The rental house is on the downside of a hill and the cellphone
coverage is poor. Up the driveway it is fine.
Any experience with any of the cell phone boosters?
I see some are tethered to the phone, in which case an antenna would
be just as well. Some rebroadcast both ways. I'd like to spend less than
$200, but you know how that goes!
I'm halfway thinking of a Pringles can (or some such waveguide
antenna) facing the tower, but elevated, connected to a half (or quarter
if there is a ground plane) wave dipole. Seems like the can would have a
ton of gain. Crazy?
What's the problem?
It's mostly that I need to go up about 5 feet.
That looks like: a 4 1/4" (for 1900 mHz) can at least that long.
Perhaps a 1/4" hole 1.63" from the bottom, with 1.63" of wire sticking
both into and out of the can mounted in a bit of plex. Orient the can
vertically and point it at the nearest cellphone tower, which is visible.
Am I missing something that you know of?
You clearly dont know much about antennas. Not that that is
a major problem if you can find a decent set of plans for one.
Whats that based on, where the driveway is ?
I still think that if your cellphone can accept and external antenna,
and most cant, that it makes a lot more sense to just buy the sort
of antenna thats designed for a car or RV instead and use that.
Yes, thats a wifi cantenna, not a cellphone cantenna.
The frequencys are completely different.
Your original shows that you dont understand the basics with the
bit about the dipole. That cantenna doesnt use anything like that.
Corse you do need to check that your cellphone can take an external antenna
first, most cant.
Yes, I know, which is why I tuned it for 1900 mHz rather than (I
I think I have some grasp on dipoles (held an Amateur Advanced [seems
like misnomer]) at 16 and have built my share of antennas.
That a cantenna doesnt use anything like that.
The feed element is tuned to a 1/4 wave. Think of a 1/4 vertical with
the can being the ground plane, it is large enough wavelength wise.
I thought you were following the passive repeater bit. What I'm
thinking is something of an improved version of this:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Hey, if you know something about this, put in something constructive,
otherwise it's back in the virtual kill file.
And talk to what with it? All the old bag phones I have seen are analog,
which is basically gone at this point.
OP needs a cell repeater or femtocell device. He'll cry at the price,
though, even online. Google 'residential cell phone booster', figure out
correct model. and then try to find a cheaper one on ebay.
Or just get rid of the cell phone and get a real phone. After a month
you won't even miss it.
My point being, that other than the fact they are used to it and/or
addicted to it, how many people really NEED a cell phone to survive,
personally or career-wise? Mine lives in my briefcase, and I turn it on
once a week to clear the wrong-number messages. I actually carry it in
my pocket and switched on, maybe 4-5 days a year, when I am traveling,
or need to meet up with some contractor or something. That is worth the
8 bucks a month to me. But 50 bucks a month or more for a smartphone?
What for? I have a computer at work, and a computer at home. I can tough
it out for the 15 minute commute. I refuse to be a cell phone zombie
wandering around the grocery store or mall or city street, hunched over
looking at a tiny screen.
It aint about survival, its about convenience.
If you do need a cellphone anyway, it may not be
worth it for HIM to pay for a fixed line phone as well
if he can make the cellphone work cheaply at home.
Actually that sounds quaint and how folks used to use cellphones when
they cost $1/minute and had 1 hour battery life.
We don't have a landline. Everyone in my family and most of my friends
are on the same carrier so we have "free" calling.
I think cellphones have incredible utility value. Just yesterday morning
I had a two hour drive to meet someone and about ten minutes into the
ride the guy called and said he had a family emergency and needed to
reschedule. If my phone was turned off I would have wasted 4 hours of
driving. And with a smartphone I can often resolve stuff in minutes.
Also I can search stuff, look up prices, get notifications on deliveries
and handy stuff like being able to check the weather radar when we are
out cycling to decide how long we have until the storm instead of the
old days of "rain is forecast , lets ride another day"
yup yup yup
also my cellphone has free unlimited mobile-to-mobile minutes no
matter who the carrier is, and free "night and weekend" minutes so
it's a very rare call (would have to be during the day, on a weekday,
and to a land line) for which I actually get charged minutes. And I
have 450 of those a month. I don't talk on the phone nearly enough to
get to that. I finally drank the Kool-Aid and got a smart phone a
couple months ago, and it's cool as heck, but even before that, I was
cell only for about seven years just because the convenience of the
cell was great, and with high-speed internet there was no longer any
compelling reason at all to pay for a land line which pretty much
would never get used. (why would I make a LD call from a land line
and get charged for it, when I can make the same call for free from my
And, like I said, it works, without hassle. Unlike the last THREE
times I got a land line from V*****n, about whom I don't have the
vocabulary to clearly explain to you just how badly and in how many
different ways they suck. And I am quite fluent in colloquial English
How are the international rates on your cell? Do dial-around services
work on them? I have wacko relatives that insist on living on the other
side of the puddle.
And why are you replying to a month-old thread?
Really? I think that I'd miss having my cell phone, seeing as it
actually works, as opposed to the last land line that I had (which
Verizon claimed worked, and had no problem charging me for, but would
stop working if it was raining, humid, windy, etc. or even for no
discernable reason.) My monthly cell bill was cheaper than my (basic,
no long distance) land line bill too.
There's a reason that I haven't had a land line in years, and it
starts with "V" and ends in "erizon."
Talk to your cellular service provider. When I complained to Sprint about poor
signal strength in my home, they shipped me -- free of charge -- a microcell
that sends the signal via internet. Signal in my living room went from one bar
to five bars. It's been installed about two years now, and we haven't had any
trouble with it at all.
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