Views: 0 Author: Uly Hong Publish Time: 2022-03-27 Origin: LenoRF
The return loss (VSWR) of the RF connector is a significant characteristic in the RF business, and achieving a low return loss is our primary priority.
For connectors built with cable, such as SMA plug crimping for RG174, we test the connector with an RG174 using a vector network analyzer.
We may immediately test the RF adapter using a vector network analyzer.
But how do we test the PCB type of an RF connector?
For example: SMA female straight for PCB through-hole.
The SMA connector cannot be connected to a cable.
We have two solutions for test these kind of connectors.
LenoRF designed a typical test PCB board with 50 OHMS. This PCB uses a special board material to get a higher dielectric constant; the popular brand is Rogers, and the board material is ceramic or PTFE. The end user will be able to easily test the return loss.
Another option is to create a fixtures that will hold two SMA connectors together and act as a SMA adapter. This fixture must be very exact, or else some errors will arise owing to contact resistance and bad contact.