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Old 05-03-2010
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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:

http://www.timesmicrowave.com/cgi-bin/calculate.pl

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.
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