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Author Topic: Connecting TS-480 to my Computer  (Read 2787 times)
K2TTM
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« on: September 21, 2012, 08:22:17 AM »

I just purchased a Kenwood TS-480 and want to hook it up to my computer so I can run HRD on it.   Kenwood say to use a DB-9 to DB-9. I've seen cables on Ebay that are listed as "CAT DB9 to USB" that claim to work on the TS-480's but before I buy one I'd like to know if anyone has any experience with this.  My only other option seems to be a DB25 (currently the only unused COM port on my computer) to DB9 adapter/converter.  Any advice on which way to go?  Thanks.



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W8JX
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 01:39:01 PM »

I use a USB to serial adapter here but you can also use your DB25 with a adapter to convert it to a DB9.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2012, 06:02:40 AM »

If you ever plan to use the Kenwood software, be sure that you get a USB to serial cable that uses the FTDI chipset. Best idea is to go with the DB25 to DB9 converter and just use the native serial port.
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KE5DFK
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2012, 07:54:25 AM »

I use a USB to serial adapter with a Manhattan chip and it works fine.  Make sure your serial cable is a straight serial port cable with the correct gender connectors.  A modem serial cable will NOT work.  I use this on setup with Linux Ubuntu  Grin and XP Angry and it works great with both.
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2012, 12:16:04 PM »

I just purchased a Kenwood TS-480 and want to hook it up to my computer so I can run HRD on it.   Kenwood say to use a DB-9 to DB-9. I've seen cables on Ebay that are listed as "CAT DB9 to USB" that claim to work on the TS-480's but before I buy one I'd like to know if anyone has any experience with this.  My only other option seems to be a DB25 (currently the only unused COM port on my computer) to DB9 adapter/converter.  Any advice on which way to go?  Thanks.





I use this serial adapter with an FDTI chipset: http://www.usbgear.com/computer_cable_details.cfm?sku=USBG-232&cats=106&catid=420%2C482%2C1303%2C199%2C461%2C106%2C1009%2C601

This is only a foot long, so I would recommend still getting the DB9 serial cable anyway. I have seen them on ebay for like $5 for a 10 footer.

I use HRD and Windows 7. Most new computers do not have serial ports, so you needs the adapter in the link.
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