An RF connector
is an electrical connector
designed to work at radio frequencies
in the multi-megahertz range.
RF connectors are typically used with coaxial cables
and are designed to maintain the shielding that the coaxial design offers. Better models also minimize the change in transmission line impedance
at the connection. Mechanically they provide a fastening mechanism (thread
, braces, push pull) and springs
for a low ohmic electric contact while sparing the gold surface thus allowing above 1000 reconnects and reducing the insertion force
. Research activity in the area of radio-frequency (RF) circuit design has surged in the last decade in direct response to the enormous market demand for inexpensive, high data rate wireless transceivers.
- 7/16 DIN connector, a high power 50-ohm connector originally developed by Spinner
- BNC (Bayonet Neill-Concelman)
- C connector (Concelman)
- Dezifix connector, hermaphrodite connector used mainly by Rohde & Schwarz
- GR connector (General Radio)
- F connector, used for U.S. domestic television installations and domestic satellite LNBs (75 ohm)
- HN connector, a high voltage version of the N connector
- IEC 169-2 connector, also called Belling Lee connector used throughout Europe and some other countries for domestic television installations and as FM connector for radio. It is standardised in EN 60169-2.
- LC connector, type of large screw connector
- Motorola connector, standard AM-FM antenna connector used for automotive radios
- Musa connector, a 50-ohm connector used in telecommunications and broadcast video
- NMO mount (New Motorola MOunt), for removable mobile antennas. Large threaded base for durability in wind.
- N connector (Neill)
- SC connector, screw version of C connector
- TNC connector (Threaded Neill- Concelman)
- UHF connector (e.g. PL-259/SO-239) Also referred to as an "M-type" connector by Japanese manufacturers such as Kenwood
The following audio and video connectors are sometimes used for RF, but are not generally considered to be RF connectors: