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Since the C128/Amiga500/600/1200/ square DIN cables are impossible to find...
Since the C128/Amiga500/600/1200/ square DIN cables are impossible to find, I'm wondering how important the metal shield part of the connector is. Can we just 3D print some durable plastic connector and seat the pins in them? Or do they offer some grounding/RF shielding we can't live without.
When they are made and sold

When they are made and sold the ground was an important part of passing FCC for emissions and interference. Properly designed there should be no current on the shield (brush a serial cable between the 1541 metal and a C64 and you will actually see small sparks) or at the least it shouldn't be important to operation.

Properly designed that is. So it's possible it may have an inadvertent effect and its more important on the video cable.

 

So the shortest answer is "Try it", a slighly longer answer is "Try it, it  should work"

Thanks Bill. Will make the
Thanks Bill. Will make the attempt and post the results.
Re: Since the C128/Amiga500/600/1200/ square DIN cables...

Ratteler wrote;

> Since the C128/Amiga500/600/1200/ square DIN cables are impossible to find...

Not impossible, because Ray Carlsen has a supplier for new C128 and Amiga 500/600/1200 connectors. Ray uses those new connectors for his new C128 and Amiga external power supplies. What is impossible to find new are the Plus/4 connectors. There is no supplier for them, and Ray has to custom-build each connector for his new Plus/4 power supplies.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -
http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

Thanks Bill. Will make the
Unless Ray is willing to sell just connectors, or share his supplier, then they are technically impossible for the rest of us to find. I even resorted to looking for 13.5mm square aluminum tubing for custom connectors with no luck. Bluntly, Ray want's more for a PSU than I paid for my Amiga and my 128's. Way more than a 250Watt PicoATX with a good Laptop 12V PSU. I probably have a dozen 12V PSU's laying around that could fill the bill, so we're talking $30 and some solder. It wouldn't make sense for Ray to undercut his monopoly by sharing product or sources. I could probably make a DIY sheet metal bending break and create my own metal sheaths for less one of his A500 PSU. I know that's probably just me, but I have WAY more time than money.
Re: Thanks Bill. Will make the

Ratteler wrote:

> Unless Ray is willing to sell just connectors, or share his supplier...

Why don't you send an e-mail to Ray and find out?

Then there would be no more speculation,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -
http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

http://www.electrostock.com

Well, at least one compagny is still making them...

http://www.electrostock.com/pdf/pdi_pdf/din_pdf/p288_ds215_205_215.pdf

No idea about the price, but you can contact them...

Email sent.
Email sent.
Well. 4 days and no reply to
Well. 4 days and no reply to my inquiry.
Finally got the gentleman at
Finally got the gentleman at Electrostock to call me back. All those items are discontinued and there is no alternative to them. I return to my previous assertion that these are IMPOSSIBLE to find.
Re: Finally got the gentleman at

I see you haven't contacted Ray Carlsen. Oh, well... your loss.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -
http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

I'll see if I can find his
I'll see if I can find his contact infor again.
Re: I'll see if I can find his

rcarlsen(at)tds.net

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -
http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

TY
TY
A few years ago, when I first
A few years ago, when I first started reaquiring 8 bit stuff, I was able to find someone selling the 128 DINs in a 5 pack... but since then haven't seen anyone selling them that I have been able to find. I know Carleson is still using them so I don't know if he's got a supplier or if he's just got a large stock of his own, or he built himself a JIG to make them himself.
Re: A few years ago, when I first

badco wrote:

> ...I don't know if he's got a supplier...

He has a supplier.

> ...or he built himself a JIG to make them himself.

He does build his own Plus/4 power connectors.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -
http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

Well if I have a supplier,
Well if I have a supplier, hopefully he will share it, because I haven't seen anyplace actually stocking them in years no. Glad to hear he's making the plus 4 connectors, if he's doing that, he's probably able to make the 128 ones as well if he needs to, as its just another pin.
Re: Well if I have a supplier...

badco wrote:

> ...hopefully he will share it...

Write to Ray.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
July 30-31 Commodore Vegas Expo v12 -
http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

Resurrecting the thread...
I've been building C64 power supplies for some time now, and from time to time folks ask me if I could do C128 or Amiga supplies. So maybe once a year I circle back around to this and see if someone has found a stash of these 5-pin DIN plugs, or even better, there's been enough interest to do a production run. This came up again this year at VCFMW, and a friend and I were talking about wanting to do some Amiga power supplies, but again, there's no sign of these plugs we so desperately need. I've contacted Beckwith Electronics, Electrostock, Ray Carlsen, AND the guy Ray was buying them from, and no luck. Anyone else have any news?
Resurrecting the thread...

Unless Ray is given a used one to put into his power supplies, he now has to hand-build the connectors. Takes about 30-45 minutes to build one.

Writing from Bensheim, Germany,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

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