Better with SMA
I had some trouble closing the lid on the “Just good enough 10 MHz GPS reference” due to the size of the BNC jack. Therefore I changed it to an SMA (SubMiniature version A) female jack. A thin cable connects it to the K3’s SMA input and there is no need for any SMA-BNC adapter on that end.
At the same time I moved the GPS antenna to a more central location in the tin, in the hope that the walls of the tin would interfere less with GPS reception. That’s the theory anyway, if it matters much in practice is a different story.
Actually, I think I’m going to use SMA more often with these clear top tins and also Altoids tins. They take up much less space and are easier to install and to work with.
There aren’t any high power applications for circuitry in such tins, so I cannot so any reason why the SMA won’t work just as well or even better than the BNC.
Other related posts about the 10 MHz reference:
- Just good enough 10 MHz reference (3 Oct 2015)
- Curing amnesia in the 10 MHz GPS reference (19 Nov 2015)
- Improved GPS reception with a ground plane (11 April 2016)