The female equivalent of the PL259 is an SO239 usually available at the same locations and both are ubiquitous. BNC connectors (typically that type on a handheld) is often the preferred connector for VHF but either will suffice unless you really want to get picky.
The one suggestion I have is that you reconsider the type coax. RG8X has a characteristic loss much higher than some better quality types. Also, not all RG8X is equivalent - many have an inferior braid percentage exacerbating the loss.
The attached link will allow you to investigate which type coax you may want to use:
I'm not a fan of crimp on coax connectors. If you know how to solder properly, you will end up with a much more permanent and efficient connection if you solder them.