[TenTec] Connector tightening

Paul Christensen w9ac at arrl.net
Fri Jul 29 14:25:13 PDT 2011

The Amphenol 83-886 is also a viable candidate as are the connectors from RF 
Industries, sold through Tessco.  There's definitely a lot of junk PL-259s 
out there, and that includes the gold-plated types.  I would eliminate any 
gold-plated PL-259 connector from serious discussion.

I think the best outdoor PL-259 is the Multicomp UHF with clamp.


Unlike the soldered PL-259, it assembles like an "N" male, and allows the 
user to inspect his/her work before final assembly.  It's really not a 100% 
waterproof connector, but it is far more water resistant than any other 

I try to avoid tape of any kind when assembling an outdoor connector, even 
when combined with a product like Scotchkote.  I would rather make every 
attempt to protect the connector from the elements by simply pushing it up 
inside a small UV resistant container where the connector can breathe but is 
not in direct contact with water.

Paul, W9AC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Brown" <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com>
To: <tentec at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 5:03 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Connector tightening

> On 7/29/2011 1:14 PM, Stuart Rohre wrote:
>> You can easily carry a good UHF receptacle to a ham fest and test the
>> offerings of PL 259 plugs for good fit before buying.
> Why bother?  A ham would be CRAZY to buy anything but Amphenol 83-1SP.
> Nearly everything else is JUNK.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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