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Author Topic: What is the Ethernet port for?  (Read 977 times)
KI4JGT
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« on: November 08, 2009, 01:55:41 PM »

I have an Icom V8000, and was wondering if I could hook the computer straight to it for digital modes, like d-rats, and others. I'm just trying to put 2 and 2 together, and My computer has an ethernet port and so does my radio.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009, 04:23:05 PM »

"My computer has an ethernet port and so does my radio. "

The radio uses the same connector as Ethernet for the mic jack but it's not an Ethernet port... it's a specific pinout for the mic.


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KI4JGT
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009, 08:43:05 PM »

but why a port shaped like that? Why not a circle or even a triangle?
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2009, 09:23:11 PM »

It's cheaper to use commonly available connectors.

A lot of microphones have eight conductors, the Ethernet plug type has eight conductors and costs very little.   They also don't have to be soldered on, which saves in assembly costs. I think they're very common as mic connectors these days.... very expensive radios sometimes still have the round eight pin mic plugs like this



Designing a custom connector for a radio would be a lot of unnecessary expense and it would also probably make a lot of people mad.

If you want to use a different microphone with a radio that has a common jack and plug set you can very easily find the necessary connector.  If it was a weird manufacturer-specific or radio-specific connector you'd be stuck.
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