The simplest thing to do is go directly to the Amphenol web site:
Once there, you can view the complete line of UHF series connectors,
with complete part numbers. There are also installation instructions,
drawings and detailed specifications. There is even a place to check
distributor stock/inventory. If you're looking for UHF series male
(PL-259) connectors there are, in fact, 8 different solder install
versions available. These have different combinations of plating and
A few words about electronic component distribution. Manufacturers
generally distribute (sell) their products through "franchised"
distributors. These are the Mousers, Digi-Key, Newark, Arrow, Avnets of
the world. In addition, they may also sell directly to other
distribution outlets. These might be the distributors we as hams
typically purchase from. These non-franchised distributors may also buy
from franchised distributors if they are not placing large enough orders
to purchase directly from the manufacturer (Amphenol). Be advised
though that these non-franchised distributors can buy UHF connectors
from ANYONE and sell them....this is the stuff you see at hamfests in a
plastic bin or plastic bag.
What does all this mean? If you really want Amphenol connectors you
either have to buy directly from them in LARGE quantities or you have to
buy from one of their franchised distributors. You can find these
distributors by checking the above web site link.
Speaking of buying Amphenol connectors at hamfests. I looked all over
the flea market and commercial exhibitors for Amphenol UHF barrel
connectors (double female). I never found ANY available at any price
manufactured by Amphenol other than a few used ones in poor condition in
a cardboard box. If I remember, I did see some Amphenol PL-259's at a
few commercial exhibitors and if I recall they were asking in the
neighborhood of $7.00 each! Yikes!
Be sure of what you're buying and who you're buying them from. Always
specify a manufacturer and a complete manufacturer's part number.
On 5/30/2012 8:57 PM, Paul Christensen wrote:
> There are at least three variations of the 83-1SP. I believe the silver
> pin, silver body version is the one Bob mentioned. Although it has an
> "Astroplate" shell (as it's stronger than brass/silver) and a Phenolic
> insulator. Not sure what Astroplate is but it seems to be a hard Nickel
> variant. The 83-1SP-15RFX an 83-1SP-1050 do not have silver bodies, nor
> silver shells.
> The Amphenol 83-886 has a silver pin, silver body, and Teflon insulator
> although I believe the shell is Astroplate, again for good connector
> strength. I've found these to be more difficult to locate as many vendors
> don't keep a normal inventory of this connector. Anyway, that's been my
> take on this very confusing product from Amphenol.
> Paul, W9AC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bryan Swadener"<email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:39 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Amphenol 83-1SP
>> Hi Bob,
>> The DXE part is silver-plated w/ Teflon insulation. The Amphenol part you
>> mentioned (83-1SP-15RFX is nickel-plated with mica-filled phenolic
>> insulation. I'll stick with the DXE part.
>> I'm far from rich but, in the bigger picture as far as cost is concerned,
>> we're talking peanuts. It would matter if I had an on-going need. It
>> doesn't because I don't. But, thanks anyway. I bought from DXE 'cuz
>> they're small compared to Mouser, they're hams, and they have the best
>> deal on the coax I was looking for (DXE400MAX-500).
>> The other connector I mentioned (Amphenol 83-58FCP-RFX) is the best I've
>> found for RG-58. It's perfect for Field Day.
>> vy 73,
>> Bryan WA7PRC
>> Bob K6UJ wrote:
>>> They look like good fittings but at $2.75 each, but
>>> you can do better from Mouser. You can get the
>>> Amphenol 83-1SP
>>> fittings for $2.00 each individually and for a quantity of
>>> 10 they are $1.86 each.
>>> Bryan WA7PRC wrote:
>>>> For RG8-size cable, I've been VERY happy with the UHF
>>> male fittings from DX Engineering (pn DXE-PL259).
>>> They're not Amphenol but are still VERY nice. For RG-58
>>> cable, I use only Amphenol #83-58FCP.
>>>> vy 73,
>>>> Bryan WA7PRC
>>>>> Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 17:37:38 -0500
>>>>> From: John K0CQW
>>>>> Subject: Amphenol 83-1SP
>>>>> Must be the lack of sun spots ? Why can I not get a
>>>>> to send me Amphenol 83-1SP when I specifically ask
>>> for these?
>>>>> They always send "other"
>>>>> Any suppliers????
>>>>> Thanks de John K0CQW
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