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ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

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ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

Postby k4tdo » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:43 pm

I have several VHF ASTRO Spectra High Power Radios I want to press into service.
I have a few W3 heads but only 1 "Y cable".
Has anyone tried to make a cable from a different type of 25 pair cable? i.e a W7 Cable... snicker.
I know I can plug the mic directly into the radio but have no way to get speaker audio or Ignition sense.

Suggestions?

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Re: ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

Postby spectragod » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:17 am

I think I have a spare
W3 head and cable if that would help
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Re: ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

Postby Solo » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:59 am

You're not thinking cheap enough.

How about picking up some D-25 serial cables (I see them for 25 cents each at thrift shops and hamfests) then making the necessary changes?

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Re: ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

Postby k4tdo » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:08 pm

I sent you a PM.
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Re: ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

Postby k4tdo » Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:59 am

I was thinking OLD Printer cable too.
Just wondering if anyone had already done it and is there any signal interference problems.
I got a box full of old printer cables.
Thanks Tim

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Re: ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

Postby uman18 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:08 pm

Someone had made a hack where you can plug the HHCH into the radio and on the 2nd port (middle of radio through the handle) you run ign power/jumper and speaker.

I had emailed they user but kept getting emails rejected.
see post: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=101488

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Re: ASTRO Spectra W3 Control Cabeling

Postby uman18 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:17 pm

oh and you can use old printer cables, just make sure they are shielded. I have used them to extend the HHCH on mid-power w3's


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