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Author Topic: Antenna Connector on Your Handheld Rig  (Read 1374 times)
AE5I
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« on: September 22, 2010, 07:44:41 AM »

Folks, I'm wondering how complete the transition from BNC to SMA is as the standard  antenna connector on handheld rigs these days.  I know that most of the new ones are using SMA, but I'm more interested in what's actually in use at this time.

When you have time, I'd love to know what connector is on the handheld rig (2 meter, 70 cm, whatever) that you use most.

Thanks so much for the help with my research!

Tom AE5I
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 10:06:57 AM »

Mine are all SMA-F on the hand helds.
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KC8OYE
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2010, 10:37:58 AM »

Wouxun 2m/70cm ht.. uses the 'not-so-standard' SMA-Male on the radio.
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AE5I
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2010, 03:18:01 PM »

Mine are all SMA-F on the hand helds.

I sure appreciate the info.

I'm figuring that it's going to wind up pretty heavily weighted toward SMA.  I just don't know how many older BNC type rigs are still in heavy use.  Might not be too many.  I have several, but I do tend to keep stuff a while....  :-)

Thanks again,

Tom AE5I
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2010, 03:18:48 PM »

Wouxun 2m/70cm ht.. uses the 'not-so-standard' SMA-Male on the radio.


Thanks much for the info!

Tom AE5I
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NA0AA
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 09:37:04 AM »

I think the Icom T7H [dual band, one at a time] still has a BNC, I think their bigger single band HT's also still use a BNC

I prefer the robustness of the bigger connector to be sure.  But since the consumer seems to want smaller and smaller radios, well, there you go.
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010, 01:31:14 PM »

The biggest shortcoming is that SMA connectors are only rated for 500 cyles of mating.
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