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Coaxial Cable Connectors and Accessories Part 3: DX Engineering Solder-Type PL-259 and Type N Connectors

In Part 2 of our series on Coaxial Cable Connectors and Accessories, we examined DX Engineering Next Generation Crimp/Solder 8U and 8X PL-259 Connectors—the ideal choice for best performance with double-shielded cables. When you’re using single-shielded coax, though, you’ll want to look into DX Engineering Solder-Type PL-259 and Type N Connectors. These two-part, silver-plated connectors are soldered to both the shield and center conductor to assure excellent performance for your HF, VHF, and UHF applications.

Features include:

  • Low loss and high electrical breakdown
  • Silver-plated brass throughout the outer and inner conductors
  • PTFE dielectric—the best RF connector insulator
  • Fits RG-213, RG-8U and other standard size, 0.405 inch single-braid shield coaxial cables that are intended to be soldered
  • Available in packages of 6

Also available are DX Engineering Silver-Plated Reducers that adapt these standard solder PL-259 and Type N connectors for use with single-shield RG-8X and RG-58U size coaxial cables.

What do hams say?

Five Stars: “Typical of DX Engineering-branded products, these connectors are of excellent quality. I asked two hams about solder vs. crimp and as expected got three answers. Having been soldering stuff for 50+ years I decided to solder and these connectors accepted solder well.”

Five Stars: “Well built, easy to install and work like a charm! None better. Highly recommended!”

Five Stars: “I bought coax connectors from another Ham Radio source and they were very cheap quality. I broke several with just over-tightening with my hand! These connectors from DX Engineering are strong and well made. Very happy with these connectors.”

If you’d prefer to have your connectors pre-installed, choose from these two convenient options:

  • Premade cable assemblies in a variety of types and lengths (3 feet to 200 feet), with DX Engineering’s Next Generation Crimp/Solder 8U or 8X PL-259 connectors installed on both ends or BNC male ends in some cases.
  • Made to spec (type of cable, connectors on both ends, length) using the online DX Engineering Custom Cable Builder at DXEngineering.com. Choose from Next Generation PL-259 Crimp/Solder, N Male, N Female, SO-239 (UHF Female), and PL-259 Amphenol 83-1SP connectors.  

Looking for a one-stop-shop for all your coaxial cable and connector needs? Visit DXEngineering.com for cables, connectors, cable prep and crimping tools and kits, soldering irons and accessories, connector adapters, and more. 

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