WOW! That's great! I am now able to log myself in as a 'D', or 'A', or 'V', or one of the others. I use D most of the time at home, but when the weather shifts, my DSL goes down and I switch to AT&T 'A' or Verizon 'V'. I will most likely restart my F2, since the hurricane season now started again.
Great Option, Don. Maybe some folks will comment on the best cellular for the various regions and parks. That would be handy. It's nice to be able to go anywhere, but I can't quite afford the $350+ to $500+ internet bills for all the combinations, any more.
I am currently looking at various cellular repeaters and antenna combinations on solidsignal.com. One major problem that those of us who live in areas prone to storms (is anyone not in one of those areas), is that when a major storm strikes, phones are knocked out, and even cellular towers are shut down for days. In the past, we would run on generators for power and raise the satellite dishes and we had communication.
Can we start a new thread and discuss the cellular repeaters and antennas. Is anyone having success with a specific combination? We like to travel, but just can't be away from internet.
Originally posted by Wayne and Judy Koehler: Maybe some folks will comment on the best cellular for the various regions and parks.
In specific spots it is possible that any of the myriad of cellular providers could be better than all of the others. For national use, though, I think that the map results speak loudly. Out of 25 showing a cellular symbol there are 20 V, 2 A, 1 S, and 2 O.
If you are looking for cellular amps and antennas you might want to look into the Cyfre brand. Nothing currently available due to FCC ruling but the new batch is due out soon and the results the company is claiming will be superior to anything currently available. There are also issue with the current amps and 4G so it's not a good time to be buying anything right now.
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I agree on the amps. I have a Wilson trucker that is mounted on a 10-inch-square steel platform (provides ground plane) that I can raise 4 feet above the roof. I find that in 4G it gives a major increase in range as long as I bypass the amplifier. In 3G there is only a tiny improvement with the amp in-line, so I usually leave it off.
Photo shows the platform and antenna, and also my external access point and antenna (which can be reversed to use as a bridge for a park's weak WiFi).
Thanks, I have not bought a current repeater, yet, and still work off of the bare bones systems. On a good day I can get 4G from Vz, but AT&T air cards give me consistent 3G...at this location. I want my F2 back in operation, so I'll call the number Bill showed for the RTC group and see if we can get together. The storm earlier in the week woke me up to the fact that this area is back into the hurricane season.
That's an elaborate set up, Don. I have been a Ham Radio operator for 53 years and collect pictures of the things people build. I helped a friend set another 50' tower in his back yard earlier in the year. Yours is better.
I think you are right, Bill. All the combinations on solidsignal look good, but all are limited. Mayb some of the other folks will share their knowledge. It's too expensive to just buy a box and hope it works.
The platform is a stock item on old Blue Birds, powered and operates in a pantograph method. So with my setup the cellular antenna remains vertical when up or down, and the rigid WiFi antenna swings down flat. Originally there was a disc TV antenna on the platform that had a rotor controlled from inside the coach, but it had long-since failed and I use satellite anyway...
Great picture and setup. My 5th wheel is a 43' Teton, and I am running out of room for additional attachments. Some of the local police dropped by one evening and wanted a tour. The satellite dishes (with the blue light) and the other 'whips' were peaking their curiosity.