Homemade OPC581 remote cable

Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by W1RDS, Mar 9, 2015.

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  1. N5WPG

    N5WPG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello all,

    I would also like to remotely mount my IC-706MKIIG. I tried to "temporarily" set the radio on my dash with less-than-optimum results. Separation cables, when available on eBay, are now running $150+. Crazy! Well, if I break down and buy one, I will et back with you all on this and maybe we can share the costs and clone the connectors.
  2. N5WPG

    N5WPG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello All,

    I too, am in the market for a separation cable for my 706.
    I found a link to be interesting reading on this subject although it might not help us too much in a successful replacement to those expensive, price gouging eBay sellers with OPC-581 separation cables going for upwards of $150.00 each!

    I hope this helps a little if only to keep us from spending a lot of time and money with mistakes in the DIY of this cable.
  3. N5WPG

    N5WPG Ham Member QRZ Page

    A photo of the connector we need to to make our own remote cable.
  4. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Proprietary connectors, by various manufacturers, can be a real nightmare.
    Icom has a tendancy to take this approach (IC-207 FM transceiver) and then offer no options fir radio owners. I avoid (do not buy) radios with proprietary connectors and siftware/programming schemes.

    Larry Berg (sk, 2012) in Murphy, Oregon created pFranc connectors (1996) for the Garmin GPS receivers. The project was successful (62 countries) with many Garmin owners using his pPlug and ePlug connectors. Rob Smeets, in the Netherlands, was one of this European distributors/consultants.
    He discussed expanding to other connector types, but passed three years ago.
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    It is a matter of passion, will, time, and skill (or money to contract the skill, if not available).
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2016
  5. ZONIE

    ZONIE QRZ Member

    Hi folks. I'm new here, first post. Studying for my License. I, too was thinking there has to be an aftermarket solution but there is not. I got my 706 from a buddy who was just too lazy to remove the cable (that I Installed) from his Tahoe when he traded it in. If we only knew. If he just cut the darn ends off...

    If someone were to make a 3d Printed connector body, I'd be interested. Not really wanting to hack this virgin radio, but the RJ45 option is doable.
  6. W7SJP

    W7SJP Ham Member QRZ Page

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  7. VE1DAY

    VE1DAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I briefly looked into this a couple of years ago but from memory I couldn't find anything with the right pin pitch. I know that I could just buy the bare pins but at the time I ran into a roadblock finding standard pins that have a small enough diameter for the pin to pin separation.

    Has anyone made any progress with fabricating a cable/adapter?
  8. ON3NAD

    ON3NAD QRZ Member QRZ Page

    any more news in this? recently aquired the ic706 mk2G and would be handy to have a seperation cable for it.
  9. KE8CPD

    KE8CPD XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I am currently working on a clone of the cable, looking promising. Designed one side of the plug so far, 3D printed it and fit pretty good into the head. Just waiting on pins and i will get one wired up. If all goes well might have some at hamvention
  10. N1JPA

    N1JPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hav you made any progress on this? I just picked up a 706 MKIIG and want a seperation cable but don't want to spend $150 for one.

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