5 Things to Consider When Choosing RF Connectors

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Are you looking to buy radio frequency (RF) connectors? As the name suggests, RF connectors are designed for RF transmission applications. They support multi-megahertz radio frequencies, such as those used for aviation communication systems.

While all RF connectors support RF transmission applications, they are available in different types. There are several things you should consider when choosing RF connectors.

#1) Size

You should consider the size when choosing RF connectors. Like many other connectors, RF connectors are available in different sizes. Some of them are classified as standard size, whereas others are classified as miniature or micro size. Before buying RF connectors, make sure they will fit the coaxial cable with which you intend to use them.

#2) Interface

RF connectors are available in different interfaces. SMA is a popular interface type for RF connectors. Originally developed in the 1960s, it features a screw mechanism. You can screw SMA-interface RF connectors into radio equipment. In addition to SMA, some RF connectors feature an SMB interface. SMB-interface RF connectors are smaller than their SMA counterparts. They involve the use of a jack that’s inserted into radio equipment.

#3) Material

Different types of RF connectors are made of different materials. Most of them feature a base material that’s coated in a separate material. Some RF connectors are made of gold-covered steel or brass, whereas others are made of nickel-covered brass. With that said, gold is typically used as the plating material for the conductor because of its high electrical conductivity and excellent corrosion-resistant properties.

#4) Quick-Lock

There are Quick-Lock RF connectors available. Quick-Lock is a coupling mechanism that allows you to push RF connectors into radio equipment to connect them. You don’t have to twist or otherwise turn them. Assuming an RF connector features a Quick-Lock coupling mechanism, you just need to push it into the radio equipment. Quick-Lock RF connectors are fast and easy to use, making them a popular alternative to traditional RF connectors.

#5) Price

Of course, you should consider the price when choosing RF connectors. Some manufacturers charge more for RF connectors than others. With that said, you may be able to save money by purchasing them in bulk. Don’t just purchase them individually. If you need a lot of RF connectors, consider ordering them in bulk so that you can save money. Along with the size, interface, material and Quick-Lock coupling mechanism, you should consider the price when choosing RF connectors.

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