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Old 03-20-2003, 11:47 AM
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Is there a way to tap into my boat radio antenna or any other way to increase my cell phone reach? I lose a signal at about 8 miles out. Thanks Greggo
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Old 03-20-2003, 11:56 AM
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The first step would be to get hooked into an external antenna if your cell phone has an external antenna port. I don't think your existing vhf antenna will work, but they do make combo antennas http://www.digitalantenna.com/vhf600.html They also make signal boosters but they are pricey and their effectiveness depends on the type of frequency you cell carrier uses. The best way to go is to use an old 3 watt analog bagphone if you can find a carrier that still supports analog. In Massachusetts, Cingular says I can prepay for analog service with no monthly charge or connnection fee, so its perfect for seasonal us.
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There are combination antennas for VHF/Cellular, but I have never been a believer in the dual purpose crap, especially when the VHF is involved. Most have problems or impair efficiency.

You can add an external antenna. One of the members here posted info on a WILSON unit that I installed and it really improves signal strength on receive and transmit. My results are based on using it on my boat which is still on the trailer. Based on the improvement, I'm convinced that my on-water range will be a lot better.

Here is the web site on the WILSON antenna:

http://www.alternativewireless.com/c...r-antenna.html

I got the "TRUCKER" (15db Gain) model which through bolts through my Hard Top. The kit come with quality S/S and Brass hard ware and cable. They have magnetic mounts as well as through glass or windshield mounts also.

Whichever antenna you decide on, you will need to purchase an adapter to connect to your cell phone. I have a NOKIA w/o the little "nubby antenna" and they have a snap on adapter that works great.

If you want to go full bore there is also a "linear amplifier" (legal) that you can purchase to add to your antenna set up . I saw it in the Consumer Marine catalog for $298. It is made by DIGITAL antenna, who also have a line of cellular antennas. I don't doubt that they are great, but they cost a lot more than the WILSON.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks guys. I'll get to work. Greggo
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