[TowerTalk] Cellphone signal boosters

Jim Thomson jim.thom at telus.net
Wed Jul 26 11:47:58 EDT 2017

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:34:18 -0500
From: "ve4xt at mymts.net" <ve4xt at mymts.net>
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: [TowerTalk] Cellphone signal boosters

Hi TTers,

Does anyone have experience with systems purporting to boost access to weak cell towers?

Where our cottage is located, our cell coverage often arrives from the other side of Lake Winnipeg, about 25 miles away. In summer, one bar on the phone's "s-meter" is the most we can hope for. Data moves at a glacial pace.

I've found online systems comprising an outdoor yagi, an amplifier and an indoor panel antenna said to serve as a sort-of repeater to offer stronger reception and improved data rates.

Do these work?

73, kelly, ve4xt 

##  Too bad the cell phone didnt come with a bnc connector, but then u would be stuck in one part of the cottage... tied to the coax. 

##  You might want to google reviews of any of the  online systems  you mentioned.  Enter make and model model... space.... reviews..or review. 
Then do it for a bunch of em.    Then if enough reviews, esp with stuff on amazon.com, you will get a feel for whether model XXX  actually 
works, and reliability, product warranty, if it lasts for more than a year etc.  Is outdoor ant built right, will it handle ice + snow, or does it have 
to be removed every fall, etc.   

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