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catching signal from abroad 90 km away from the border?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Barciurek, May 4, 2009.

  1. Barciurek

    Barciurek Junior Member
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    Hi
    One time when I was laying in my bed at night in city of Lublin in Poland I did manual network search... it wasn't raining but thunderstorms were heavy.. And to my surprise besides 3 regular (Plus GSM, Era, Orange) I also got Ukrainian networks! I tried to register and they either said Access denied or No operator found.. is it possible that the thunderstorm brought the signal so far? Normally you would never see that happen.
     
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  2. Jay2TheRescue

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    I guess anything's possible when a radio wave skips. I remember when I was on a regional plan I once was able to make a call on my home network about 50 miles from the nearest tower. That was in the old analog days though. I doubt that can be done with digital. This may explain why you could see the network, but not be able to log on.
     
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  3. KyleAndMelissa22

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    I had a similar situation happen to me, when I was getting Alltel SIDs from 50 - 100 miles away from me,
    very highly unusual, but radio stations were doing the same thing as well, which is more common here.

    See this thread:

    Cell Phone Signal DX'ing - Wireless Advisor

    I was going to goto Lake Placid someday soon, and do some field testing atop Whiteface Mountain
    to see if I could get CDMA signals & SIDs from Canada, about 45 miles north of there...
     
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    Barciurek,

    If you like this sort of UHF distant reception, it's one of many fields in amateur radio (radiosport). You couldn't register on the distant GSM systems because you were further than 35 km from the sites, more than Timing Advance could allow for.

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