[aprssig] D710 cable

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Feb 24 18:35:25 EST 2016

On 2/24/2016 2:32 PM, Kevin Deckert via aprssig wrote:
> Is there a usb programming cable available for the D710  so I dont have to use
> a usb to serial adaptor?

A "USB programming cable" is just a serial-to-USB adapter under a different 
name. You still have to screw around with buggy drivers (usually identical to 
the ones for a generic serial<-->USB dongle) to create a virtual serial port on 
the PC, since the Kenwood memory management program thinks exclusively in terms 
of serial COM ports.

About the only advantage of the "programming cable is that you have a single 
cable assembly with the Kenwood-style 8-pin mini-DIN on one end,  instead of 
two cables (Kendin-8-to DB9-Female and then DB9-Male-to-USB) back-to-back.

What ever kind of programming cable you get, make absolutely sure it is NOT NOT 
NOT based on the Prolific 2303 serial<-->USB chip.   The driver issues with 
this chip are absolutely endless.

See the whole horrible story on my website at:



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