396XT data connector assembly

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natedawg1604

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Hi there,

Recently I've been having problems with my 396XT's data connector on the scanner side. Basically the data connection doesn't work reliably unless I hold the cable/connector in a certain position. (I've tried multiple Uniden-serial connectors, and I use a FTDI USB/Serial adapter with LED's for each pin, so I can easily tell when the serial connection is active. As such, the problem is definitely on the scanner side)

I opened the scanner and it appears the data connector assembly somehow came a bit "loose". In order to access the connector it appears I need to un-solder a small metal cover. Does anyone have any tips on fixing this yourself?

-Nate
 

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There is a metal shield needs to be removed to access the connector and connector terminals.

Check the connector for broken plastic and/or broken/cold solder joints.

I had to replace the same connector on my HP-1 scanner.
 

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Hi there,

Recently I've been having problems with my 396XT's data connector on the scanner side. Basically the data connection doesn't work reliably unless I hold the cable/connector in a certain position. (I've tried multiple Uniden-serial connectors, and I use a FTDI USB/Serial adapter with LED's for each pin, so I can easily tell when the serial connection is active. As such, the problem is definitely on the scanner side)

I opened the scanner and it appears the data connector assembly somehow came a bit "loose". In order to access the connector it appears I need to un-solder a small metal cover. Does anyone have any tips on fixing this yourself?

-Nate
If you find that you need to replace the connector, here is some info that might help......

Note that the connector is not the same as the mini-USB connector on the Home Patrol. It is:

Hirose part # MQ172X-4SA-CV(50)

Check these links for the proper connector:

Uniden BCD396XT non-standard “USB” cable and a source of connectors. | Daniel Reetz

http://forums.radioreference.com/at...uniden-gps-connector-info-e20609504-25468.pdf

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Okay, so the connector came totally loose. It appears it's "secured" mainly from the sides, apparently with solder. I'm going to order a new one, but I'm thinking I might be able to use the old one for now. Can I simply solder the two metal sides back in place?
 
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