Solving an RV Resort Problem
|One of our problems which need solutions is cell phone reception. I have tried three different cell phone antennas and finally believe I've found one that solves the problem. This is a Wilson antenna with a magnetic base. It is designed for a vehicle with a ferrous metal roof for the magnet. Since we have a rubber roof I put a piece of primed, galvanized steel on the roof. Before buying|
|the steel I called Wilson to learn what size was needed. When I attended the communication seminar at the Great North American RV Rally, I learn an antenna of this type needs a metal "plain" to direct the signals. Wilson Tech department told me I needed at least 8 inches|
to glue the metal to the roof.
You will get about 10 feet of antenna wire with the antenna. This wire is brought in a window. I may notch or drill the the rubber molding so as not pinch the cable but I haven't decided about that yet.
|You will need an adaptor cable to connect the antenna cable with your phone. The adaptor cable must run down the back of your phone so is equipped with Velcro to hold the cable in place. Since we have two phones, we purchased additional Velcro for the second phone and|
intend to use this Velcro to attach the antenna cable to the side of the fifth wheel.
This partially solves the problem. Partially because the phone batteries lose power quickly in analog which is what we have at the lake. When that happens the reception becomes poor again. We would need to buy a different style power
|charger to connect to AC and the antenna at the same time. We are delaying that purchase since our cell phone contracts will expire soon and we may want to upgrade these two year old phones. We'll still need the external antenna with new phones however. We've been using this new antenna for about five days now (it's August 18, 2005) and are still happy with our solution. If that changes, I'll let you know as I did with the thermometer.|
|August 23, 2005: Update ... Ron, an RVeCafe reader has emailed me to suggest another solution to my cell phone problem. I will say that I have spent about $35 to solve this problem and so far, although not perfect, my solution seems to be working. You will see that Ron's suggestion is considerably more expensive. Ron has provided some very valuable links with his solution. So here you go:|
|The repeater is the big deal in Arch's case. It doesn't matter which
phone you have, because it isn't directly connected to the repeater. An
amplifier is cheaper, but requires a direct connection.
Cell Phone Repeater
It is a Wilson Dual Band RV/Trucker antenna. I also got the 800 MHz in
vechicle Amp. I got all of this from Alternative Wireless.com. Total
price $497.35 including shipping. ---------- The pics show his
installation and some comments.
There is now a company that makes a dual band repeater:
<Hi, I recall some messaging a while back where we were talking the
limitations of most extenders at the time being limited to the 1900 Mhz
bandwith. Well I've seen my first that actually reports to handle the 800
Mhz and 1900 Mhz bands. Sigma Automotive offers portable and built-in
automotive amplifiers that, according to their web site, offers users
10-times more signal strength. Their signal boosters work with most
carrier protocols (Analog/AMPS, CDMA, TDMA and GSM) at 800 & 1900 MHz -- and, is compatable with Bluetooth technology. It provides gain in both transmit and receive paths. Best yet, for the carpool lane, the units
work with up to three phones simultaneously. The pointer is:
Also, you can also visit
enter your zip code and locate your service provider to verify that your
service is in the 1900 band. (Note: PCS systems run at 1900 MHz; many
Cellular systems runs at 800 MHz.)>
|As it turns out, I use US Cellular which runs at 800 MHz. Thanks Ron.|
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