[chirp_users] Building a VX-8 cable

Robert Terzi rct at r-t.org
Thu Nov 3 13:51:45 PDT 2011


See this link for building a custom VX-8 cable:
http://users.tpg.com.au/vk4go1/vx8-2.htm

Note: you can buy just the connector with a cable on it for the VX-8
from RT Systems for $8.  You still need something to get 0-3.3V.

If you have multiple radios I would get one FTDI serial adapter
and wire different ends.  You could use the 6 pin FTDI cable.

See TTL-232R-3V3 or TTL-232R-5V depending on whether you need 3.3V or 5V.

http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBTTLSerial.htm
http://www.ftdichip.com/Support/Documents/DataSheets/Cables/DS_TTL-232R_CABLES.pdf

You can get that cable as well as some other good FTDI usb serial
breakout boards from some of the electronics DIY places like
Adafruit, Sparkfun, Seeedstudio, etc.

https://www.adafruit.com/products/70

Or

https://www.adafruit.com/products/284

Or

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9873

If you are doing other things with micro-controllers, wireless router hacking,
you will probably wind up with a few of these in your toolbox anyway as
many embedded devices have a 3.3V or 5V serial console buried in there
somewhere.





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