Two small, identically configured SwapMyRigs (SMRs), one at the transceiver and one at a remote location, are connected by a standard, off-the-shelf 15-conductor VGA cable.
The SMR at the transceiver maps the radio’s connections to the 15 conductors and shield or drain of a VGA cable.
At the remote location, the SMR maps the VGA conductors back to the transceiver’s connections and reproduces the radio’s control, microphone, and speaker jacks.
When shipped, the SMRs are initially configured for your radio, offering plug and play operation. When you change radios, just reconfigure the jumpers to the new radio using the information in our Support section.
Without SMRs, proprietary cables are used to extend and match the radio’s connections to the remote microphone, control head, and speaker. (Figure 1.) Manufacturers have unique pin-outs for connecting remotable components to transceivers; most are inconsistent even within their own product lines. Transceivers can have as few as 4 and as many as 8 conductors for mics and control heads. When you swap rigs, you usually run the manufacturer’s new cables.
With SMRs linked by a high quality VGA cable, any RJ-connected transceiver—current or replacement—attaches to its remote control head, microphone, and speaker. (Figure 2.) Jumpers in the SMRs are changed for different radios, but never the cable. The SMRs are small and portable. They can be moved from car to car and eliminate unsightly multi-cable clutter. They are built for strength and long life—no point-to-point wiring, all connections are soldered, and precision machine screws secure all components. The case is 0.032″ black powder-coated galvanized steel.