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

Highly recommended!

April 13, 2021

I have bought numerous cables from Mr. Dunkle for the past couple years. He always has what I need, and they always work flawlessly. Also, his customer support is always great as well.

I am the EMA radio programmer for my County and his cables have been a life saver for me, I definitely recommend his services to anyone!

Corey Summers

Best Programming Cable I EVER Bought!

April 8, 2021

Worked like a champ on the first go. No issues whatsoever. Thanks for a quality product!

Andy Pagoota

Love Bluemax49ers Cables!!!!

April 4, 2021

I have several of Mark’s programming cables and they all work flawlessly! They are by far the best constructed programming cables on the market. But the best part of these cables is the great customer service provided by Mark!!!!

Bill - W4GTR

Great Product and Awesome Service!!!

March 27, 2021

I have purchased several of Marks cables. All of them are of the highest quality and work flawlessly!

The customer service is second to NONE! I always get prompt replies to my questions and he has one of the best websites on the internet…

I used to build my own cables, but never again! No more hunting for parts, schematics or software!

From now on, I will always buy my cables from BlueMax49ers.com!

Bill - W4GTR

A great service from the product to the support!!! A+++

March 13, 2021

I’m very happy with my cable for both my 868uv and 5888uv radios. shipping was very quick the cables are top notch not Chinese junk and the support is above and beyond anyone else on ebay. A FIRST CLASS OPERATION!!! My go to for programming cables hands down. thank you Mark

Rusty Bear ~kn6kxm


December 7, 2020

Happy with it


Best cable ever

November 24, 2020

Don’t waste your time and frustration with anything that come with a drivers disc. Get this one and all your troubles will be solved. Works great with CHIRP and factory software.


Good cable

November 12, 2020

Working, happy with purchase


A quality product, at a good price, which worked as expected.

November 2, 2020

This was a quality product, at a price which reflected it’s quality, and worked as expected.


Works well

October 5, 2020

Worked as intended


Top Knotch

August 24, 2020

Really love this cable. Excellent quality.


As advertised...

August 12, 2020

As advertised…


Works well.

August 3, 2020

It needs no drivers and works well.



June 30, 2020

Plugged up and worked with no problems!



June 30, 2020

Works as advertised on my radio.


Worked just fine!

June 28, 2020

Worked just fine!


Good value

June 9, 2020

Great programming device


Works where others didn’t

May 26, 2020

This cord resolved the problem I was having with the radio not being recognized while using a different manufacturers cord. Absolutely no problems with this one!


After several days of trying to make things work with a cable and driver set I ordered this FTDI lead Quick delivery from USA and it worked perfectly

May 25, 2020

After several days of trying to make things work with a cable and driver set I ordered this FTDI lead Quick delivery from USA and it worked perfectly


It works!

May 25, 2020

It works!