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Tk690 which programming cable to use?

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I have recently acquired a Tk690H and I'm attempting to figure out what programming cable configuration is the right one. Does the windows based kpg44d work only with USB programming cables or can it work with a serial cable as well ? I have come across conflicting information that would suggest the serial cable only works dos based kpg44d . What have you found to be the best match for programming these rigs ? I've also heard tell of programming via the rear connector as well . Thanks
 
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Gents,

I have recently acquired a Tk690H and I'm attempting to figure out what programming cable configuration is the right one. Does the windows based kpg44d work only with USB programming cables or can it work with a serial cable as well ? I have come across conflicting information that would suggest the serial cable only works dos based kpg44d . What have you found to be the best match for programming these rigs ? I've also heard tell of programming via the rear connector as well . Thanks


A USB cable should work fine with Windows based KPG software. All my Kenwood LMR Programming cables are USB.
 
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A USB cable should work fine with Windows based KPG software. All my Kenwood LMR Programming cables are USB.

At one time I did use a serial cable for RJ-45 equipped mobile radios(I had a TK760) with a RS232<->USB adaptor. It worked fine.

Gents,

I have recently acquired a Tk690H and I'm attempting to figure out what programming cable configuration is the right one. Does the windows based kpg44d work only with USB programming cables or can it work with a serial cable as well ? I have come across conflicting information that would suggest the serial cable only works dos based kpg44d . What have you found to be the best match for programming these rigs ? I've also heard tell of programming via the rear connector as well . Thanks

If all you have is serial cables, they will work fine with KPG-44d, even with a serial<-> USB adaptor.

That being said, good USB cables are cheap, I have 3 for my Kenwood radios. The hamster style 2 pin, the multi pin side connector(TK-280/TK2180/NX200 ect) and a RJ-45 for my LMR mobiles(TK760hg/TK8180/NX700 ect) all have been used in both 32bit and 64bit operating systems, from Vista to Windows 7pro.

All my USB cables were in the US$20-ish range plus shipping.

If you have a hardware serial port, great, use serial cables, if all you have is USB ports, grab USB cables, they just work with Kenwoods software(ASSuming you install the drivers properly. FWIW, all my cables use the same USB->serial chips, FTDI IIRC.
 
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I have had very good luck spinning up a Windows XP virtual machine and host device mapping a serial adapter or physical port to the VM, I would get one that has an integrated serial adapter
 
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