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


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)



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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Al Bisasky
1 year ago


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.



Dick N3HKN
1 year ago

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….

William E Davis
1 year ago

Would this connector work on RG-8X?

Cromwell Campbell
1 year ago

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!


1 year ago

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


Brian NF0G
1 year ago

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

Brian NF0G
1 year ago

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

Kent Eichstaedt
1 year ago

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

8 months ago

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.


Mike Sajdowitz
4 months ago

Rich, Watched your PL-259 video and was impressed. went to eBay and ordered and received 2 10 packs connectors for future use. Great video 73’s


4 months ago

Thanks for this! I bought some that didn’t come with any instructions, needed a little help to figure out which order all the bits went 🙂

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