Connector and method of operation

CAFC
  • US 6,676,446 B2
  • Filed: 11/13/2002
  • Issued: 01/13/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/02/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A connector for coupling an end of a coaxial cable to a threaded port, the coaxial cable having a center conductor surrounded by a dielectric, the dielectric being surrounded by a conductive metal braid, and the conductive metal braid being surrounded by a protective outer jacket, said connector comprising:

  • a. a tubular post having a first end adapted to be inserted into an exposed end of the coaxial cable around the dielectric thereof and under the conductive metal braid thereof, said tubular post having an opposing second end;

    b. a connector body having a first end and a second end, the first end of said connector body having an outer wall and an inner wall, the second end of said connector body engaging said tubular post proximate the second end thereof, the inner wall bounding a first central bore extending about said tubular post for receiving the coaxial cable within the first central bore, said first end of said connector body member being deformable;

    c. a nut having a first end rotatably secured to at least one of the second end of said tubular post and the second end of the connector body, said nut having an opposing second end with an internally threaded bore for engaging the threaded port; and

    d. a fastener member having a first end and a second opposing end with a central passageway defined between the fastener member first end and the fastener member second end for allowing a portion of the coaxial cable to pass therethrough, the fastener member first end secured to the connector body prior to installation over the end of the coaxial cable in a pre-installed first configuration, the central passageway being dimensioned to compress the first end of the connector body radially inwardly to decrease the volume of the first central bore when the fastener member is slidingly moved from the first preinstalled configuration toward the second end of the connector body, wherein said fastener member causes said connector body to be deformed inwardly toward said tubular post and against the protective outer jacket of the coaxial cable as said fastener member is advanced axially over the connector body toward the second end of said connector body.

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