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Author Topic: Where can you get an 8-pin din a-b switch?  (Read 3031 times)
K5JX
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« on: February 06, 2011, 10:21:28 AM »

Does anyone know where you can get an 8-pin din a-b switch compatible with the 8-pin din accessory jack on the back of an Icom 746? Thanks. Rene K5JX
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011, 11:32:19 AM »

Something like this?  http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=4705+SW

(I realize this is a 4-way instead of 2-, but it's close  Roll Eyes )
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AD6KA
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011, 02:30:00 PM »

Something like this?  http://www.mpja.com/prodinfo.asp?number=4705+SW

(I realize this is a 4-way instead of 2-, but it's close  Roll Eyes )

That's actually an 8 Pin MINI DIN data switch, as used in computers.
I am pretty sure, but not certain, that it would not fit the DIN
the 8 PIN DIN for the Icom Jack. I could be wrong.

You could buy the proper jacks and do a conversion!
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 04:13:01 AM »

The easiest way would probably be to purchase an RJ-45 (8-pin modular) switch and a Cat-5E patch cord.  Cut the patch cord in half and solder two 8-pin DINs on the ends.

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john W3JKS/AAT3BF/AAM3EDE/AAM3RE/AAA9SL
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K5JX
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011, 06:11:05 PM »

John and Ken, thanks very much for your suggestions. I think I will go with the min-DIN switch and do the mods necessary to accomodate "regular" 8-pin DIN jacks. I cross-posted my question to the Elmer forum and someone there directed me to an A-B switch.
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Rene K5JX
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AD6KA
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011, 06:26:50 PM »

Good deal that you got what you need.

Data switch boxes are GREAT for projects. They're cheap,
a good source of cheap (low voltage, low current) multiple
pole (up to 25 poles), 2 to 4 throw pre-wired rotary switches,
and make inexpensive enclosures even if you chuck all the parts.

I've got plans to build a homebrew sound card interface
for 4 HF radios, the interface and switch built into a data
switch box. No more plugging and unplugging cables whenever
I want to switch radios. I just need one more part that I can't
find anywhere..
...a Round Tuit! Grin
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