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Icom IC-F221 / 121S programming cable ques

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I bought a programming cable of of Ebay that the store front claimed woud work with my F221.
When I received it , the cable had a RS232 connector to hook into the computer,
I programmed my F221 about two months ago with a friends programming cable that was borrowed at the time, and the borrowed cable had the regular parallel port (DB 25) style to hook to the computer and it did a fine job programming the F221.
Do I need to return this Ebay bought cable with the RS 232 connector? or do I need to get some software that will switch selection of my outgoing ports.
Does anybody have a reputable place to buy a programming cable for my F221 cause I believe I been taken for a ride on this RS 232 connector cable.
I am also looking for a second F221 .
 

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I bought a programming cable of of Ebay that the store front claimed woud work with my F221.
When I received it , the cable had a RS232 connector to hook into the computer,
I programmed my F221 about two months ago with a friends programming cable that was borrowed at the time, and the borrowed cable had the regular parallel port (DB 25) style to hook to the computer and it did a fine job programming the F221.
Do I need to return this Ebay bought cable with the RS 232 connector? or do I need to get some software that will switch selection of my outgoing ports.
Does anybody have a reputable place to buy a programming cable for my F221 cause I believe I been taken for a ride on this RS 232 connector cable.
I am also looking for a second F221 .
25 pin is a serial cable, it would need a 25 pin to 9 pin adapter to be used on most computers. Also if your software is DOS based then you have to use a real serial port, COM1 COM2 etc, as the USB to serial adapters usually doesn't work with that software. The cable that I have for that radio is a DB9 serial to a headphone jack then is adapted to a RJ45 plug for the radio. My software is DOS based but it works good.
 

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Thankyou for making that distinction that the 25 pin is a serial port and not a parrallel port.
It is nice to be able to explain my mismatch cable with the correct terminology.
After reading your information , It sounds as though I need a 25 pin to 9 pin adapter
in essence a DB25 to RS232 adapter to get this cable in the ballpark of com 1, com 2 etc.....
for data communications in the DOS operating enviroment.
With your headphone jack style cable , how are you able to communicate using the 9 pin port on your computer
with the DOS operating system ?
 

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Thankyou for making that distinction that the 25 pin is a serial port and not a parrallel port.
It is nice to be able to explain my mismatch cable with the correct terminology.
After reading your information , It sounds as though I need a 25 pin to 9 pin adapter
in essence a DB25 to RS232 adapter to get this cable in the ballpark of com 1, com 2 etc.....
for data communications in the DOS operating enviroment.
With your headphone jack style cable , how are you able to communicate using the 9 pin port on your computer
with the DOS operating system ?
The software I have is new enough to run in a window of windows XP. It runs in a non gui DOS style window though. Actually both 25 pin and 9 pin are RS232 the 9 pin is called DB9. They should still have the adapter at "the shack" if you can find a store that has more than cell phones.
 
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