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limelite
Newbie Question - What kind of video jack is this?
on Sep 6, 2005 at 1:43:25 pm

Hey everyone,

I'm trying to identify the type of video jack this is. It's older and I think was used mostly in prosumer and/or broadcast settings in the 70s-80s (I've seen it on some older linear editing systems). I'm trying to find a cable/adapter so that I can hook a standard phono/RCA cable into it but I don't know what it is called so I can't track one down anywhere. Any help you can offer is appreciated. Also, do you know if I can find what I need to convert that jack to phon/RCA at Radio Shack or is it something I will probably have to dig around for online?

Thanks! A picture of the video jack is below.

http://image.inkfrog.com/pix/a0197572/IMG_0482.JPG

-Limelite


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Matte
Re: Newbie Question - What kind of video jack is this?
on Sep 6, 2005 at 2:08:14 pm

PL259 or "UHF" or "Military" Jack.

These are common in CB and other radio antenna connections.

There are adapters to convert to an RCA jack at Radio Shack.

That will work perfectly.


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Chuck Reti
Re: Newbie Question - What kind of video jack is this?
on Sep 6, 2005 at 6:05:32 pm

Just to nit-pick, the socket connector pictured is an SO-239. The PL259 is the mating plug.
RadioShack will probably only have "GOLD" adaptors that cost three times as much as plain metal.


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ScottGfx
Re: Newbie Question - What kind of video jack is this?
on Sep 7, 2005 at 7:35:12 am

It was also at one time the most common connector for composite video. I don't think the BNC connector replaced it until the mid to late 1970's. I've seen old RCA video DAs from the late 1960's that used PL-259s... They were still in use at a TV station I worked at in the late 1990's! They might still be there.


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Matte
Re: What kind of video jack is this? PL-259 WEBSITE
on Sep 7, 2005 at 4:33:31 pm

Its amazing what you can find on Google.

There is actually a "PL-259" website (sort of).

http://www.pl-259.com/page1.html

There is every kind of adapter that goes to and from this kind of connector.

Good prices, too!


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