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Old 06-05-2015, 11:10 AM   #11
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Another question: can I use this setup without actually mounting the antenna on the top of the trailer? Could I use it with the antenna in the trailer... or suction-cupped to the outside of a window or even to the top of the trailer?

I'm trying to reduce the number of holes in the fiberglass.
The antenna needs a metal ground plane to function; you could put one anywhere as long as it has that built-in or you place the antenna on one. The 6 inch car stick-on antennas use the car roof for their ground plane.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:50 AM   #12
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Another question: can I use this setup without actually mounting the antenna on the top of the trailer? Could I use it with the antenna in the trailer... or suction-cupped to the outside of a window or even to the top of the trailer?

I'm trying to reduce the number of holes in the fiberglass.
Here was Myron's solution: (some good possible ideas!)
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:24 PM   #13
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Another question: can I use this setup without actually mounting the antenna on the top of the trailer? Could I use it with the antenna in the trailer... or suction-cupped to the outside of a window or even to the top of the trailer?

I'm trying to reduce the number of holes in the fiberglass.
I tried it without an antenna, no improvement in signal. Tried the magnetic one that comes with the cradle just sitting on the table, also no improvement. I'll need to spring for a trailer antenna.
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:55 PM   #14
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We have iPhones, and I used the Field Test service feature to determine if my combo (cradle + roof antenna) was better than just the cradle before I installed the antenna. Definitely works better. The not-obvious part of this routine is that instead of just the reception indicator bars on the phone you will get a numerical dB measurements to quantify how much better (or worse) your reception is.

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Old 06-06-2015, 08:48 PM   #15
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I use the small suction cup antenna attached to the outside of one of the back windows and run the antenna wire into the trailer along the electric cord. My phone shows one bar without the antenna and three with it. I talked to a techie at Wilson when trying to figure out the whole antenna thing. He told me that suction cup one would do the job and it has. It has been on my list to check the numerical dB measurements but that hasn't happened yet.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:11 PM   #16
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The Alaska highway is the first good test for my we boost 4s with magnetic antenna on truck roof. Definitely turns a 1bar signal into 2, 3 or more bars. The testimonials are true. Ron
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:41 PM   #17
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Another question: can I use this setup without actually mounting the antenna on the top of the trailer? Could I use it with the antenna in the trailer... or suction-cupped to the outside of a window or even to the top of the trailer?

I'm trying to reduce the number of holes in the fiberglass.
If you have the extra insulation option, the aluminized bubble wrap will cause some signal loss. In addition, Wilson publishes some safety distances that humans need to be from the antenna.

As to sticking the antenna to the fiberglass, the magnetic one that comes with the amplifier requires a ground plane. The steel roof of a typical vehicle provides that, but fiberglass doesn't. A 6" diameter piece of metal will provide one that works at the frequencies used by the cell system.

The antenna will not receive signals quite as well without the ground plane, and while I have not seen anyone post a problem, it is possible to damage the transmitter in the amp if the antenna does not have a ground plane.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:46 PM   #18
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We recently purchased a Wilson Sleek 4G because of recommendations from this forum. We just returned from Vermont where cell coverage was bad in most areas. In the campground we could not make a call because service was going in and out. I hooked up our Wilson Sleek

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and using the in home kit with suction cup mount just stuck the antenna to the inside of the window.

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Our cell signal went from -120 to -90 or about 3 bars. I was able to make calls and use data. I then mounted the antenna on the roof of the truck and tried it again. Was about the same single at -90 that I was able to get in the camper using just the suction cup bracket on the home kit. I was kind of surprised I did not get a stronger signal with the antenna attached to the truck roof. The vertical rod on the suction cup mount must have something to do with making it work without a large ground plane.

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I also tested it while driving around in the mountains with antenna attached to the truck roof and always seemed to gain about 30 while in the field test mode using the Sleek. Overall I was quite happy.
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