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RIB cables - OEM or ?

intuity

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I scored a BNIB RLN4008E on eBay fo $30, unopened box. Until now, I've kept my MaraTracs, MaxTracs, and Spectras happy with a sturdy hand-me-down RIB interface board without a chassis, so it's kind of a new thing for me to have The Real Thing(TM) instead of having to DIY it all.

Anyway, looking at my collection of rag-tag, red-headed, left-handed step-children that occasionally have served me somewhat decently over the years (and only bricked 3 MaxTrac 300's and a MT2000) I realized I should probably find the actual PC-to-RIB cable, instead of the way I have it now, which is via a length of shielded cable with the relevant pins soldered directly to the 25-pin serial port connector on the motherboard of my programming machine. For those who may be interested to know how deep this rabbit hole goes, I secured to the board to the computer's case with a puddle of silicone adhesive and it's worked that way ever since.

Should I, if they aren't NLA, buy new cable assemblies from MOL, or from the guy on eBay who makes them using Amphenol connectors? I would normally just replace the board I have now with the new OEM one but I did this years ago and was not very good at soldering yet... Sort of why the cable is soldered to the motherboard's contacts directly ... But that walk down memory lane is for another day.

If the cables aren't NLA from Mother M, do I just look on MOL for them by the number, or call them, or just keep searching eBay?
 

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If you are just programming (and not tuning/aligning) there is no need to pay for the OEM RIB to radio cables. Good quality ones (like the ones your referencing made with Amphenol connectors) are fine, and since you have the "real deal" RIB, provided you've got a good PC/OS setup, you're in business to support legacy radios for a long time.
Now if you want to get into tuning/alignment, you'll need the real deal cables along with an RLN4460x, service monitor, etc.
 

intuity

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by mentioning that the interface I've been using is potted to the case of the programming computer in silicone and its interface cable is soldered to the motherboard, it should have been implied that neither tuning, nor alignment are concerns of mine :LOL:

I had a service monitor for the longest time, it was one of the older older ones built for Motorola. Was a nice conversation piece when people saw it and noted they were unaware Motorola made space heaters :D
 

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Should I, if they aren't NLA, buy new cable assemblies from MOL, or from the guy on eBay who makes them using Amphenol connectors?
If you're speaking of MRE, those cables and the others they offer are rock solid and as good as anything OEM you could find.
 

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Well, I need to find an OEM RIB board to read/write my MDX.
Schematics in hand, sure, I could build one, but a lot of work there.
Boards I found start about $150. (genuine Harris)
If you can find genuine OEM, go for it. I would just stay away from the cheap Chinese knock-offs.
73s
 
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