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1150 Radio + Packet Pack
3q profile with console
  Full inside view.jpg - 1)    Aircable Serial 3X    bluetooth adapter.  It's programmed with over 1,000 lines of BASIC code, which allowed me to configure it as a "Master" bluetooth device (like a computer) rather than a "Slave" device, such as a GPS or printer.  This way, the Serial 3X sniffs the air for any bluetooth-enabled computers that match the name filter I told it to look for.  When it finds one, it will prompt the PC about the incoming serial connection, ask for the PIN code, then pass all traffic between the computer and KPC3 just as if they were connected with a regular serial cable. The addition of    GpsGate    on the PC helps to keep the bluetooth connection "locked in", and lets you redirect the incoming COM port to many different places -- such as to additional COM ports.  This is a very nice feature if you want to use WinPack or another terminal program that doesn't work above COM4, or run multiple ones simultaneously.  You can also share the COM port with other people...  Click the link to see what else this program can do.  When I want to interface the KPC3 with the bluetooth GPS, I simply disconnect the PC's bluetooth link to the KPC3 and turn on the GPS.  They connect to each other within several seconds without any intervention because I programmed the Serial 3X to automatically use a second, basic PIN code that only works with my GPS's unique hardware address. 2)    Metal D-sub hood kit    (cut short), with a straight-through 5-pin serial cable to a    right-angle serial adapter    connected to the KPC3.  See "KPC3, etc. close up" and "Modified KPC3 to Kenwood adapter", below. 3)    Bulgin PX0833    CAT5e shielded coupler (mic jack).  4)    GlobalSat BT-359W    bluetooth GPS.  This little guy has a -159dB receive sensitivity and can get a lock on 3+ satellites even with no view of the sky.  No kidding.  5)    Orion OD8015-12HB    80x80x15mm fan. 6)    Philips Transcast    FM transmitter.  I've tried several bigger models, but all fell short compared to this one.  The Philips has no problems transmitting clear audio to my truck's radio through the case. 7)    Kenwood TM-D710A    mobile amateur radio.  8) KPC3 to D710A cable.  See the right-angle serial adapter, below.  9) I-XT dual USB charger.  I removed the male cigarette lighter tip and replaced it with    Anderson PowerPoles   .  I paralleled the fused input power cable from the customized    Red-Dee-2 PS-4    PowerPole splitter (#11) with the fan cord (yellow shrink tube next to #6) to save the space a Y-cable would require.  Sorry, I don't have a link.  I think I got it at Knechts. 10) Male-to-male UHF (PL259) adapter coupled with female-to-female UHF (SO239) adapter through a    Bulgin PX0802    panel mount connector.  Both UHF adapters can be found at Norvac,    Fry's Electronics   ,    Ham Radio Outlet   ,    Universal Radio   , and many other places. 11) My version of the    Red-Dee-2 PS-4    PowerPole splitter (see pictures and link, below). 12)    Bulgin PX0802    panel mount connector (PowerPole jack).  13)    Bulgin PX0833    CAT5e shielded coupler (console jack).  If you look close, you can see the RJ45 jack coming out of it.  It's actually two jacks crimped end-to-end with a rubber ring between them.  This snaps right into the D710A's console port...  
Lid close up
KPC3, etc. close up
Modified PS-4 #1
Modified PS-4 #2
Modified KPC3 to Kenwood adapter

Full inside view
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