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    Hello,
    My cable was a ribless serial cable and I was wondering if I can solder on a DB25 connector and use in on my RIB? If so, does anyone know the pinout?

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    Nope. The astro25 series doesn't use a RIB at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n0vzc View Post
    My cable was a ribless serial cable...
    "Was" a ribless cable? What is it now?

    Quote Originally Posted by n0vzc View Post
    I was wondering if I can solder on a DB25 connector
    Sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by n0vzc View Post
    ...and use in on my RIB?
    It will work great as a lanyard but not as a programming cable.

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    The cable broke, I still have the db9 part of the cable but the wires got pulled off of it. I have to idea what wire goes on what pin of the circuit board that it was connected too.


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    What's your time worth? I mean, a new one is $30 or so.

    A quick search yielded this:

    http://home.comcast.net/~tr1car1/AST...rog_Cables.pdf

    Can't vouch for its accuracy, but it does show the pinouts for the DB-9 connector.

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    I just bought one from mol and it was 70 shipped.

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    With that pricy radio I too bought my programming cables from MOL. Why risk bricking your radio with a $20 cable?.

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    Ironically the spectra plus cable was more. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjhamilton View Post
    I just bought one from mol and it was 70 shipped.

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    What cable did you get for $70? XTS2500/5000 cables run about $250.

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    An xtl cable

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    Ah ha. That's what threw me off. The OP was talking about an XTS cable, and when you mentioned that you bought a cable on MOL for $70 I thought that I missed out on the deal of the century.

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    I guess I should have read the title before posting. Doh!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjhamilton View Post
    I guess I should have read the title before posting. Doh!!!

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    Lol sorry to get your hopes up.

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    I own three XTS5000s, and 4 XTS2500s. They all have rather hefty options. Half of them came new from the factory. I bought two factory cables. One serial, one USB. How much does a cable cost versus a bricked radio again?

    I am always amazed at people (yes I KNOW that not everyone has lots of money) that will spend even $600 for a used multi-kilobuck radio, and then consider hacking together a programming cable, the ONE thing that can instantly, irreversibly, destroy the radio. Fortunately, as USB becomes more prevalent, cables will come down in price (and driver issues will continue to skyrocket!!) and that isn't a bad thing..... but, PLEASE, consider buying either good quality, PROVEN vendor after-market, or OEM cables.