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54-15422-01 Panel Cab Kit for KDF11-B

lsi11al

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I am looking for the cable as pictured that goes between the Cab Kit Panel and the KDF11-B. Would also like documentation on the cab kit, can't seem to find it or the designation of the cable. Thank you for any help.

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LSI11AL
 

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gslick

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Did you buy one of these on eBay and now you have the console panel but not the cable?

www.ebay.com/itm/DEC-DIGITAL-VINTAGE-54-15422-01-PANEL-/312613107570

www.ebay.com/itm/DEC-DIGITAL-VINTAGE-54-15422-01-PANEL-/312709614900

I should have bought one of those for my M8189 KDF11-B 11/23+

If I had one of those panels but not the cable I would just make my own cable. It's just a 20-conductor ribbon cable with a 20-pin IDC connector on one end and split in half to two 10-pin IDC connectors on the other end. I might have all or most of the parts on hand plus an IDC connector press.
 

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Yes, I did buy one of those off of ebay. Since I do not have cable, connectors or IDC connector press I was hoping to find a premade cable. Otherwise I would have to buy multiple connectors, cable and the press probably from different vendors and separate shipping charges. By the time I got through a single made up cable including shipping would hopefully come out to less!!
 

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I have a full 100 foot spool of 3M 3302/20 multicolor ribbon cable on hand. That's the expensive part, $93 at Mouser new if you bought it there, or $45 for the solid gray 3365/20 ribbon cable.

If I was going to make a single cable myself I might pay full price for new brand name 3M connectors. I'm not sure what connectors DEC used, they are a slightly different style.

3421-7600 20-pin IDC
3448-3020 20-pin IDC strain relief (optional)
3490-2 20-pin IDC pull tab (optional)
(2x) 3473-7600 10-pin IDC
(2x) 3448-3010 10-pin IDC strain relief (optional)
(2x) 3490-1 10-pin IDC pull tab (optional)

That's $14 for all of those parts at Mouser, plus $8 for shipping if I didn't order anything else at the same time to spread the shipping cost over more parts. If I could find an original DEC cable for the M8189 KDF11-B 11/23+ console panel somewhere it's likely it would cost more than $22 with shipping.

If you give up trying to find an original DEC cable I would be willing to consider building one for the cost of the new connector parts and shipping. I have a 3M Scotchflex 3640 press and locator plate for IDC connectors, which makes it easy to press the connectors onto the ribbon cable. Before I got that I destroyed a few connectors trying to press them onto ribbon cable without the proper tools.
 

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Thanks for the offer!! I will wait a week or so and see if anything turns up and if not I will be back in touch.

Cheers!
 
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