Those "gold plated" connectors

Muse

Lifer
Jul 11, 2001
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I needed an adapter so I could connect antenna cable to my receiver, which requires a push-on 75 ohm connection. So, I go to ebay and buy a set of 2 "screw-on to quick push-on" adaper (spelled like that!).

On the packaging it says, exactly this: "GOLD PLATED CONNETORS"

Well, they have that golden look. A little tinny, actually, but the golden glow is there. Is there apt to be any gold on these? Really? I suppose it's possible, maybe likely, but I have to wonder. The pair cost me around $4.50 shipped from Los Angeles.
 

CZroe

Lifer
Jun 24, 2001
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I needed an adapter so I could connect antenna cable to my receiver, which requires a push-on 75 ohm connection. So, I go to ebay and buy a set of 2 "screw-on to quick push-on" adaper (spelled like that!).

On the packaging it says, exactly this: "GOLD PLATED CONNETORS"

Well, they have that golden look. A little tinny, actually, but the golden glow is there. Is there apt to be any gold on these? Really? I suppose it's possible, maybe likely, but I have to wonder. The pair cost me around $4.50 shipped from Los Angeles.
Typically, yes. It doesn't cost much to add a few atoms thickness of gold using ENIG or electroplating, especially for connectors produced in bulk. Costs only a little extra for "hardgold," which is what you'd want on a card edge connector going into a high insertion force slot. Even NES games were hardgold though the system originally used a very low insertion force mechanism. Still, I think the thinner stuff is adequate for push-on cables.
 
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