strange cable

Jason Custer trekiejc at
Thu Oct 21 17:18:49 EDT 2004

It's probably the data cable for a parrot voice mate.

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Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:08 AM
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Subject: Re: strange cable

Hi Greg:

Okay, it probably can be used for any number of things, but, as a radio
amateur / scanner enthusiast, I have most often seen cables such as these in
connection (no pun intended) with software programs that allow you to
download frequency and configuration information. The Icom CI5 standard
comes to mind, though, having been away from the aforementioned hobbies now
for some time, I dare say that that standard has been superceded by
something technology being what it is.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but, to state the patently obvious, whatever
is on the "one eighths inch" end of the connection is a device which is
expecting to see serially-transmitted ASCII data at some voltage level or


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gregory Nowak" <greg at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 1:30 PM
Subject: strange cable

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> Hi all.
> I just found this strange cable here. One end is a standard 9-pin
> serial port connector, and the other end is what looks like a 1/8 inch
> standard headphone connector.
> Does anyone know what this is used for? I thought that it might be
> used to do backups onto a tape via a serial port maybe, but I didn't
> want to plug one end into a serial port, and the other end into a
> microphone jack of a tape player, and risk frying one or both
> devices. BTW, the serial port end does in fact plug into a serial port
> just fine, and the headphone end plugs into a headphone socket on a
> tape player, or any other device with a headphone jack just fine as
> well. Thanks.
> Greg
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