Icom to Kenwood conversion

Here is an idea until the Kenwood RJ45 cable is in production. I ordered the Icom RJ45 cable for my Icom 706 in the shack. (I don’t care to get involved with rig control just yet, so I just use the mic jack on the front which by the way doesn’t behave exactly like the mic jack on the back for digitial work.)
My main goal however was to use the DigiRig in my truck for mobile ops. The truck has the Kenwood TM 271A. So here is the stuff in the pic going basically counter-clockwise:
DigiRig USB isolator, USB cable to DigiRig unit, Icom RJ45 cable from DigiRig and then…
RJ45 coupler
Homemade patch cord that crosses the wires to convert the Icom to the Kenwood
RJ45 splitter so I can keep the Kenwood microphone plugged in
Also attached are my notes from endless hours of trying to figure out diagrams of pinouts where I couldn’t tell if I was looking at a socket or a connector, from the back or the front, etc. Use at your own risk :slight_smile: No shielding on my stuff so not as good as “factory”, but I’m on the air!
I have made packet contacts and checked my Winlink mail on packet and VARA FM from the truck now with my mini laptop. Fun stuff.


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