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One of the Most Versatile RF Connectors Ever Made.

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In high demand since it was first developed in the 60’s, this SMA Connector was initially used for hand-held radios and antennas. However today, the demand has skyrocketed with industries such as aerospace, defense, and telecommunications requiring SMA Connectors for most of their current applications, and many future research projects.

Some of the SMA’s key attributes that appeal to engineers is its size. Compared to its predecessors such as the BNC and N types, the SMA is relatively small. This is a huge benefit when working in tight, confined spaces, a particular concern for network engineering.

The heightened popularity also stems from its reliability. While small, SMA’s are robust against vibration, repeated insertions, and  harsh environments (when a proper torque wrench is used). Also available in a wide range of coaxial cable types.

A U.S. Manufacturer, Coaxicom has thousands of Connectors in stock. From TNC, CMS, and SSMB connectors to the heavily utilized, ever dependable SMA.

SMA Straight Female 4 Hole Flange Receptacle-Probe (Passivated)

Part Number: 3204-9

  • SMA-series
  • 50Ω DC-18 GHz
  • Female (Jack)
  • All Stainless Steel Construction
  • Manufactured per Mil-PRF-39012
  • Also available in brass for commercial options
  • Ask about out Non-Magnetic series
  • Made in the USA

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10 Million Patents: A Celebration of American Innovation!

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On June 19, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will issue patent number 10 million—a remarkable achievement for the United States of America and our agency. More than just a number, this patent represents one of ten million steps on a continuum of human accomplishment launched when our Founding Fathers provided for intellectual property protection in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of our Constitution.

Appropriately, patent number 10 million will be the first issued with a new patent cover design, which we unveiled in March at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. It was created by a team of USPTO graphic designers including Rick Heddleston, Theresa Verigan, and led by Jeff Isaacs. Like the numerical milestone, the new cover design celebrates both how far we have come and the new frontiers we have yet to explore.

Each patent blooms from the creativity, brilliance, and determination that an inventor or a team of inventors have invested in order to bring an idea to fruition. In fulfilling our Constitutional mandate “to promote the progress of science and useful arts,” our nation has become the world’s leader in innovation. Our strong IP system has delivered 10 million patents’ worth of innovation representing trillions of dollars added to the global economy.

Patent examiners and the entire USPTO have played a vital role in every single one of these patents. So, in marking this historic occasion, we also honor and salute the public service delivered by all employees of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office now, and those of its predecessor agencies throughout our history. The work of this remarkable agency has been and continues to be critically important.

The future—the next ten million patents and beyond—is even more exciting. We stand on the cusp of truly historic times for science and technology. The USPTO is committed to encouraging and supporting future generations of inventors and entrepreneurs in communities across the nation who will lead us to ever higher achievements and development.

At this time in our nation’s history, we are proud to celebrate American innovation, the men and women who stand behind it, and the American intellectual property system which has helped fuel it all.

( by Andrei Iancu. June 14, 2018,  The following is a cross-post from the USPTO Director’s Blog).  Continue reading

Happy Birthday U.S. Army!

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Coaxicom Salutes the United States Army for its Service, Courage and Honor.

The Army is celebrating its 243rd birthday on June 14, commemorating the date in 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.

The new forces were comprised of 22,000 militiamen who had already gathered outside of Boston, plus 5,000 more in New York. On June 15, 1775, the Continental Congress named George Washington of Virginia as commander-in-chief and voted to raise 10 more companies of riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

Washington officially took command at Boston on July 3, 1775. The original Congressional appropriation to fund the new Army was $2 million. It took another year – July 4, 1776 to be exact – for the Continental Army and the militia to become known collectively as the Army of the United States, instead of the Army of the United Colonies.

Today, the Army has about 467,000 active duty soldiers, with another 343,000 in the U.S. Army National Guard and 206,000 in the Army Reserves.

The Army’s birthday is marked with celebrations, military balls and traditional cake cutting ceremonies held at military bases and communities across the country and at overseas installations.

This year’s theme is “Over There!  A Celebration of Army Heroes from WWI to Present Day.”

