Re: TM-D700A Freezes

Larry J. Ford K4AEC

In my installation of the TM-D700A, I have applied some soft material to
protect the modular connectors where they plug into the body of the rig and to
hopefully provide some additional strain relief.

I doubt any of us want to pay the price for "MIL-SPEC" standard radios that
can survive a war zone, so we need to take some reasonable precautions with
our amateur-radio grade equipment.

I've also had an ICOM mobile 2 meter rig where the little clip on the RJ-45
mic connector plug broke, so Kenwood can be singled-out.


------ Original Message ------
Received: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:39:22 PM EDT
From: "Brian Beuershausen [TMD700A]"
To: TMD700A@...
Subject: Re: [TMD700A] TM-D700A Freezes

In my case, the fault was clearly in the installation (mine) by not
providing enough protection for the cable as it passed by a sharp edge.
There was certainly nothing defective or inadequate about the cable as
supplied. I think the resilient rubber outer layer that Kenwood selected
is about the best possible choice.

Modular RJ connectors are fine as long as there isn't continual stress or
flexing at the termination and the disconnected cables are handled
carefully. But you can say the same for nearly every other style. For
stuff that is plugged in and stays that way, there's nothing special you
need to do for an RJ connector that you don't also need to do for any other

On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM, 'LARRY J. FORD' lford@... [TMD700A] <
TMD700A@...> wrote:


Frankly, I consider the cables supplied with the D700A to be
compared to some other manufacturers products.

I guess at "some" additional expense Kenwood could enclose the control
etc., in conduit or make them out of some sort of heliax, but that might
them difficult to route!! ;-)

As licensed amateur radio operators, we have the option to make
to our equipment to overcome perceived short-comings.


------ Original Message ------
Received: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:26:15 AM EDT
From: "Jim K5JG k5jg@... [TMD700A]" <TMD700A@...>
To: TMD700A@...
Subject: Re: [TMD700A] TM-D700A Freezes

My TMD-700A is 15-1/2 years old and is now in it's 5th vehicle using
original separation cable. I've not had any problem with the modular
connectors on that cable or the one on the mic cable in all that time.

I worked for a ham radio dealer for over 11 years and, contrary to
popular belief, we almost never saw problems with modular connectors or
the "wimpy" separation cables. When we did, it was typically because
they had been abused or improperly installed.

73, Jim K5JG

'Jim Shorney' @NU0C [TMD700A] wrote:
I consider wimpy cables and modular "RJ" connectors marketed for the
environment to be a manufacturing defect.





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