A serial cable provides quick and easy programming of memory channels, memory names and set mode contents via a PC.
NOTE: All interfaces are constructed at your own risk. I will not be held responsible for any damage to scanners and/or computers caused by the use of these interfaces
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MAX233 Serial Cable Schematic
This is a very simple serial interface for the Icom R2 utilising the MAX233 IC. The MAX233 is a simple TTL/CMOS to RS232 level converter in a DIP package. Pin numbers in brackets are for 25 pin RS232.
Note: Ari Xirocostas found that this circuit didn’t work at all for him but he sent me a modified version which did. Ari’s version has a modified power supply to the MAX233 IC, another option would be to do away with the connection to pin 14 and instead connect an external PSU to pin 7 to provide the +5V for the IC. This may well be a better option as some serial ports may not be able to reliably power this circuit.
This schematic is for the original Icom OPC-478 cable, for use with the ICOM R2, R3 and the R-10.
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The IN/OUT connection attaches to the RING of a 3 conductor 3.5mm jack plug. The ground connection attaches to the sleeeve of the 3.5mm jack plug.
|R2||33 K ohms|
|R3||47 K ohms|
|R4||33 K ohms|
|R5||15 K ohms|
|R6||4.7 K ohms|
|C1||1uf 16 v|
|C2||0.47 uf 16 v|
|D1||5.1 volt Zener 1/2 watt|