[aprssig] Need A GOOD USB<--> Serial Dongle? - Great Deal

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 16 12:08:01 CDT 2014

FYI:  I have a couple of Sabrent CB-FT1K converters, FTDI chip, no problems on Vista.  I didn't even need to install any drivers.
 Several years old and not expensive (as I recall)
73, Steve, K9DCI  
Don't know why my SIG messages wind up in my Spam folder and delayed...
 From: Mike George <mgeorge at tuffmail.us>
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org> 
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 3:55 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Need A GOOD USB<--> Serial Dongle? - Great Deal

I agree with Bob's positive comment for real Prolific adapters.

I have been using 2 Pluggable brand adapters:


for a few years now with Linux, XP, and Windows 7 machines and have 
never had a problem
with them.  I also have some older cables that I forgot the brand of ( I
believe one was Belkin) that I have never had problems with and they
still work with the latest drivers.

Mike George

On 8/14/2014 14:22, Bob Poortinga wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:
>> This is the good stuff - this cable is based on the highly-desired FTDI
>> chip, not the problematic Prolific chip that so many cheap dongles use.
> Just to clarify Stephen's comment, dongles which use genuine Prolific
> chips usually work well and have few problems. The real issue is the
> number of devices (usually manufactured in China) which use
> reverse-engineered, counterfeit Prolific chips and are unreliable.
> Recent updates to the Prolific drivers cause devices with counterfeit
> chips to stop working and many people do not understand what is going
> on when an update "bricks" their USB-serial device.
> 73 de
> --
> Bob Poortinga  NG9M
> Bloomington, IN  US
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