Since there are many different Radio Frequency connectors available, it is common that people confuse them. Are you one of those who find it complicated to determine what Radio Frequency connector type they are going to utilize in an application? If so, don’t worry. In this article, you will learn all you need to know about the various types of Radio Frequency connectors and what applications they are typically utilized for. 

Radio Frequency connectors are a kind of connectors that are specially created to work at radio frequencies for signal transmission of products such as antennas, coaxial cables, and radios. However, these connectors have a variety of types.

Here are some of the types of Radio Frequency connectors that are commonly used nowadays.

The five most common Radio Frequency connector types include:

  1. Type N Connectors
  2. UHF Connectors
  3. TNC Connectors
  4. BNC Connectors
  5. SMA Connectors

The five common Types of RF Connectors and their applications.

  1. Type N Connector

The Type N connector is a threaded, weatherproof, medium-sized connector for durable applications that can efficiently manage frequencies up to 11 Gigahertz. This kind of connector follows MIL-STD-348 and is broadly employed in lower frequency microwave systems where robustness and stability, and low cost are required.

  1. UHF Connector

The Ultra High Frequency (UHF) connector is also a threaded Radio Frequency connector that transmits signals at frequencies up to 100 Megahertz. Unlike the type N connector, It’s not waterproof and non-constant surge impedance. It can be employed in amateur radio, citizens band radio, and marine VHF (Very High Frequency) radio applications.

  1. TNC Connector

This type of connector is a threaded version of the BNC connector. TNC connectors are recommended for microwave frequencies since it has a better performance in comparison to the BNC connector. It is employed mainly in radio and wired applications.

  1. BNC Connector

BNC is a small quick connect/disconnect Radio Frequency connector typically employed at low-frequency applications. It is initially used for the military field and has gained wide acceptance in the composite video on commercially utilized video devices and Radio Frequency applications up to 2 Gigahertz. 

This type of connector is extremely easy and convenient to use and delivers a very high-performance level. It is utilized on test equipment like audio generators and power meters to function generators. This type of connector is used in applications where a coaxial or screened cable is needed, particularly for Radio Frequency applications.

  1. SMA Connector

SubMiniature version A connectors are semi-precision coaxial Radio Frequency connectors that operate up to 18 Gigahertz, even though some proprietary variants are rated to 26.5 Gigahertz. It is usually employed in Radio Frequency power amplifiers, Radio Frequency isolators, mobile telephone antennas, WiFi antenna systems, and radio astronomy at 5 Gigahertz+.

There are many different types of Radio Frequency connectors available, and they all differ in shape, size, and frequency range utilized for a wide variety of purposes. All you have to do is to choose according to the specification needed for a specific application.

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