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 works!

December 26, 2016

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


Great cable, quick ship

December 21, 2016

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


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

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

November 29, 2016

Works just fine


The Programming cable you really need

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

October 16, 2016

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


FTDI cable works

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.

September 6, 2016

This cable work perfectly. I highly recommend it.


Usb dp880

August 1, 2016

Quick ship will buy from again


Cable works great

July 11, 2016

A bit pricey


Good quality

May 30, 2016

Arrived promptly, works fine.


Worked first time.

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

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


Tremendous customer support!

April 4, 2016

Tremendous customer support!


Works as expected

March 14, 2016

Cable worked perfectly.


Excellent Programming cable for the BF-F8HP radio

January 25, 2016

Excellent product and support. This cable worked for Baofeng BF-F8HP and UV-5R when two others did not.


Super easy to use

December 31, 2015

Great product and easy to use. Cable has built in software drivers which work really well.


the cable u need

December 29, 2015

Best cable hands down! One cable to rule them all.