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 Post subject: Measure SMA connector
Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:13 pm 
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I need to measure VSWR and insertion loss of some SMAs from 0.5GHz to 5GHz. Any advice of how to do that? I have access to 8753C, SA 8566B. How do they test SMAs at manufacturers like Amphenol or Tyco anyway?


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Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:30 pm 
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Do you think put 2 identical SMAs back to back with connection strip (or mechanical sleeve) less than calibration adapter kit's electrical length will solve the problem (take the average of the 2)?

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Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:45 pm 
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Can you describe what type of interface do you have on both ends of your SMA connector?

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Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:53 pm 
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Hello UknowWhat,

Are these SMA adapters or SMA connectors on cables?
If they are adapters, are they the same type on each end or opposite type? This is important because if they are opposite type then they are "insertable" and you won't need to account for the extra adapters.

The 8753C NA is perferable becuse it can do both measurement, apply the corrections and calculate the answer in the units you need. It can also be done with the 8566B but you will need extra equipment like a coupler or VSWR bridge for example.

Before a method to do the test can be given we need to know the answers to the first questions in paragraph 1.

P.S. I could not use the correct terminology because there must be a filter on the forum to sensor certain words so I used "type" instead. I hope you get the meaning.

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Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:52 pm 
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P.S. I could not use the correct terminology because there must be a filter on the forum to sensor certain words so I used "type" instead. I hope you get the meaning.

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Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:12 pm 
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Hi all,

Thanks for the reply. I was so busy lately that rfcafe must be in another planet. :)

The SMA connectors are panel mounted jack. The VNA test cable interface is APC-7. We do also have precision 3.5mm supplied by Agilent so we can use it as an SMA adapter and calibrate it out.
After some researches and reading an old textbook by Gupta, I think it's doable by building a aluminium text fixture with both SMA jacks mounting back to back, connected through a 50mil diameter brass sleeve and take the square root of the result. I could also improve the characteristic of the connection by insulate it with a 50Ohm seal. Theoretically.



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