Antenna Mounting 101

This week we provide you with some crucial accessories for your GNSS Antenna.

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another Friday Product Post here at SparkFun Electronics! This week, we are happy to present you with a whole litany of GNSS goodies for you to pick up. We start the week off with a new kit that makes mounting an tri-band antenna a breeze with included brackets, screws, and a central pole to attach to whatever surface you might need. Following that, we have five (yes, five!) new SMA and RP-SMA cables that are far more economical than our previous versions. Now, let's jump in and take a closer look at all of this week's new products!

GNSS Antenna Mounting Hardware Kit

GNSS Antenna Mounting Hardware Kit

KIT-22197
$14.95

This GNSS Antenna Mounting Hardware Kit gives all of the basic parts you'll need to mount your antenna to a structure or support. We love to use this kit to secure one of our two GNSS Multi-Band Antennas (either the SPK6618H or the TOP106) that allow for tri-band (L1/L2/L5) reception for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou constellations. Once you've assembled and installed the parts in this kit, all you'll need to do is simply screw your antenna to the top and you're all set!


Interface Cable - SMA Male to SMA Female (25cm, RG174)

Interface Cable - SMA Male to SMA Female (25cm, RG174)

CAB-22034
$2.95
Interface Cable - SMA Male to SMA Female Cable (1M, RG174)

Interface Cable - SMA Male to SMA Female Cable (1M, RG174)

CAB-22035
$3.95

These are basic SMA (Sub-Miniature A) male to female connector cables. Each cable is either 25cm (9.8in.) or 1M (39.3in.) long, each with RG174 housing. The SMA connectors at each end of the cables are small enough for most consumer GPS, cellular, and other RF applications and they use a threaded housing to create strong mechanical connections.


Interface Cable - RP-SMA Male to RP-SMA Female (25cm, RG174)

Interface Cable - RP-SMA Male to RP-SMA Female (25cm, RG174)

CAB-22037
$2.95
Interface Cable - RP-SMA Male to RP-SMA Female (1M, RG174)

Interface Cable - RP-SMA Male to RP-SMA Female (1M, RG174)

CAB-22036
$3.95

Conversely, these are basic RP-SMA (Reverse Polarity Sub-Miniature A) male to female connector cables. Each cable is 25cm (9.8in.) or 1M (39.3in.) long, again with RG174 housing. Just as above, the RP-SMA connectors at each end of the cables are small enough for most consumer GPS, cellular, and other RF applications and they use a threaded housing to create strong mechanical connections.


Interface Cable - RP-SMA Male to RP-SMA Female (10M, RG58)

Interface Cable - RP-SMA Male to RP-SMA Female (10M, RG58)

CAB-22038
$11.95

Finally for this week, this is a basic RP-SMA (Reverse Polarity Sub-Miniature A) male to female connector cable. Each cable is 10M (393.7in.) long with RG58 housing. The RP-SMA connectors at each end are small enough for most consumer GPS, cellular, and other RF applications and they use a threaded housing to create strong mechanical connections. If you are looking for an SMA version of this cable, you're in luck! We already carry it in our catalog and it can be found here.


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