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GB2187895A
GB2187895A GB8606379A GB8606379A GB2187895A GB 2187895 A GB2187895 A GB 2187895A GB 8606379 A GB8606379 A GB 8606379A GB 8606379 A GB8606379 A GB 8606379A GB 2187895 A GB2187895 A GB 2187895A
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RLINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00-H01R33/00
    • H01R13/64Means for preventing incorrect coupling
    • H01R13/641Means for preventing incorrect coupling by indicating incorrect coupling; by indicating correct or full engagement
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RLINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00-H01R33/00
    • H01R13/46Bases; Cases
    • H01R13/52Dustproof, splashproof, drip-proof, waterproof, or flameproof cases
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01RLINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS
    • H01R13/00Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00-H01R33/00
    • H01R13/66Structural association with built-in electrical component
    • H01R13/70Structural association with built-in electrical component with built-in switch
    • H01R13/703Structural association with built-in electrical component with built-in switch operated by engagement or disengagement of coupling parts, e.g. dual-continuity coupling part

Abstract

An aerial socket assembly comprises an electrically insulative socket housing (1) having a tapered socket passage (5) for receiving a conductive aerial plug connector (7) with a complementary taper and a pair of electrical power supply contacts (6A, 6B) which project through the housing wall into the passage (5) whereby, consequent upon insertion of the connector (7) into the passage (5), the electrical power supply contacts (6A, 6B) are interconnected via the connector (7), the connection serving to switch on radio equipment with which the socket is operatively associated. A flexible plastics membrane 10 which seals the socket is ruptured on insertion of the connector and tends to form a sealing gasket 11 between the socket and the connector. The equipment may therefore be deployed rapidly when necessary and there is no need to provide a conventional ON/OFF switch on the equipment. <IMAGE>

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SPECIFICATION Aerial socket assembly This invention relates to aerial socket assemblies.

According to the present invention an aerial socket assembly comprises an electrically insulative socket housing having formed therein a tapered socket passage for receiving a conductive aerial plug connector having a complementary taper and a pair of electrical power supply contacts which project through the housing wall into the passage whereby, consequent upon insertion of the connector into the passage, the electrical power supply contacts are interconnected via the connector the connection serving to switch on radio equipment with which the socket is operatively associated.

The radio equipment may include an integral battery which is arranged to provide power for the equipment only at a time when the connector is inserted in the socket.

The radio equipment may comprise portable radio signal jamming equipment.

The equipment may therefore be deployed very rapidly and may be of simple construction with no external controls or conventional on/off switch since the actuation is effected by the simple plug-in operation of fitting the aerial.

In order to prevent the aerial plug from becoming dislodged and falling out of the socket passage, the contacts may be pointed and set in the housing wall at an angle to define internal barbs which tend to dig into the plug connector if a withdrawal force is applied thereto.

In order to facilitate the sealing of the socket passageway against ingress of moisture or other foreign matter, an entrance aperture to the socket passage through which the plug connector is introduced, may be normally closed prior to use with a plastics membrane which is ruptured by insertion of the plug connector.

The provision of a membrane has the significant advantage that the thickness and material of the membrane may be chosen so that after insertion of the plug connector part the membrane becomes trapped between the plug connector part and the wall of the socket passage thereby in use to act as a seal which serves to resist the entry of water or other foreign matter.

One embodiment of the invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawing which is a sectional view of an aerial socket assembly showing an aerial partly plugged therein.

Referring now to the drawing the aerial socket assembly comprises a housing 1 having a flanged upper portion 2. The housing is shown projecting through a wall 3 of an equipment case with a sealing washer 4 positioned between the flange 2 and the wall 3.

The housing 1 is formed with a tapered internal socket passage 5 into which a pair of pointed electrical contacts 6A and 6B are arranged to project.

