix to an expensive problem.
John, Charles and I are so ashamed of not keeping our
minds on ham radio and conjuring up old mammaries!
After all, it is Spring and a young man's fancy always
turns to ham radio mobile operation, right? Mobile
operation is always more fun whilst impressing a YL
riding along--especially if she is a ham and can keep the log for you!
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by N7QVP on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
hey John: now all i need is a 706 and will be in business with your idea
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by NS6Y_ on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I was pleasently surprised to see Panavise radio mounts in my local HRO, I wasn't sure what to think with you guys saying you're using Panavises to mount radio heads in your cars!

Fear of break-ins has also kept me from radio'ing up my car, the most I might go is a 2m rig installed in an unused dash compartment, and then make a cover for it that velcros on, and looks like ..... an unused compartment. With my car this should be easy - YMMV.

Portable operation on HF is a whole different ballgame though, that might be easier. I just don't want any break-ins, how about an article on "stealth" radio setups in cars?
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KC8VWM on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Now MR. K4JSR, I dont see anything wrong with having a control head that is rack mountable. It sure beats vinyl or velcro I say! Besides, you know what they say... there's nothing like a Hummer. (...sorry Vito)

Stop it John... You know it's all your fault. :)

73 Charles - KC8VWM







 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K8LEA on March 19, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Sometime before the invention of fire, or at least between 1975 and 1984, I stuck a Brimstone 144 into the glove box of a '77 Ford LTD Brougham.

The glove box consisted of a door with a plastic part attached to it that comprised the actual glove box, and a big hole in the dash in which the plastic part fit.

A bunch of screws later, all I had was a big hole with a door on it.

The Brimstone (remember them?) was a bit over a foot wide, about 8" deep, and about 4" high, and a perfect fit. The mounting bracket fit someplace handy too, where some BIG screws could be used to mount it.

Nobody even thought about a separation kid in those days. In fact, the folks in Kansas where that thing was made didn't understand us "back east" people caring about hiding the radios.

(I designed a nice remote control unit for the thing, but TTL in a car is a little iffy without a lot more time than I had. Never built it.)

Changing channels was a bit iffy, but remoting a speaker and the mic was trivial - everything but the squelch controls was available on a couple of terminal strips on the rear.

My nephew (he'll be 30 in May!) was a little tyke then. I arranged to pick him up and let him visit my office. Cute little guy.... I picked him up at my mom's (he and his folks were visiting from out-of-town), and the little guy got into the car, looked around, and made a face. "What's wrong?" "Bubby LIED to me!" "Oh?" "She said there was a phone in your car." I handed him the TT Trimline that was tucked under the front seat.... (Bless the old 147.000 autopatch.)

Next car didn't have a big enough glove box. I ended up putting the monster in the trunk. Lo-Z mic and speaker wiring could be remoted up front easily, and 2M rigs barely need a squelch anyway. Channel changing was next to impossible, but.... I built a remote head into the dash - just a place to plug in the Trimline and provide a volume control for the speaker. I put one of those Drake TT mics on the thing somewhere along the line and ditched the Trimline. For general yakking, the little PTT button was a PITA....

I gave up and bought an IC-25H in about 1986....

BTW, the current hi-band in the car is a Yaesu FT-1500M. Bolted to a tranny hump bracket I scrounged in the 70's. The mounting system Yaesu used for that thing is such that a thief will need a crowbar. I may need one too.... Too much Sake, I think....

The current vehicle has plenty of room for one of most anything, and I probably could find someplace else to mount the FT-1500M, too. It's kinda small. But I like the trend to remote mounting.

Regards,

Stu K8LEA
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA6BFH on March 20, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
For many years now I have mounted radios with the bands from old prophylactics. This was somewhat tricky in the old days of vacuum tube radios, as they were heavier. I also had better uses for the prophylactics back then. Now of course the radios are much lighter and, since my gal got her hysterectomy, I have plenty for all future radio purchases!
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Divorce  
by K4JSR on March 20, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Stu, I must be an old phart. I remember the Brimstone
quite well! Don't ask me what I had for breakfast this morning!
John and Charles, I am so old that I have no clue as
to what you two are alluding. My recently turned adult children assure me that they invented sex and
they *KNOW* that parents were always old and never did anything that was lewd, or in any way animalistic.
I am so happy to have my total innocence restored!
This is totally unlike Feee lep, KOE type, who is
having so much fun with his new toy, a Manpack radio,
as to be similar to having a mid-life Freudian damp
reverie! And Fee lep was known to have used his fist
during his weekend debauchery of operating portable
and QRP!!!

As far as mounting mobile rigs with velcro, sudden stops bring a whole new dimension to the expression,
"Let her rip!"!

OKAY, Feeeeelllllleppppp, defend yourself!
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Divorce  
by WA6BFH on March 21, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Oh come on!

