OK, here's some information I was able to find. Basically, the
microphone connector Kenwood uses is difficult to replace because they
use stranded wire, and most RJ-45 connectors are designed for solid
wire. I've decided to replace the whole cable assembly. First, K3OWX
sells 4 foot long, 8 wire cable assemblies with an RJ-45 connector on
the end. This would be very useful if you wanted to use a rig with this
kind of connector for Packet and needed to make up a cable.
A picture of the cable can be seen at:http://www.geocities.com/k3owx/cable.jpg
If you need the pin-out here is the url:http://freeweb.pdq.net/medcalf/ztx/wire/index.html
The price is $4.00 for one or $10 for three shipping included.
Please send payment to:
12214 Cleghorn Rd.
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
I also got great response from Kenwood via E-mail, they replied very
quickly with a copy of the Service Manual for the MC-53DM microphone.
The replacement cable assembly is part number E30-3240-08, and they want
$14.56 plus $6.50 shipping. This is a lot better than spending $90.00
for a whole new microphone ! Their parts distributors:
Pacific Coast Parts (800) 262-1312
15204 Staff Court (310) 515-0207
Gardena , CA 90248 Fax(310) 538-4919
8:00AM - 4:30PM PST
East Coast Transistor Parts Inc. (800) 637-0388
2 Marlborough Road (516) 483-5742
West Hempstead, NY 11552 Fax (516) 483-5904
9:00AM - 5:30PM EST
I hope this information is useful, and thanks to all who responded to my
73 Steve K0SR