- Apr 5, 2019
What do you guys use for cellphone antenna? I have the weboost 3g amplifier but the small antenna that comes with it yields very minimal gain.
Did you use the small magnetic antenna that came with it or you used another type of antenna? Thanks for the reply. It did gave me about 1 bar extra signal with the small magnetic antennaJust stating it yields minimal boost doesn't tell us anything. Many things can cause poor gain IE how good is the reception before boosting. Are you in a heavily forested area, mountainous terrain, how high is the antenna mounted, I have the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV and at 15' high with only 1 bar showing on the phone I get great boost to 3 bars when I turn it on. This is 4g, 3g is even better.
I us a 18' pool cleaner pole $25 will get you another 2+ bars. You also need to know where the cell tower is as you have a directional antenna that needs to be adjusted for maximum reception.Did you use the small magnetic antenna that came with it or you used another type of antenna? Thanks for the reply. It did gave me about 1 bar extra signal with the small magnetic antenna
Thanks very much for the info.In my work vehicle I have a Wilson booster with standard rooftop antenna. If I’m getting 1-2 bars but won’t hook up the booster gets 3-4 bars, solid 1 bar goes 2 maybe 3, and in&out 1 will net 2. So about 1 level up with the booster. Sometimes it will pull something out of nowhere, but sometimes not.
The Yagi mentioned above works well. We use them with the FTS, (Field Telephone System) units on our remote sensing stations. As mentioned about others, it also needs to be up in the air for best results.
I just bought the InReach Mini - great little gadget for life safety, might be a little $ for simply "staying in touch" though it will do that - easier when paired to a cell phone.Are you looking for a phone to use for data, emergencies, or does your workplace require you to stay in contact?
These work very well for emergency use and sending/receiving texts. https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/
I usually seek out places with no cell coverage for camping, but that's just me.