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

Good job

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2017

Good job


Worked First try! No driver issues! Worth every penny!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 1, 2017

Bought for use on a Mac with Chirp program.


Works Great

Rated 5 out of 5
January 30, 2017

Works like a charm. The cable that came with my th-7800 would not work. Just could not get the driver to work with that cable. This cable was simply plug and play for me. My radio is now programmed and I could not be happier.


The KJ6ZWL Programming Cable Does Exactly What It Says!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 23, 2017

I am running CHIRP on Linux Mint and this cable is fantastic! I initially had a problem having CHIRP recognize the USB port, but using the terminal in Linux and typing in a simple command, everything sailed along smoothly at that point and I was able to program 2 Baofeng UV5R’s in less than 10 minutes. I would highly recommend this cable to anyone using CHIRP programming software. Don’t leave the ham shack without it!



Rated 5 out of 5
January 17, 2017

Good quality and packaging. delivered as agreed. Worked perfect with ZERO driver issues on both PC and on Mac


Easy programming

Rated 5 out of 5
January 6, 2017

Arrived in good time considering the distance to be posted. Good supporting paperwork. Nice to have contact details included in case if issues.


The cable you NEED

Rated 5 out of 5
December 28, 2016

If you want to program your Baofeng, this cable will set you up for exactly that! Follow the instructions, including having the volume all the way up for transfers. Using CHIRP makes the programming easy and might require a bit of planning so you don’t have to download multiple times (it resets your radio to original settings- you’ll be hearing Chinese all over again). It sets up a database for the memory list that you can move around and save as needed. If you live in a large urban area, there will be bunches to choose from, so be ready for a LOT of testing. It will be worth it. Just buy this one; the cheap junk from overseas doesn’t work


Just works!

Rated 5 out of 5
December 26, 2016

This is the genuine article. Plug in to windows 7 and up and you’re programming. Perfect


Great cable, quick ship

Rated 5 out of 5
December 21, 2016

Great cable, worked great, shipped quick. Thanks !!


Worked right out of the box, unlike the stock cable. A+++

Rated 5 out of 5
December 20, 2016

Worked right out of the box, unlike the stock cable. Which did not work more than once. Works on Mac, Linux for me. I do not use Windows.


What I was looking for

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2016

Works just fine


The Programming cable you really need

Rated 5 out of 5
November 18, 2016

Best cable for CHIRP programming Baofeng radios. Windows 10 installs the driver automatically and one does not have to worry about virus software coming with the run of the mill cables for very little money. This cable is perfect all the way around and is worth every penny.


Programing Cable

Rated 5 out of 5
October 16, 2016

This is a great programing cable, Very high quality. I would highly recommend this cable.


FTDI cable works

Rated 5 out of 5
October 14, 2016

Windows 10 and this cable are a must. No driver issues. I plugged the cable into my MAC running OSX Sierra 10.12.3. It worked perfectly with no additional drivers required. I loaded the Chirp program and the runtime program required to use it with the MAC and was able to download and upload from the Baofeng UV-82 radio within minutes. If you run a MAC and don’t want any hassles, buy this cable.


This cable work perfectly. I highly recommend it.

Rated 5 out of 5
September 6, 2016

This cable work perfectly. I highly recommend it.


Usb dp880

Rated 5 out of 5
August 1, 2016

Quick ship will buy from again


Cable works great

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2016

A bit pricey


Good quality

Rated 5 out of 5
May 30, 2016

Arrived promptly, works fine.


Worked first time.

Rated 5 out of 5
April 24, 2016

This programming cable worked first time. It is way better than the cheap ones. Follow the instructions as it does take a while to install the driver, but once that is finished it will connect quickly and allow uploading and downloading without failure. The pick of the bunch.


Perfect cable

Rated 5 out of 5
April 18, 2016

I needed a replacement programming cable for my Anytone DMR radio. The works perfect. I’m grateful that there is a business like this run