The biggest problem with PL259 connectors is not the loss, often not as bad as rumoured but the completely naff way the coax is connected to them.
Compared to fitting N or BNC connectors PL259s are just so bush league. Nothing says “failure comes as standard” more than seeing a UHF antenna
with a long run of RG58 terminated in a PL259 with a paxolin
The PL259… the chocolate brown, rusty Austin Allegro of the RF connector world.
Andy I could not agree with you any more! The above comments made me smile somewhat!
I have already voice my opinions on this site with regards PL-259! They really are the most vile things used for radios!
Why we have to put up with them on every single mobile/base radio I have no idea! I recently purchased a transverter for 4m and paid the the manufacturer an extra 5 pounds to fit N types! Just wish the Icom/Yaesu and Chinese made radios would fit Ns/BNC or TNC as standard! TNC would be a great choice of plug on the hill! Screwthread and lightweight!
Anyway have fallen off the soapbox, good luck with the Aircell! I am sure it will work well fo you!
73 Matt 2E0XTL