would it make sense to create a GPS cable that was a "right angle" type connector? Basically, plug in, then immediately wrap around ot the back of the scanner, which would reduce the potential for breakage due to fragile connectors sticking out the side of the unit....
I also see the SMA as a potential risk, if one were to use a SMA to BNC adaptor... i plan to use a short cable that is terminated in SMA, then put the adaptor on the endof the cable, just to reduce the chance of snapping off the SMA connector. it's too bad that they (assumingly) had to go SMA for size constraints (can't see any other rationale)... BNCs are a lot more rugged, IMHO.
I've wondered if anyone does make a right angle version of the mini serial connector and the mini usb connector. My usb is not left connected like the mini serial is though but a right angle version of the mini serial plug would be a very welcome item.
I also use a short antenna cable with a right angle SMA connector on the radio end plus a right angle audio adapter. At least the left side if mine does not have a lot of things sticking out very far.
I also never use the small serial jacks on the front panels of my Uniden 996 T and XT radios. My fingers are just too fat to have anything plugged in and also operate the radio so I moved the serial jack to a standard DB-9 on the rear panel next to the other serial port also on the rear. I use both ports on the 996 radios for logging and GPS control and I hated the connector sticking out the front so to the rear it went.
The front port is still functional but I do need to remember to disconnect anything attached to the new rear connector should I ever need it.
Anyone know of a source for right angle versions of the USB plug? As popular as mini usb is, I bet someone does make that in a right angle. Even one that is a mini plug to a mini jack at 90 degrees would be better than having the entire straight plug with cable hanging out the right side.
I doubt anyone makes a right angle version of the serial port plug though as I don't think the straight ones are very popular as it is. I've found spare straight molded plugs that are fit with wires molded in already on the serial plug end and bare on the other end but I've never seen a right angle version.
Does anyone know if that mini serial jack and plug even have an official name or designation so one may search for them easier?
edit: SMA connectors actually have a much higher rating over BNC for max frequency and durability. BNC's still wobble at the jack/plug point when connected. The wobbling action will spread open the female pin socket in the jack. There are better jacks that have a much better pin socket to prevent this on BNC's but most manufacturers use the cheaper versions. SMA on the other hand tightens snuggly when you attach the plug onto the jack which prevents the socket spreading problem as long as you keep it tight which eliminates the wobbling action. I've never had the center conductor socket in an SMA connector spread open like often happens with BNC jacks. The entire SMA jack can be more fragile in whole than a BNC though as many SMA jacks are soldered directly to a board with no other mechanical relief like many BNC jacks offer. I think that is the way the HP-1 is setup so I do agree with the concern here and also the reason I purchased right angle SMA ends for my cable and installed them in the first place. Uniden should have designed with a better SMA socket that also has a barrel nut that clamps down on the case like most BNC's do. That would have made it a lot more durable for a device that people are going to move around a lot. I'm sure space constraints played a large part in the jacks design though.