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Ext Antenna Quest (& Sharon, MA Quest)

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Robert111, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. Robert111

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    Hello:

    Using Verizon, which work very well for me everywhere except
    in my home town of Sharon, Mass. Lots of drops during the conversation.

    Thinking of trying one of those small external antennas that one hooks into
    the cel-phone via a thin ten foot length of coax to hopefully improve things.

    The one I'm thinking of is $ 20, and has a 1 inch diameter magnetic base with a 4 inch vertically oriented whip coming out of it.

    If anyone has a spare minute, perhaps you might take a look at the following link.
    It is Model CA04M shown on: http://www.cellantenna.com/Antennas/magneticmount.htm#CA04M

    a. Anyone ever use one of these, or anything similar ?
    Effective, etc. ?

    b. It says that:

    "It is for "Tri Mode Tri Band 800 MHZ and 1900 Mhz. For all TDMA, CDMA, iDEN, PCS, GSM systems"

    Will this be compatible with my Verizon service ?

    Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

    BTW: Anyone know if Verizon will be improving their Sharon, MA service
    anytime soon (or why it's so poor) ?

    Thanks,
    Bob



    Thanks,

    Bob
     
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    How are the other carriers in your area?
     
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    I used to use one of those with my StarTac and my V60t and I lived in an area with many cellular dead zones at the time. It filled in almost all of my coverage gaps. I remember driving from Lake Arrowhead to Manassas there was absolutely no signal for most of the 45 minute trip down the back country roads. With the external antenna plugged in and on the roof of my car I was actually able to make and recieve calls for most of the trip. I also ocasionally drove to Massanutten Ski Resort which was outside of my regional calling plan. In the higher elevations with the antenna I was actually able to communicate with a "home" tower and avoid roaming charges. I paid $40 for my 6" external antenna at a cell phone store in the middle of nowhere. The guy sold a lot of them as people needed them where he was. He also sold antennas he called "ugly sticks" which replaced the antenna on the phone with a small flexible rubber antenna about 2-3 inches long which he said also helped in fringe areas. I didn't go for one of those because I felt it probably negatively impacted the phone's SAR rating.

    I hope this info helps you, Jay
     
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    Update / correction - I remembered 6" but when I looked in the back of the car the antenna I used was actually closer to a foot long w/ a 3" base. I think I'm a bit young for my memory to start failing... LOL

    -Jay
     
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    There is no question that these antennas work. I have one about the size your thinking of. Expect about a 10x signal gain with one of these on the roof of your car. I've done quite a few tests with these mini mag mounts.

    Good luck
     

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