[vcf-midatlantic] MMJ cables for cheap

David Hoelzer dhoelzer at enclaveforensics.com
Sat Apr 23 18:28:54 EDT 2016

Well, I wasn’t planning on buying a non-MMJ… At $3.92 it was a fantastic buy for a 7’ MMJ cable… When it arrived it wasn’t MMJ, however.. :)  Still, for the price, I thought it worth mentioning since the tinkering is less than 5 minutes to get it to work well.  Maybe I’m just cheap, but this saves me something like $10-$15 over CableDepot after shipping (amazon prime…)

> On Apr 23, 2016, at 3:46 PM, Brian Schenkenberger via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> David Hoelzer via vcf-midatlantic writes:
>> If you are in need of DEC MMJ cables, I have some good news and bad =
>> news.  First, the good news:
>> =
>> http://www.amazon.com/Flat-Modular-Cable-RJ12-6x6MMJ/dp/B000AA2SL4?ie=3DUT=
>> F8&psc=3D1&redirect=3Dtrue&ref_=3Doh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00 =
>> <http://www.amazon.com/Flat-Modular-Cable-RJ12-6x6MMJ/dp/B000AA2SL4?ie=3DU=
>> TF8&psc=3D1&redirect=3Dtrue&ref_=3Doh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00>
>> The picture is definitely an offset key (MMJ) six strand cable, 7 feet =
>> long, for only $3.92.
>> The bad news=E2=80=A6 It=E2=80=99s not actually an MMJ, it=E2=80=99s =
>> just a regular MJ (Modular Jack).  Even so, there=E2=80=99s still good =
>> news.  With some strategic dremeling it is completely possible to trim =
>> one side of the MJ down so that it will fit quite well into a DEC MMJ =
>> socket. :)
> Why?  MMJ plugs are still available even if complete cables might be a rare
> find.  Make your own by crimping an MMJ plug on a piece of flat 6-conductor
> cable.  Flip the cable over and crimp on the other end.  Done!
> If you have to buy them:  http://www.cabledepot.com/05MCPhoneMMJ.html
> Me?  I just open up one of many boxes of them and put one out, even though
> I have ample MMJ plugs and crimper tools to make them.  I only manufacture
> my own if/when I want a cable of a specific length to avoid having to take
> up the excess with zip-tied loops.

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