[aprssig] Mini-DIN patch cables

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Sun Jan 13 21:33:48 EST 2008

I seem to remember someone mentioning specific requirements they had for 
a 6-pin mini-DIN patch cable ('data' jack style), but I can't find them 
now.  I know the big thing is that they have all 6 wires and have 
connectors that'll fit where the keyboard style plugs won't.  I think it 
had something to do with the ground connection, but I don't remember.

I got lucky last time and found a bunch of suitable cables that had been 
produced for some custom high-end audio gear.  They're a little stiff, 
but they've worked well.  I'm almost out of those, though, and that's 
all that was available.

I've got some other cables being made now (Tracker2 serial splitters to 
start with) and I'm getting a batch of mini-DIN patch cables made up 
while I'm at it, since I can't find a suitable source of ready-made 
cables.  If anyone's got suggestions for other cables that might be 
worth ordering at the same time, let me know.  I'm not sure the factory 
has the tooling for speaker mic connectors, but they can certainly 
handle common audio and data connectors.

Hmm, maybe I'll have them do some DB9 to 3.5mm stereo adapters to do GPS 
hookups on the DR-135T...


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