Interesting Army facts:

  • During World War II, supporting one soldier on the battlefield took one gallon of fuel per day. Today, the Army uses more than 22 gallons per day, per soldier.
  • The Army has 158 installations worldwide; more than 132,000 miles of infrastructure for electric, gas, sewer and water; and over one billion square feet of office space.
  • The Army owns more than 15 million acres of land across the United States, or about 24,000 square miles which, if the Army was a state, it would be the 42nd largest.
  • Twenty-four U.S Presidents served in the United States Army.
  • The U.S. Army is the country’s second largest employer.

(Content credit: www.al.com, June 14, by Leada Gore) 

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Plans for First Space Tourists to Circle Moon Delayed Again.

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Space-transportation company misses another deadline for putting humans in its Dragon capsule.

SpaceX has indicated it won’t launch a pair of space tourists to loop around the moon this year as previously announced, the latest sign that technical and production challenges are disrupting founder Elon Musk’s plans for human exploration of the solar system.

A new timetable for the flight—now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer—hasn’t been released by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the formal name of the closely held company.

Over the weekend, company spokesman James Gleeson confirmed the private moon launch has been postponed, without indicating when it might occur. “SpaceX is still planning to fly private individuals around the moon and there is growing interest from many customers,” Mr. Gleeson said in an email.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft attached to the Harmony module of the international space station after it arrived in December 2017. PHOTO: NASA/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

The delay comes amid SpaceX’s own projections of a nearly 40% drop in launches next year from as many as 28 anticipated for 2018. The decline primarily reflects a global slump in manufacturing orders and launch contracts for large commercial satellites. SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla..

SpaceX also is confronting industry doubts about market demand for its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company’s newest and biggest launcher, which had its maiden blastoff in February.  “People don’t think it’s serious enough yet to figure out how to use it,” Thomas Mueller, SpaceX’s chief propulsion technology officer, said in May, speaking to attendees on the sidelines of a space conference in Los Angeles. Mr. Mueller declined to elaborate or respond to questions.  (content pulled from www.wsj.com, The Wall Street Journal, by Andy Pasztor, u

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World’s First Space Hotel Is Now Taking Reservations!

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Aurora Station is already taking deposits for its 2022 launch.

These days everyone wants an out-of-this-world hotel experience offering excellent service or exceptional design. But if the first-ever luxury space hotel launches in late 2021 as planned, the figure of speech will for once be an accurate description.

In early April, plans for the futuristic Aurora Station were announced at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California. The exclusive hotel, which is being developed by space technology startup Orion Span, is slated to launch in late 2021 and plans to host its first guests in 2022.

Orion Span says Aurora Station will accommodate six people—including two crew members—at a time. During a 12-day stay on the space station—the starting price for which is $9.5 million per person—guests will float freely through the zero-gravity hotel, taking in views of the northern and southern auroras from the station’s windows.

Prior to takeoff, all Aurora Station guests will partake in a mandatory three-month training program to receive an Orion Span Astronaut Certification. Phase one of this certification program can be completed online; the next portion will occur at Orion Span’s training facility in Houston, and the final training will take place during each expedition on Aurora Station.

Those eager to explore travel’s latest frontier (and who have the ability to dish out a far-reaching sum) will take part in numerous authentic astronaut experiences aboard Aurora Station, from real space research experiments to virtual reality simulations. Once in orbit, guests can also stay in touch or live stream with their loved ones via high-speed wireless Internet access. Upon return to Earth, Aurora Station guests will be treated to a “hero’s welcome home.”

“We developed Aurora Station to provide a turnkey destination in space,” chief executive officer and founder of Orion Span, Frank Bunger, said in a statement. “Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before.”

If Aurora Station hosts its first expedition in 2022 as planned, the modular hotel will mark an astronomical move toward making space travel more mainstream. We’ll count down the years until we can afford to make the trip.

