31 Mar '16, 2pm

Co-Exist With Your Coax: Choose The Right Connector For The Job

Yeah, I wasn’t saying that SMA is awesome. I was just comparing it to the others listed here. ‘Hobbyist’ doesn’t make sense here, though. SMA, N, BNC, etc. are everywhere in the commercial industry. Most of my test equipment uses N, SMA, or BNC. It’s just a question of what the performance you need vs. the price you’re willing to pay. Maybe “commodity connector level”? The 3.5mm connector is essentially just a “better SMA.” The measurements are tighter controlled, the dielectric is tighter controlled, etc. In fact, it was really designed as the connector that you can use to *test* SMAs with, which was an awesome choice by HP, because it’s a huge benefit to have a *higher performance* connector to test a lower performance one so you know where the fault is. But, in fact, in my opinion, the existence of 3.5mm connectors is *why* SMA gets a bad rep for reliability, compared w...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/03/31/co-exist-with-your-coax-ch...

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