The passage 5 is arranged to receive a conductive aerial plug connector 7 of an aerial assembly 8. The plug connector 7 is arranged to be tapered to match the passageway and as can be seen from the drawing, when the plug connector is fully inserted in the socket passage the electrical contacts 6A and 6B will bite into the surface of the plug connector 7. Since the contacts 6A and 6B are set at an angle and are pointed they act as internal barbs within the socket passage 5 which barbs serve to resist withdrawal of the plug connector from the socket passage 5. An entrance aperture 9 to the socket passage 5 is arranged normally to be closed by means of a flexible plastics membrane 10 which prior to insertion of the conductive aerial plug connector 7, serves to seal the aperture 9 and resist entry of water or other foreign matter.After insertion of the plug connector 7 into the socket passage 5 such that the membrane is ruptured it can be seen from the drawing that the plastics membrane 10 tends to serve as a sealing gasket 11 which is positioned between the walls of the socket passage 5 in the region of the aperture 9 and the plug connector 7, thereby to resist the entry of water or foreign matter.

Thus it may be arranged that the electrical contacts 6A and 6B are connected in the power supply line feeding radio apparatus with which the socket assembly is associated whereby electrical power to the apparatus is switched on only when the plug connector is inserted such that the contacts 6A and 6B are electrically coupled.

It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that radio signals may be fed in any conventional manner to the aerial 8 and for example high frequency radio signals may be fed to the aerial through the contacts 6A or 6B via capacitive coupling means (not shown).

1. An aerial socket assembly comprising an electrically insulative socket housing having formed therein a tapered socket passage for receiving a conductive aerial plug connector having a complementary taper and a pair of electrical power supply contacts which project through the housing wall into the passage whereby, consequent upon insertion of the connector into the passage, the electric power supply contacts are interconnected via the connector the connection serving to switch on radio equipment with which the socket is operatively associated.

2. A socket assembly as claimed in claim 1, in which the said radio equipment comprises an integral battery arranged to provide power for the equipment only at a time when the aerial plug connector is inserted in the socket.

3. A socket assembly as claimed in claim 2, in which the said radio equipment comprises portable radio signal jamming equipment.

4. A socket assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, in which the said power supply contacts include pointed ends and are set in the housing wall to define internal barbs which tend to dig into the plug connector if a withdrawal force is applied thereto.

