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Old 09-08-2009, 03:45 PM   #15
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An external antenna is better but with the higher frequency of cell phones, any obstruction causes problems. Wet leaves or rain are probably worse than being inside an airstream (lots of windows) as the higher frequencies are blocked in a manner similar to light (hence the "line of sight" issues with digital TV and satellite reception.

If you have a signal outside the AS then inside would also work well with the right setup (and an external antenna would help if marginal) but it really wonít help much if you donít have a signal to begin with.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:15 AM   #16
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Silver- thank you for the link. i checked it out. indeed, my phone does have a port; this is where i insert the charger cable's male end when i charge the phone. also, it can be used as an usb port so i can use the phone to connect with my pc.
i imagine there would be somewhere on the outside of the mobile home that has metal, so i could just pop the antenna on it.
but, let's hope that i won't even need such a thing!
again, thankyou for your help!
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:16 AM   #17
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:44 AM   #18
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Something else to keep in mind, some models of phones as well as different manufacturers of phones will all work differently in similar circumstances...Maybe have friends with different phones hang out with you and check the quality of their signals...AND turning the phone off then back on will force it to find the nearest tower, something it MIGHT not do if its just left on...
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:01 PM   #19
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yada yada ............ because the trailer is a Faraday Cage.
And a good thing too! I saw a picture of an SOB once (which doesnt cage Faradays well) where the Faradays got out and TORE IT UP. Worse than a leaky window you don't know about.....
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:40 PM   #20
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We also have Verizon after having many of the other companies listed. It is the only one we have found that will do good service at home (urban) and in the country. The close tower to the house changes contract service priority about every year it seemed. The tower is close but "who" had priority to the tower seemed to be the issue. That makes me think I should buy some Verizon stock to help keep the company in business...[smile].
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:25 PM   #21
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And a good thing too! I saw a picture of an SOB once (which doesnt cage Faradays well) where the Faradays got out and TORE IT UP. Worse than a leaky window you don't know about.....
They had probably fed their Faradays.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:32 PM   #22
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Our cell phone seems to do better in our Excella with the wrap around front windows than it does in the Caravel.
The same with WIFI.
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Our cell phone seems to do better in our Excella with the wrap around front windows than it does in the Caravel.
The same with WIFI.
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Now that you mention it, that's my experience with my Excella vs the Trade Wind.
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Old 01-01-2010, 03:38 PM   #24
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Bubblefoil insulation on the windows for winter cuts my indoor reception completely. But the aliens will never find me either. TINFOIL HAT!
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:04 AM   #25
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Excellent phone reception test

Dear Snog:

The best way to test reception when you go to the park is to find an aluminum clad trailer (any SOB will do) and while making a call walk slowly completely around the trailer viewing the number of bars you have from different sides of the trailer. The side with the weakest signal is away from the nearest tower. This may help you in selecting a spot for your Airstream that will give you the best signal. It's best to position the phone nearest the largest expanse of windows in the trailer.

When using an outdoor antenna, mount it towards the tower and with no aluminum reflections behind it.
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:09 PM   #26
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[QUOTE=Secguru;790026]Dear Snog:
1) while making a call walk slowly completely around the trailer viewing the number of bars you have from different sides of the trailer. The side with the weakest signal is away from the nearest tower.
NOTE: This is not necessarly complete true, likely but not completely true, a cell phone is a radio and many things can interfere with the signal when moving to different areas.
2) It's best to position the phone nearest the largest expanse of windows in the trailer.
NOTE: This is always true the less obsticals for the signal will help the reception.
3) When using an outdoor antenna, mount it towards the tower and with no aluminum reflections behind it.
NOTE: This depends if you are referrng to the side of the antenna or the bottom, an aluminmum pie plate or the aluminmum of the AS under the antenna will act as a ground plane and help the reception of the signal. The signal does not radiate out to the sides but in a ball bounce manner, Ex is if you stood with a ball and bounced it off the ground about a foot in front of you is how the signal travels off all antennas.

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Old 01-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #27
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I live in a mobile home, ca. 1/2 mile from the cell tower. I get reception in the front yard and in the rooms closest to the tower, but there is very poor reception in the back rooms, and almost no reception in the back yard.

In the Airstream, the reception is best, in this neighborhood, when the phone is close to an open window or door. There is better reception in the Airstream than in the mobile home.


It seems that metal between the phone and the tower is a hindrance here.


In a campground in Florida, there was great signal reception in the Airstream with phones from various providers (Spring, Tracphone, MetroPCS).
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:06 AM   #28
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Lots of good info here. The main thing to remember is that not all towers provide coverage for all phones. The tower sites are carrier specific. This is why one carrier (Verizon, ATT, etc) may provide better coverage in a given area than another.

If you are moving to a new area and lose coverage, ask around to see what carrier provides the best service to that area. Bearing in mind, the carrier might fudge the answer a little. You can now keep your number even if you change carriers.

The amplifiers and boosters available do work, if installed correctly and there is some coverage to start with. A device called a Bi-Directional Amplifier could be installed in one’s trailer. Someone mentioned the brand name Wilson. I have used their stuff with success. They are on the web and easy to find.


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