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Old 10-24-2015, 08:18 AM
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I would like to extend the useful offshore range of my iPhone. I figure that an antenna mounted on the T-top will extend my range and a booster will strengthen the signal. But I'm having difficulty finding the right cell phone booster and antenna arrangement for an open center console. Both Digital and Wilson make wideband antennas that carry 4G but they are short, not sure if that matters but it does if cell waves travel like VHF. And the boosters don't seem to hit the mark. Digital has no booster for 4G and Wilson's cradle booster seems weak and cumbersome. Wilson's non-cradle repeater/boosters that set up an area hot spot aren't intended for center console boats since the signal may interfere with the T-top antenna and cause the booster to shut down; they are meant for a cabin.What are the options for extending cell phone range offshore in a 30' center console boat?
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Wilson is now known as Weboost.

Get a Drive 4g-X with a marine antenna.

Done and done.

Wilson is the gold standard in this department. Trust me everyone in remote Alaska knows this company very well!

Don't worry about the size of the antenna.

Expect to spend about $500-600 for the equipment.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
Wilson is now known as Weboost. Get a Drive 4g-X with a marine antenna. Done and done. Wilson is the gold standard in this department. Trust me everyone in remote Alaska knows this company very well! Don't worry about the size of the antenna. Expect to spend about $500-600 for the equipment.
That's what I am looking at, very impressive, but my concern is that the signal from the "inside" antenna will cause what they call oscillation with the T-top antenna because the boat is a center console open fisherman and they will be relatively close. How far do the two antennas have to be separated to prevent that? I'll spend the money if it works.

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Before you mount everything try it out.

Give weboost a call and ask them.

I can tell you this they absolutely work (magically so).

If it's like the "home" systems the "inside" antenna is directional and you can try aiming it in different directions (this would be where your phone will get the boost).
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these are worth a look I recently purchased one of these with a 7 ft antenna supposed to give about 21 nm better distance here in perth wa I just added a 10gb data sim to it the beauty of this is everyone on your boat can use it for internet as well as 3g relay
http://www.netcommwireless.com/product/3g/ntc-30wv-02

good luck
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That's what I am looking at, very impressive, but my concern is that the signal from the "inside" antenna will cause what they call oscillation with the T-top antenna because the boat is a center console open fisherman and they will be relatively close. How far do the two antennas have to be separated to prevent that? I'll spend the money if it works.
About a foot or so. In my shop I have a booster located 3 feet from the desk - a reasonable simulacrum for a small boat cabin. No interference.
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Oscillation is not an issue with the new small boat cell signal boosters because they have separate Helm antenna that delivers signal to and from your cell phone. Check out image shown in "How does it work?"

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Been on a lot of commercial boats with different set up and have yet to see one worth the price paid.
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Shakespeare offers one that is intended for marine use:
CA-VAT-10-R AnyWhere SuperHALO 4G/3G/2G Cellular Booster Kit | Shakespeare Marine Antennas The kit is about $1020 complete.
( I have not tried it.)
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how far would it extend cell range on average

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