Aurora Station is now accepting deposits for future stays. The fully refundable deposit is $80,000 per person and can be reserved online!  [content credit: www.tastingtable.com, by


[Stuart, Florida, May 10, 2018, coaxicom.com]Coaxicom is located in Stuart, Florida and serves the military/defense, aerospace, medical, telecom, wireless, energy and transportation industries for over 30-years.  And we are proud to have a long tradition of serving NASA, U.S. Navy, top universities, and several National Research Labs.

Not only do we offer quality connectors, adapters, phase adjusters, terminations, attenuators, and dust caps. We can also design most any type of cable assembly and unlike other companies, we accept low quantity orders.  In fact, Coaxicom provides single prototype assemblies for your review and testing for just $84 (US).

But what makes Coaxicom so unique is the kind of quality, expertise and support that should be expected from a components manufacturer in the United States.

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Good Connection

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When it comes to making a good RF connection, most people think about the connectors.

After all, good connectors can have a huge impact on the quality and cost effectiveness of any project. However, in order to have the best connection possible, it is important to invest in high quality tools as well.

There is a range of tools necessary to create these connections, including a torque wrench. Like all wrenches, a torque wrench is designed to tighten and loosen nuts and other connective devices. A torque wrench differs from other tools because it is more sensitive. Other wrenches will continue to apply pressure, regardless of how tight the bolt may be. These wrenches, on the other hand, will stop applying pressure and break away once the required torque is reached.

Coaxicom torque wrenches are designed explicitly for RF connectors and their recommended mating torque. They also include wrenches for laboratory testing of coupling proof torque and hard to find connector series.

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Overall, using Coaxicom wrenches can not only make installing and maintaining cables easier, but it can actually improve the quality of the connection and the lifespan of the connector.

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Be An Engineering Jedi & May The 4th Be With You!

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Not only is it Friday… it’s also the designated day we celebrate all things, “Star Wars”!

And no matter how you choose to honor this indelible part of our cultural zeitgeist as one of the world’s greatest franchises… every holiday is enhanced by a signature cocktail!

So as the festivities rev up this afternoon, make your stormtrooping buddies a batch of powerful… 

Millenium Fal-Collins

Courtesy of Dan Sabo, Ace Hotel Bar, Los Angeles, chilledmagazine.com

  • 1 1/2 oz. Blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Ginger syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Giffard Pamplemousse
  • 1/4 oz. Amaro di Angostura
  • Top with Bundaberg Lemon Lime Soda
  • Cucumber wheel, for garnish
  • Mint Sprig, for garnish

Preparation: Build in a Collins glass over ice. Top with Soda. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and a mint sprig.

But during the day if you must still be an Engineering Jedi then you need to go to COAXICOM.COM.
 
Here you’ll find “out-of-this-world” RF/ Microwave Connectors, Adapters, Attenuators, Terminations, Phase Adjusters, Cable Assemblies and everything you need to power up and power on!  Based in earthly Stuart, Florida, Coaxicom designs and manufactures military-grade components, under strict oversight for top performance. With hundreds of piece parts in stock and ready for assembly, Coaxicom can quote and ship often within 24-hours. Machinists and assemblers are experts with decades of experience. Plus our engineering and customer support teams adhere to Yoda’s sage wisdom,  “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
 
So never turn to the dark side, email us today Sales@COAXICOM.com, visit www.COAXICOM.com  or call 866-COAXICOM ( 262-9426) with your next job.
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HAPPY EARTH DAY 2018!

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EARTH DAY IS NOT about politics, it’s not about our opinion on global warming, or even our preference for or aversion to caftans and other fashionably bohemian looks. To us, Earth Day 2018 is – a celebration, yes – but also a keen opportunity to take stock of our own daily habits and their impact on the planet.

This year, instead of impressing you with next level ideas and a chic composter (okay, here’s one), we thought we’d bring you a few practical reminders of very basic steps we should all be taking to reduce waste and our toxic load. Check out the list, ask yourself if you’ve skipped any of the basics, and make an effort to make the shift!

ARE YOU REALLY RECYCLING?Recycling for Earth Day? Groundbreaking, we know – but how are you really doing on this point? If you’ve not yet invested the space in your kitchen for a designated recycling bin, make it happen this month. If you’re confused on any recyclable materials, read this for a little refresher.

