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    hi i have a ts480 and i want to start sstv and so on but dont no what cables i need can some 1 help me plz

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    For the radio control(mode, frequency, PTT etc) you need a straight through 9 pin male to male serial lead, ingnore anything that says it's a "cross-over" or "null modem"

    For the audio interfacing, you need to use the 6 pin mini-din on the front of the radio(it's behind a detatchable panel top centre of the panel. This can then with audio signals from the wave out/line in of you soundcard. I would reccomend a G4ZLP interface(click the big G4ZLP logo at the top of the page). But there's nothing to stop you wiring your own, get the pinouts for the 6-pin mini din, two isolating tranformers, couple of 3.5mm stereo plugs and some wire and you should be cooking on gas.

    BTW, read the interfacing document here as well:http://www.ham-radio.ch/doc/Interfaces.pdf

    Ingore the CIV converter circuits, with a TS-480 you don't need them.

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    You can also use the LDG RCA-14 Breakout box with a stereo RCA Cable and two inexpensive RCA to mini-phone adapters from Radio Shack or any electronics store. It is a completely passive wiring interface. The TS-480 does not need any fancy wiring interface electronics and it is fully isolated.

    I posted about it in the Forums and you can read that post by clicking here: http://forums.ham-radio.ch/showthread.php?t=4614
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    Rob, does the TS-480 have inbuilt isolation tranformers(or other isolation circuitry), i haven't studied any circuit diagrams concerning the radio.

    Another thing is, the RCA-14 costs about £50 over here, a G4ZLP interface costs £33.

    Anybody reading this, pleas note though that the RCA-14 will give you easy phono(RCA) plug access to every pin available on the data and remote sockets. A G4ZLP or similar interface will just provicde audio linking to your PC.
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    Jon,

    Long ago, shortly after getting my first TS-480, it was clarified to me by KENWOOD representatives that the rig's DATA port (Mini-Din 6) is fully isolated.

    I just spoke with KENWOOD's National Sales Manager for Amateur Products who confirmed to me that the DATA port connections are fully isolated. He informed me that next week, he'll e-mail the designer of the rig and get back to me with more specific technical information.

    I'll post KENWOOD's response here when I hear back from KENWOOD.
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    Also, the rig's user manual page, on page 76, states:
    The COM connector allows you to directly connect a computer or dumb terminal by using a straight-wired cable, having a DB-9 female connector at each end.

    No external hardware interface is required between your computer and the transceiver
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    See the following thread for reply from KENWOOD and TS-480 DATA Port Schematic.

    http://forums.ham-radio.ch/showthread.php?t=10944
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