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Kenwood TK-380 Programming cable

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I am looking for the programming cable for the Kenwood TK-380 radios

Where can I buy this online, cheap?
 

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They are about $50 dealer price, never really seen any aftermarket ones.
 

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Got a USB cable off Ebay and works fine. I think it was around $25. I have Serial cable, but would write to the radios, but not read them now that computers don't have Serial ports. The Serial cable didn't play nice with the USB adapter. Just search for a KPG-36 on Ebay and this will get you the correct cable.

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Got mine on ebay, kawamall or something close. he's real good to work with and quick to ship
 

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Code3cowboy maybe for your application the serial works well, but for me the best one is the USB KPG-36 cable. Not going to retype my reasons, since all can read in above post. I don't have have any problems programming my two TK-290 or one TK-280 with this cable. I don't feel the serial cables are bad, but just have to find a USB to serial converter cable that works well with it. Wasn't able to do that here, so starting using the USB cable with no regrets. One the record I also use a USB programming cable on my TK-780.
 

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some times the USB cables wont work because of the software being DOS based. I think that is the point he is trying to make. i have both usb and serial cables and have had problems across all makes and models of radios with that
 

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Code3cowboy maybe for your application the serial works well, but for me the best one is the USB KPG-36 cable. Not going to retype my reasons, since all can read in above post. I don't have have any problems programming my two TK-290 or one TK-280 with this cable. I don't feel the serial cables are bad, but just have to find a USB to serial converter cable that works well with it. Wasn't able to do that here, so starting using the USB cable with no regrets. One the record I also use a USB programming cable on my TK-780.

Congratulations! I plug my cables into the serial port on any of my computers as the usb-serial does not work for many radios, and absolutely does not work for Motorolas. Statistically speaking it would appear as though I am more likely to experience the problems than you, but it is easier to recommend serial cables as he may be working with a desktop, or may have a serial port on his laptop, or may run into the usb-radio issues many people experience.
 

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I bought the radios and they work great. I bought a USB cable, but I should have gotten the serial cable as the software is DOS based. The cable did not come with any drivers, so searching for them was a pain. Once I got the correct driver, I was able to convert the USB to COM 2. Now the radios read/write perfectly in Win XP.
 

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Also, just FYI, every USB programming cable I have used so far uses the FTDI USB to Serial converter driver or the Prolific USB to Serial converter drivers.
Yep, that's the one. After sifting through numerous sites that only wanted me to download junk to find that driver, I was finally able to locate one. The cable works great.
 
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