**WARNING** end of DESC field may overlap start of CLMS **.

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**WARNING** start of CLMS field may overlap end of DESC **. SPECIFICATION Aerial socket assembly This invention relates to aerial socket assemblies. According to the present invention an aerial socket assembly comprises an electrically insulative socket housing having formed therein a tapered socket passage for receiving a conductive aerial plug connector having a complementary taper and a pair of electrical power supply contacts which project through the housing wall into the passage whereby, consequent upon insertion of the connector into the passage, the electrical power supply contacts are interconnected via the connector the connection serving to switch on radio equipment with which the socket is operatively associated. The radio equipment may include an integral battery which is arranged to provide power for the equipment only at a time when the connector is inserted in the socket. The radio equipment may comprise portable radio signal jamming equipment. The equipment may therefore be deployed very rapidly and may be of simple construction with no external controls or conventional on/off switch since the actuation is effected by the simple plug-in operation of fitting the aerial. In order to prevent the aerial plug from becoming dislodged and falling out of the socket passage, the contacts may be pointed and set in the housing wall at an angle to define internal barbs which tend to dig into the plug connector if a withdrawal force is applied thereto. In order to facilitate the sealing of the socket passageway against ingress of moisture or other foreign matter, an entrance aperture to the socket passage through which the plug connector is introduced, may be normally closed prior to use with a plastics membrane which is ruptured by insertion of the plug connector. The provision of a membrane has the significant advantage that the thickness and material of the membrane may be chosen so that after insertion of the plug connector part the membrane becomes trapped between the plug connector part and the wall of the socket passage thereby in use to act as a seal which serves to resist the entry of water or other foreign matter. One embodiment of the invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawing which is a sectional view of an aerial socket assembly showing an aerial partly plugged therein. Referring now to the drawing the aerial socket assembly comprises a housing 1 having a flanged upper portion 2. The housing is shown projecting through a wall 3 of an equipment case with a sealing washer 4 positioned between the flange 2 and the wall 3. The housing 1 is formed with a tapered internal socket passage 5 into which a pair of pointed electrical contacts 6A and 6B are arranged to project. The passage 5 is arranged to receive a conductive aerial plug connector 7 of an aerial assembly 8. The plug connector 7 is arranged to be tapered to match the passageway and as can be seen from the drawing, when the plug connector is fully inserted in the socket passage the electrical contacts 6A and 6B will bite into the surface of the plug connector 7. Since the contacts 6A and 6B are set at an angle and are pointed they act as internal barbs within the socket passage 5 which barbs serve to resist withdrawal of the plug connector from the socket passage 5. An entrance aperture 9 to the socket passage 5 is arranged normally to be closed by means of a flexible plastics membrane 10 which prior to insertion of the conductive aerial plug connector 7, serves to seal the aperture 9 and resist entry of water or other foreign matter.After insertion of the plug connector 7 into the socket passage 5 such that the membrane is ruptured it can be seen from the drawing that the plastics membrane 10 tends to serve as a sealing gasket 11 which is positioned between the walls of the socket passage 5 in the region of the aperture 9 and the plug connector 7, thereby to resist the entry of water or foreign matter. Thus it may be arranged that the electrical contacts 6A and 6B are connected in the power supply line feeding radio apparatus with which the socket assembly is associated whereby electrical power to the apparatus is switched on only when the plug connector is inserted such that the contacts 6A and 6B are electrically coupled. It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that radio signals may be fed in any conventional manner to the aerial 8 and for example high frequency radio signals may be fed to the aerial through the contacts 6A or 6B via capacitive coupling means (not shown). CLAIMS
1. An aerial socket assembly comprising an electrically insulative socket housing having formed therein a tapered socket passage for receiving a conductive aerial plug connector having a complementary taper and a pair of electrical power supply contacts which project through the housing wall into the passage whereby, consequent upon insertion of the connector into the passage, the electric power supply contacts are interconnected via the connector the connection serving to switch on radio equipment with which the socket is operatively associated.
2. A socket assembly as claimed in claim 1, in which the said radio equipment comprises an integral battery arranged to provide power for the equipment only at a time when the aerial plug connector is inserted in the socket.
3. A socket assembly as claimed in claim 2, in which the said radio equipment comprises portable radio signal jamming equipment.
4. A socket assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, in which the said power supply contacts include pointed ends and are set in the housing wall to define internal barbs which tend to dig into the plug connector if a withdrawal force is applied thereto.
5. A socket assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 4, in which the said socket passage includes an entrance aperture which, prior to use, is closedly a plastics membrane that is capable of being ruptured upon insertion ofthe plug connector.
6. An aerial socket assembly substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawing.
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Cited By (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP0709935A1 (en) * 1994-10-28 1996-05-01 Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. Automotive splice connector
WO1996029761A1 (en) * 1995-03-21 1996-09-26 The Whitaker Corporation Electrical connector having socket contacts with safety shields
EP0771053A2 (en) * 1995-10-27 1997-05-02 Hewlett-Packard Company Electrical connector contact enabling detection of the presence of a mating connector contact
CN104409898A (en) * 2014-12-13 2015-03-11 国网山西省电力公司晋城供电公司 Conical plug pin and plug bush for socket and plug

Cited By (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP0709935A1 (en) * 1994-10-28 1996-05-01 Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. Automotive splice connector
WO1996029761A1 (en) * 1995-03-21 1996-09-26 The Whitaker Corporation Electrical connector having socket contacts with safety shields
US5588852A (en) * 1995-03-21 1996-12-31 The Whitaker Corporation Electrical connector having socket contacts with safety shields
EP0771053A2 (en) * 1995-10-27 1997-05-02 Hewlett-Packard Company Electrical connector contact enabling detection of the presence of a mating connector contact
EP0771053A3 (en) * 1995-10-27 1998-04-29 Hewlett-Packard Company Electrical connector contact enabling detection of the presence of a mating connector contact
CN104409898A (en) * 2014-12-13 2015-03-11 国网山西省电力公司晋城供电公司 Conical plug pin and plug bush for socket and plug

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