Best and Easiest PL-259 Coax Connector Ever

I started using this PL-259 coax connector and I have to put out a short video on it. I continue to use these today and I won’t go back to anything else. If you want something easy to install and great quality over the old PL-259 connectors this one will make your day.

It’s easy to install and only requires a bit of solder on the center wire. You won’t have to worry about melting the foam insulation with this connector.

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PL-259 for LMR400 RG8 RG213 RG214

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These are compression type. Solder only the center wire. If using outdoors, add shrink wrap or tape when finished. Two Places to BUY ON EBAY and there are more in China:

1ST EBAY SELLER (10pcs and where mine come from)

SAME SELLER (5pcs)

2ND EBAY SELLER (5pcs)

Another Seller I bought from on Ebay (10pcs)

  • Stronger
  • Tighter seal (water tight)
  • Easier to install
  • Won’t melt foam insulation
  • Almost impossible to short shield and center wire
  • Less expensive than other brands

Tight connection on Icom 7300 and Icom 7610.

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Rich,K0PIR

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10pcs UHF PL-259 Plug male straight RF connector Clamp for RG8 RG213 RG214 LMR400 cable

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K0PIR

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18 Responses

  1. blank Al Bisasky says:

    Rich,

    Thanks for sharing the info on the compression PL-259 connectors. They look like a fine bit of kit. I will definitely have to give them a try the next time that I use RG-8.

    GL & GDX,

    K3ZE

  2. blank Dick N3HKN says:

    eBay says Zero available. Since that site is quite sloppy could that really be correct? Placing an order with 0 available on eBay seems like a way to get a charge and no product….

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Dick, looks like he sold out but I am sure he will have more available. No you would not be charged. Send the seller a message to see hen more will be available.

      Thanks for letting me know. Best 73! Rich, K0PIR

  3. blank William E Davis says:

    Would this connector work on RG-8X?

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Bill, thanks for commenting here and that’s a great question. I was thinking of trying it, but no it will not work. I have some feelers out seeing if they make any for smaller coax. I’ll post what I find out. Thanks again and best 73!

  4. blank Cromwell Campbell says:

    Hi Rich,

    I would like to add my agreement. I have been using these connectors ever since I saw a video by Steve Ellington on their ease of construction. And they do a better job of weather resistance!

    K5CBC

  5. blank Brad says:

    I use M&P cables and connectors distributed by MFJ. Very high density braid. Can’t think of anything easier.

    https://messi.it/en/catalogue/50-ohm-cables-ham-radio/hyperflex-13.htm

    Brad

  6. blank K0PIR says:

    Hello and thank you for commenting here. I appreciate your input and I’m glad to see that others like it as much as I do. They are very tight. I have seen some other YouTube videos on them, but I had so much fun, I just had to make one. I had planned on demonstrating these connectors at a club meeting for the longest time, but have not gotten around to it. I’m glad I got the video done finally. Thank you so much and merry Christmas. 73!

  7. blank K0PIR says:

    Hi Brad and thank you for commenting here. I am glad to see others like the compression connectors as well as I do. You may have it beat wit that one, hi hi. Thank you for your input and Best 73!

  8. blank Brian NF0G says:

    Hi Rich,
    Never really enjoyed soldering PL-259’s and this looks like a great solution. Another great tip from you, thank you for showing this.
    73 Brian

  9. blank Brian NF0G says:

    Wanted to update everyone because of an earlier comment. I saw the 0 connectors available too but ordered anyway. I got a confirmation that it would be shipped tomorrow.
    73 Brian

  10. blank Kent Eichstaedt says:

    Rich, I 100% agree. compression is the best. Crimp is OK. and I would never use solder. I think I will try the Chinese as M&P are pricey. A thin wrench that fits the flats makes the job easier. Park Tool makes thin wrenches for bicycles. I also cut down a standard 18mm wrench to 3″ to take up less room in the radio tool box.

    73 K9AEE Kent

  11. blank ezy says:

    Rich, good article.

    I have used these around 6 months back. They are good but there is one issue with the thread and you can clearly see it in your pic there as well. The set back is very far and regardless of how tight you do them up on a so-239, they are loose.

    Other than that, they never rusted etc so thats a plus.

    73’s
    vk2yi

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Greetings and thank you for the information. Good point! Someone else had pointed that out and had trouble tightening them up on some SO-239, but mine are tight. I have used them with my Icom 7300, 7610 and LDG antenna tuner.
      I had some difficulty with a antenna switch where it was loose.Other than that it has been perfect. Thank you again and I hope all is well where you are. Best 73 and good DX!

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