[aprssig] D710 cable

Randy Love rlove31 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 19:31:28 EST 2016

Any of the cable based on the FTDI chip are very reliable at the moment,
and they cost a little more, but are worth it.

That is until the cheap Chinese knockoffs start copying the FTDI chipset.
We can only hope they stay satisfied making the Prolific clones.


On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 6:35 PM, Stephen H. Smith via aprssig <
aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:

> 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:
> <http://WA8LMF.net/ham/USB-Serial-Dongles.htm>
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