It’s pretty hard to beat the smell of a new radio, and the sound and feel as that latex snaps into place!
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA6BFH on March 21, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Oh, and when done properly, the rack can be mounted from any desirable positions or angles!
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by K1DXB on March 21, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks so much for the info in your article. I'm
planning to remote my 857D in a Mini Van so your
article was "just what the doctor ordered"
73, Ward
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KD7YHC on March 22, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I'd like a detachable control panel that uses wireless networking. No cables at all. It would be great for home use too.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by W9WHE-II on March 23, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Way to go!

W9WHE
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by KC0KBL on March 23, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
857 Fans

I scanned quickly so if this is a repeat, I am sorry. Forget the velcro!!!!!! Go to Yeasu and buy the plastic mount that comes with the kit for about 5 bucks as a replacement part. One better, buy the metal shroud that comes on the radio as a replacement part from Yeasu. It will need a little more prep than the plastic but is a stronger mount.

All details can be found on the Yahoo Groups 857 Group.

One more thing. I have modified a Garmin Beanbag Mount for the 857 head. Put about 20000 miles on it so far. Put it in the trunk at hotels. Put in on the floor with the sun is out. Put it on the seat when I park so it doesn't stand out. Put in on the dash when mobile. With the remote control mike, this is the ultimate mobile setup for smaller autos I must say. I love it and the radio.

Lance, KC0KBL
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by EI5DU on March 24, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Well done John. I'm just sorry that I didn't find your article on the 857 separation kit before I spent the money! But, my goodness, haven't Yaesu gone mean with their fittings? If you want to take the 857 control panel off its mount for security, as I do, you have to unplug the control cable every time! I wonder just how long the frail connector plug will last? Why couldn't Yaesu have continued attaching the control lead to the mounting plate like they used to on the FT 100D model? Ah well, that's cost cutting for you. Go Well John.
73s,
Alex.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by W4ABX on March 25, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
A little hint on using stick-on velcro in your car. I believe I read this in QST, but a reader advised going to a drug store and buying COMPOUND BENZOIN TINCTURE,available over the counter. She is a nurse, and this liquid is used to apply to areas where an IV may be taped in. It increases the adhesion tremondously,and if you need to remove it, plain alcohol will wipe it off. Just apply it to the area you are going to place the velcro (or any adhesive backed product),let it dry, and apply your material.
I have used it at home and on the job for similiar applications using "sticky-back" ty-wrap mounts,double faced foam tape, and velcro mounts.Results are incredible. It is a little costly for a 2oz bottle, but a little goes a long way. Try it, you'll like it.
Mikey W4ABX
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by WA2JJH on March 27, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
WOW!. fb and well done. One always seems to pay a premium price for a feature that swayed you to that rig. I understand you can use Collins Mechanical filters for that rig.

I wish I waited. I knew the FT-100D had a replacement
a few months away. There were some rumors about the DSP
option. How expensive it would be, ect.

I saw Gigaparts had a super deal on the FT-100D.
For $730 shipped. Included free..DSP.500hz CW filter
and the TXCO. I cannot use the TCXO for 60M, becuase TX B/W is too wide (2.7khz)

I then saw the price of the FT-100D shootup.

Still wish I waited for the FT-857. Your homebrew is very good. As most know the ft-100D, the interfaceis flimsey. The face plate slides off too easy,and the mic cable is a TELCO LIKE plu and socket.

However the size is neither eithernet or POT(plain old telephone).

So, I might as well glue it on. Any idea;s?
 
Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by W4RCN on April 1, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Got my 857D yesterday and wanted to remote mount the head. The control head to radio cable is 6 conductor Telco satin cord. The plug is an RJ25. The plugs are available at radio shack, but they don’t sell the cable. I went to Circuit City and bought a 3 line line-cord. But, beware they are crossover. You must cut one plug off and replace it with the plugs you bought at Radio Shack. The mike cord is a standard cat 5 8pin data cable. You can buy them anywhere. You can also buy the junction connector that connects the mike to the cord at Wal-Mart. Total cost about 20 bucks +or -. I also got some super loop fasteners from Radio shack to mount the head to the plastic dashboard. That super loop fastener is more than strong enough to hold the control head. It takes about 50lbs of pull to pull them apart. I think if you clean the surfaces with rubbing alcohol before you attach them they will last a life time.
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by MW0MFB on April 5, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hi,

to remote mount the FT-7800R you would use the same 6 core cable and a RJ12 6 pin connector.

cheers
 
RE: Homebrew Your Own Separation Kit (857D)  
by G4IRN on June 27, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
In the UK you can purchase a suitable cable to remotely mount the 857 head unit as follows:
www.lindy.com - 6 Way RJ-12 Cable, 5m - Part No. 34225.

Works fine for me. Price incl. P&P is £8.30.

John. G4IRN.

 
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