Introduction: PicAxe Serial Download Cable (homemade From Scrap)

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I decide to make my PicAxe Serial Download  (Programming) Cable as i had all the needed parts.

It is very cheap to buy that cable but if you already have the scrap parts needed..

Step 1: Parts & Tools Needed...

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1 x Female Din9 serial connector (DB9)
1 x Audio stereo jack (I take out one of my old pc front panel..)
1 x Audio stereo cable Male to Male

Soldering Iron
Solder Wire
Hot Glue Gun (optional. I use instant Glue)

Step 2: Prepare Components

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Open the DB9 and solder small wires to pin2, pin3 & pin5 just like in the photo..

Identify the pins of the jack with a multimeter..

Step 3: Time to Solder Them Toggether & Measure It..

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1 photo 1.000.000 words..

Use Continue Tester to check for bad soldering or short out..

Remember: Shaft = Orange(Rxd), Ring = Red(Txd), Tip = Brown(GND)

Step 4: Glue It!!

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Step 5: Finished Cable..

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Finished Cable ready to program PicAxe Microcontrollers...


Ploopy (author)2015-06-10


lieg (author)2015-03-17

Hi.Can you help me.please. what i must to do for connection between Picaxe and usb without DB9?

gaurav.srikar (author)2014-11-26

yes,.... i did tis cable but what abt the drivers to be installed...... tis cable is not detected in my PC... :(

thalass (author)2011-10-10

Would this work with a usb-serial converter?

ninjanody (author)2010-05-27

although it is an easy to build project i haven't find any guide here and i couldn't wait 3 days untill the shop bring it so i build one..

i build it that way so i can easilly change the audio cable with a bigger one if i need..

AndyGadget (author)2010-05-25

A neat little unit.  Of course, make sure you have a serial port available on your PC before building - A lot of laptops don't nowadays.
(If not, you could always use a USB to serial converter.)

Bongmaster (author)2010-05-25

thats not too far off wat i did XD
tho i havent attached a connector to the pic end of the wires yet :P been breadboarding it..

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