About BlueMax49ers

Beyond cables that work

I started BlueMax49ers out of frustration of not being able to buy a cable that works.

The marketplace for USB programming cables is full of cheap cables made with counterfeit chips that don’t work with the most popular versions of Windows. The cables do not come with any installation instructions or support from the seller. Buyers can’t find the correct programming software to complete the task of programming their radios. Most programming software has not been updated to support the latest operating systems, so finding a compatible computer to read and write the radio or scanner is another obstacle. Buyers need a total solution to their programming problems.

BlueMax49ers sources only the high-quality cables built with the highest-quality components to connect your computer to your device.  With a comprehensive technical understanding of radios and other devices, I knew that even minor irregularities can cause one cable to work and another to fail. So I built a process from the start that guaranteed a quality product 99.9% of the time. The next hurdle was to understand the challenges of software. Finding the right cable for your device and computer is challenging, adding software extends the complexity significantly. Our Software Advisor provides the name of the software for Computer-Aided Tuning (CAT), Radio Programming software, Scanner Programming software, and more. 

Today you can benefit from more than two-decades of gathering data, testing configurations, sourcing the best products to build BlueMax49ers. Give both the BlueMax49ers Product Explorer and the BlueMax49ers Software Advisor a try. 

The BlueMax49ers Solution

Sell cables that have been tested with real radios and scanners, made with genuine chipsets, quality PCBs, cables, and connectors. Provide device drivers, installation instructions, and troubleshooting information with every cable. Offer advice on what programming software and the operating system will be needed to accomplish the programming task. Finally, provide outstanding service and support.

Our secret is going beyond a working cable

Just as our motto states, the cable is just one of several items needed for your device to communicate with your computer for programming, tuning, or operation. At BlueMax49ers, we’ve built our company around excellence in the products we sell, our dedication to support, and sourcing software vendors that meet our rigorous standards.

We guarantee our products and we offer a full money-back guarantee if you’re dissatisfied with our products. Please read our terms and conditions as we wrote them with you in mind.


What you’re connecting is only a portion of the problem. Getting all the other factors correct is a much larger challenge.

— Mark Dunkle, President BlueMax49ers

Thousands of satisfied customers

Just plugged and played!!!

June 12, 2024

I bought a cable for my Yaesu FT-900 after purchasing a lower cost one online from elsewhere. The low cost one had the RX connected and the TX to ground. In short it didn’t work. I then decided to buy one from here on eBay and it arrived promptly and just plugged it in and it works great. Also found it was longer than the “imitation” one which is a welcome discovery rather than having the cables stretched or having to buy an extender cable.

To summarize, you get what you pay for, and I would definitely recommend this resource to my friends.

John A.

Cable for PR1500

February 28, 2024

Ordered a programming cable for a Motorola PR1500. I got it in the mail in a week. It work flawlessly! I will be ordering cables from here again. Best cable provider I have ever purchased from.

Blake Hengtgen

Great Products and service!

January 8, 2024

I just started managing some ameature repeaters and some volunteer radio systems and the products and services have been great!

Tim Spiker

Cable for Radius M1225

January 4, 2024

The cable showed up in a week (was Christmas weekend). It worked as expected. I will be ordering another cable very soon again. Thank You Mark


Motorola XTS Cable

October 12, 2023

Cable worked perfectly on Windows 11 via the USB port. Very satisfied, and the length of the cable was helpful. Will likely purchase additional cables in the future. This will be the first site I go to.

Robert C in NY


September 30, 2023

love it! fantastic cable works flawlessly quality unmatched and extremely helpful service love it Definity recommend. my new go to!

patrick mitchell

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Top quality product. Very fast shipping. Works great

July 1, 2023

Ordered the IF-232C usb control cable for an older Kenwood ts-690S. FTDI chipset worked from the first time it was installed.

Quality product. Well made.


Roger A Boehnlein

BlueMax49ers is GREAT!

April 19, 2023

I now own 3 programming cables and software from BlueMax and ALL work flawlessly!!!! My OS in Win 10 and I have had no need to download drives! These cables JUST WORK!!! I have 2 of the FTDI version and the are well worth the money!!! My first attempt at programming was an ICOM F-221 and went without a hitch!

Shawn Newberry

The BEST support you could ever ask for!

November 8, 2022

EVERY TIME I’ve run into issues Mark has had the answers! I have very many radios and also program radios for others. When I need support, he is the BEST support you could ever ask for! I’m so grateful for his knowledge and his willingness to help others. I recommend BLUEMAX49ERS to ALL of my friends. You won’t be disappointed!

Bobby Lee KD6KWV

BlueMax49ers is a pleasure to business with. His products are spot on. I have stopped buying cables from Amazon and Ebay and only buy direct from him and his brand.

September 30, 2022

Awesome company to deal with, he is very responsive and helpful.

Scott Read - KM6RFB

Cables, and software too, oh my!

July 5, 2022

These cables are high-quality products, and in addition to purchasing the hardware, you can also order the required programming software. One stop shopping, at an affordable price!


Amazing cable, fast shipping and great follow-up support

May 26, 2022

The cable shipped really fast and when I had an issue (on my end) I called and got really fast answers and support!!


Outstanding cable! Literally, the best LMR programming cable I have ever used.

January 6, 2022

I was expecting to have to wade through the sometimes-imperfect practice of having to install drivers, yell at my PC, set up endless options, etc. But none of that happened at all! This cable was literally plug and play, and I was programming radios as fast as I could get the programming covers off. The LED status indicators were a joyful confirmation that everything was correct. The age old PC meme of “Plug and play ( Usually just a sick joke) came through here. The small extra charge you pay for this true FTDI cable is more than worth the delays and incompatibility issues so common with cheapie CHICOM cables, that often must be used with older versions of Windows.

Allen R. Lord

Cables that just work and awesome support

December 7, 2021

Bluemax49er has such good radio cable coverage and fast shipping that I don’t even bother looking on the ‘Zon or the Bay.

I’m a very happy repeat customer of cables for my Kenwoods, Motorolas, Uniden and various eastern radios.


Best products around

July 9, 2021

I have ordered over 20 cables from here and have never had 1 problem. If you have a question, it’s always answered promptly. If you order elsewhere, your playing the lottery.

Bob Shepard

Quality Product, Excellent Service

June 18, 2021

Product works as it should unlike some other cables which have drivers that disappear with each Windows update.

Responsive helpful, and prompt when I called for help on which version I should use.



April 24, 2021

He is the best place to buy from.

Great help.

Great prices.

Always there to help out.


Very helpful

April 23, 2021

I bought one of mark’s cables, and it wasn’t working as we thought it should, so I reached out to him and he has been so very helpful with my situation. Some of the best customer service out there! I highly recommend this seller!

Andrew Goodson