# How to source this hook socket

I've been trying to find the name, part number, manufacturer and some vendor for this hook socket. I'm not even 100% sure that is what it is called.

Do you have any information about it? Anything would be welcome.

• looks proprietary to me, try contacting [e][a][s][y] radio Mar 5 '16 at 16:25
• I'll try that, maybe it'll work out! Mar 6 '16 at 3:32
• That did the trick. Mar 7 '16 at 4:07

I found the component!

According to this datasheet that I found in a google search, they're calling that a "spring pinned socket."

Unfortunately, I wasn't readily able to find anything similar by searching Google, Digi-Key, and Mouser (where I found the datasheet) for that term.

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Upon re-examination of your photo, there's technically no 'socket' on your PCB, just looks like they drilled a large # of vias/thru-holes & soldered in the pins individually.

Based on that observation, I did a little more digging & think you might be able to find a suitavle replacement somewhere in these results.

• I have a box full of those "spring pins". In our case, they were custom ordered from SAMTEC by another company, and I ended up with them when we bought out their stock. I used them as temporary connectors for similar RF boards because I could hook a logic probe to them, otherwise I just soldered the RF board to our primary board. The "spring" factor on them makes them only good for a few dozen cycles. Mar 5 '16 at 16:48
• Unfortunately I couldn't find anything all that similar on the digikey link. @bdegnan, do you have a part number that I could use to continue my search? Mar 6 '16 at 3:29