Originally Posted by ScrapIrony-2
...we also got a Wilson direct connection cellular/PCS amplifier with antenna, which has yet to be installed(something about poking a hole in the skins just makes me cringe)...
I know the feeling, and haven't been able to bring myself to violate the skin either.
I also have a Wilson direct connect amp for my Verizon USB720 air card and, after getting tired of running the cable through the door and often getting tangled in it, I drilled a small hole in the frame around the front window screen. The hole was just big enough to fit the antenna connector through it and, with the black rubber grommet I used to seal the hole around the cable, it's barely noticeable.
When not in use, I coil the slack cable around the base of the antenna and leave it lying on its side in the space between the window and the screen. I use the mini magnetic base antenna so it easily fits without being obvious, unless you're looking for it.
When in use, I just uncoil the cable and stick the magnetic base of the antenna to a metal clamp that I attach to the frame of the front window 's protective shield. When opened, the shield is horizontal. Sometimes I stick a metal disk (the lid from a cookie tin - it's silver colored
)) between the magnetic base and the metal clamp as a ground plane. Most of the time it's not necessary because just getting the antenna outside of the skin is a great improvement. The antenna cable is so thin that it easily seals in the window gasket when it's closed.
All this, just to avoid drilling a hole in the skin. Actually, it works (for me) very well.