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0.5 W precision load DC-18 GHz N male


Precision loads - low intermodulation and best performance

Nowadays, no development, production, testing, or quality control department that deals with RF signals on coaxial lines can afford to dispense with state-of-the-art high-precision equipment. It’s essential to use vector network analyzers (VNAs) in particular with high-precision connectors, terminations, and adapters.

Systematic errors can be fixed by calibrating the VNA. Different calibration standards with defined and known electrical characteristics are applied and compared to identify error coefficients. A technique called vector error correction is used to characterize error terms while applying known standards in order to remove errors from actual measurements and increase the accuracy of the results. A VNA can be calibrated in different ways depending on the required degree of accuracy. The methods used differ in both the number and the type of the calibration standards applied. The most commonly used calibration approaches are OSL (which stands for open-short-load) for single-port measurements and OSLT (for open-short-load-through) for multiple-port measurements. The order of the standards can vary in the designation; for example, the abbreviation SOLT is occasionally used synonymously.

Test setups or systems terminated with a load ideally should be free of intermodulation to avoid distorting the test results. A 0.5 W precision load DC-18 GHz N male load is boasting outstanding Passive Intermodulation values and is suitable for terminating a 50 Ω coaxial system over the frequency range of DC to 18 GHz. It has been developed for indoor use in laboratories and is made of lead-free and BeO-free materials.

This product has gold-plated connections and is based on the better quality classes of the IEEE, ICE standards with regard to lower tolerances. SPINNER also uses the term ‘precision’ here to emphasize the suitability for exceptionally high-precision measurements.

The N-coaxial connectors were named after their inventor Paul Neill, who developed this standard for RF connectors in 1942. Often, however, the name also relates to the Navy Connector. Type N connectors can be used at frequencies up to 11 GHz, high-precision types up to 18 GHz. It is typically used in mobile communication applications with demanding mechanical and electrical requirements. SPINNER exclusively manufactures connectors with non-slotted outer conductor contacts and a special sealing profile in the connector head instead of the flat seal disk, specified by IEC or CECC. This ensures the most reliable sealing function.

SPINNER RF measurement components meet highest standards

SPINNER has set new standards of accuracy with this product line, which includes a large family of coaxial test equipment with outstanding electrical and mechanical attributes for use in laboratory and production environments. For the production SPINNER applies extremely high standards regarding quality, engineering, materials and manufacturing e.g. DIN EN ISO 9001 - Quality Management, DIN EN ISO 14001 - Environmental Management and ISO 50001:2011 - Energy Management. This enables us to offer precision loads with the best possible performance and lowest possible intermodulation (Low PIM).

RF characteristics

Number of interfaces:
Interface type:
N male (50 Ω) per IEC 61169-16
Interface direction:
Frequency range:
DC to 18 GHz
Average power rating:
0.5 W
Return loss min.:
42 dB @ DC to 6 GHz
38 dB @ 6 to 8 GHz
35 dB @ 8 to 12 GHz
33 dB @ 12 to 18 GHz
50 Ω ±0.5

Mechanical characteristics

IEC 61169-16
Cooling type:
Inner conductor material / surface coating:
CuBe age hardened / gold-plated
Outer conductor material / coating:
copper-alloy / gold-plated
Insulation material:
Weight, approx.:
200.0 g

Environmental conditions

Operating temperature:
+18 to +28 °C
Relative humidity, max.:
95% (at 40 °C, condensation not allowed)
Storage ambient temperature:
-40 to +70 °C

Scope of delivery & accessories

Delivery scope:
calibration certificate, protective tube, handling instructions

Further remarks

Customs tariff number:



Product data sheet – 533910R000 – 533910-DS.pdf


Handling instructions – 533910R000 – M36081.pdf