MOVE AWAY FROM FAST FASHIONThis has got to be the toughest challenge facing most fashion-loving women. No matter your clothing budget, many of us sneak in a ‘throw away’ dress for a night out or cheap extra swimwear for a weekend away. Fast fashion has been rated by some as the second worst industry for the environment, right behind big oil and it’s track record on a human rights level isn’t so hot either. Take baby steps away from your fast fashion ways and invest in natural pieces that’ll last. Check out all our tips on the topic.

CUT DOWN ON WATER BOTTLESWe adore the Berkey water filters and they come in every size. Keep a stock of glassware nearby, including bottles with stoppers to take on the go. Keep a few bottles in the fridge for easy access. Invest in a cute reusable bottle like one of these to re-enforce the habit of sipping sustainably (and often).

SHOP SMARTER FURNITUREMost of our healthy living at home coverage has to do with the health of you, not the planet. But it doesn’t take long to figure out that the two values are closely linked. Shop paints and furnishings that don’t off-gas chemicals into your family’s lungs. These materials and the manufacturing processes by which they’re made are also usually better for the environment!

STOCK UP ON REUSABLES IN THE KITCHEN | …and anywhere else in life you can get away with it! Reduce waste in your daily kitchen routine: swap out paper towels, plastic wrap, plastic containers and other disposables for linen cloths, glass containers, beautiful ceramics, and these cool beeswax liners for produce.

SWITCH TO GREEN CLEANING + PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTSReduce the amount of chemicals you’re adding to the water supply by swapping to non-toxic cleaners where possible. Still not convinced that non-toxic beauty and personal care is necessary? (content credit from: https://thechalkboardmag.com).


[Stuart, Florida] COAXIAL COMPONENTS CORP. – While we are all, as individuals, accountable for our contribution to the planet’s pollution and waste buildup, companies too play a critical role in either damaging or protecting the environment. At Coaxicom, we understand that environmental impact should be a top concern when it comes to  corporate behavior. In response, we recycle at our facility whenever possible and reuse, re-purpose and recycle everything from water bottles to manufacturing materials.

Coaxicom designs and manufactures an extensive line of standard, as well as custom microwave and RF connectors all available in 50 or 75 Ohm impedance.

We have proudly served Customers in industries including the US military, medical, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, telecom, wireless, alternative energy and more.  Coaxicom also offers world-class manufacturing capabilities necessary to deliver the quality and reliability our customers demand including Military specifications MIL-PRF 39012, MIL-A 55339, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-STD-348 as applicable. RETURN TO WEBSITE

Russia is Jamming American Drone Operating

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[Update: April 11, 2018] – According to U.S. officials Russia is seriously affecting American military operations by jamming some U.S. military drones operating in the skies over Syria.

The Russians began  jamming the GPS of  some smaller U.S. drones several weeks ago.

Russian army now has advanced drone hunting units. (interestingengineering.com)

Jamming, which means blocking or scrambling a drone’s reception of a signal from a GPS satellite, can be uncomplicated, according to Dr. Todd Humphreys, the director of the Radionavigation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

“GPS receivers in most drones can be fairly easily jammed,” he said.

Humphreys, an expert on the spoofing and jamming of GPS, warns this could have a significant impact on U.S. drones, causing them to malfunction or even crash. “At the very least it could cause some serious confusion” for the drone operator on the ground if the drone reports an incorrect position or is lost, he said.

The officials said the equipment being used was developed by the Russian military and is very sophisticated, proving effective even against some encrypted signals and anti-jamming receivers. The drones impacted so far are smaller surveillance aircraft, as opposed to the larger Predators and Reapers that often operate in combat environments and can be armed.

Dr. Humphreys says that though the attacks occur in cyberspace, the results are still serious.

Russia shows several drones captured in Syria (dailymail.co.uk).

“They are a little less hostile looking than a kinetic bullet but sometimes the effect can be just as damaging,” he said. “It’s like shooting at them with radio waves instead of bullets.” (story content credited: fighterjetsworld.com). Continue reading