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I was looking at this component, which has strange interface pins.

I have never seen anything like it. I wonder how am I supposed to connect to them. What connectors can I use and what's special about them? Is it good for RF stuff for example? What are they called? I could research more if I knew what these pins are called.

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Edit: Answered in the comments: They are turret pins where you wrap a wire and solder to.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You wrap wire round those and solder it in place. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 30, 2020 at 18:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ 50 yr old swaged turrets (press-fit) \$\endgroup\$ Jul 30, 2020 at 18:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ google.com/… \$\endgroup\$ Jul 30, 2020 at 18:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ Basically, just pins. Turret pins seems to be a recognised term though. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 30, 2020 at 18:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @himura It's a part of what a quality board looks like. \$\endgroup\$
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As mentioned in the comments, those swaged turret pins.

They are used to connect heavy guage wire to PCBs.

The pin itself is "swaged" onto the PCB - it is rather like a rivet.

The swaging provides mechanical strength. The pin can also be soldered to the PCB to ensure a good electrical connection.

You can solder wires to the pins to connect things to the PCB. You can also use clip on wires (alligator clips and similar things) to make temporary connections. Oscilloscope probes will clip onto them as well.

They probably aren't much good for radio frequency stuff. There's no way you can really make connection with a given impedance with them.

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