Which antenna? Yagi, cone, trucker, other? HELP Need to amplify Alltel Signal!
Iím doing the research on setting up an antenna/amplifier system to increase signal strength as Iím in an area that has lousy coverage no matter what carrier I choose (I've tried 'em all) :doh: Ė but could use some advice on components.
The most important part to start is the type of antenna so the amplifiers/repeaters have something to work with Ė but Iím lost in reading conflicting info from manufactures. Yagi, Dome, Cone and a million other types has me frustrated.
I would rather go with a mobile system but from what Iíve read so far most are more form areas that get at least a couple bars consistently Ė which is not the case here Ė so I stuck with investing more. I found one that is a yagi dual band directional antenna that has 14 elements and says 24 db gain for $99, but makes me think itís a miss-print as most are substantially less.
I know I have to buy a low loss cable to make allowance for what will inevitably be lost as I run it 40-50í. Is anyone familiar with this antenna? When I look at Wilson yagis Ė they have half the gain? I plan to go with a Wilson dual band amplifier because from what they show in their test results they are better for recognizing lower signals compared to Cyfre and others that boast more about not interfering with towers and using software to regulate.
I had Nextelís when I moved here but canceled because their IDen network is useless in this area, then went with Sprint but it was inconstant, called Verizon and was told I was on a fringe area that may not get good signal, and ended up with Alltel as a last resort.
Although I pay Alltel for service my phone simply says ďno serviceĒ most of the time. I havenít decided what to do on the inside and use a razr v9m phone that the Wilson amplifier will be either patched to or using a Wilson cradle. (another consideration is that although the area is currently 1-x , my phone is caplable to handle EDVO and Rev A, if it ever becomes available and Iíd also like to get a Data Card if the system works to replace my equally useless dial-up net connection)
I donít have LOS of the nearest tower about 5 miles away and live in a small valley Ė but plan to mount it on top of a 20í telephone pole. Another question is how to test the gain as I ďfine-tuneĒ the direction to maximize the antenna? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the length of this post but I wanted to ask the experts what to do before plunking down a bunch of cash. Thanks - TJ
Here's thelink to the yago i mentioned - is it a good one or mis-advertized junk? http://www.cellphonemall.net/wireles...5_sku44006.htm
maybe parabolic instead of yagi?
Thanks everyone for your input so far. Iíve also been looking at parabolic or grid antennas Ė has anyone compared these to yagi? (shango6 - i looked at the link but didn't see any grid antennas of 24db) I read somewhere that yagis are best for direct line of site and typically limited to only a couple miles whereas Iím a minimum 5 miles away from the nearest tower. A couple additional considerations in the setup inside with the amp purchased. The razr 2 v9m only has one port that would have to be used to charge, so Iíll have to either patch to the amp output or use a dome or other inside antenna to receive the signal. Another consideration is that I plan to purchase newer landline phones, that are dect 6.0 and have Bluetooth that will allow me to use the handset to talk on cell using the home handset, so I can make use of the night and weekend minutes that I cannot now.