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Old 10-27-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Wilson Antenna Parts arrived

Woo hoo! The parts for my 4G antenna setup just arrived.Sending to ETI tomorrow. Total was $200, all bought from various suppliers in the Amazon Marketplace. Not bad.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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Woo hoo! The parts for my 4G antenna setup just arrived.Sending to ETI tomorrow. Total was $200, all bought from various suppliers in the Amazon Marketplace. Not bad.
My setup uses the same parts. Had a 12V drop put into the driver side cabinet aft of the fridge in my 21, where the antenna was installed, then added a side mount cig outlet to power the cradle, which connected through an adapter to the antenna. Cradle works great sitting in the cabinet, so no need to mess up the outside of the cabinet with a holder for the cradle. Male plug-in has a USB output to charge the phone while it's online. Makes it simple to replace the antenna should that be needed.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:54 PM   #3
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My setup uses the same parts.
Yep. I borrowed the idea from you, from Jon, Skiiman and others. ETI is installing it all. Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:27 PM   #4
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Your thread reminds me of an installation question: Covering the trailer with the antenna poking up appears to be problematic. Since the trailer is predominately fiberglass, what would keep you from mounting it on the back or front, with the antenna top at roof level. The signal reception shouldn't be attenuated much by trailer interference, should it?
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Your thread reminds me of an installation question: Covering the trailer with the antenna poking up appears to be problematic. Since the trailer is predominately fiberglass, what would keep you from mounting it on the back or front, with the antenna top at roof level. The signal reception shouldn't be attenuated much by trailer interference, should it?
No, the reception would not be altered that much, but for optimum reception the antenna should be mounted to receive a signal from any direction -- up as high as possible. To cover the trailer you'd just loosen the antenna and lay it flat, as some in other threads have described.
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Ah, you're able to loosen it; Problem solved, and you get the extra altitude.
Thanks for the answer. The only one I had looked at was fixed.

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If lying the antenna flat to cover it, I suggest getting a "pool noodle" or some other bulk to slip around the shaft above and below the ground plane (if you have one) in order to protect the ground plane projections. Maybe blue tape the whole thing to the roof for storage.....
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:20 AM   #8
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I doubt blue tape would last longer than one rain, the pool noodle seems like a good idea.
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This is a mod that we really need and I have a few questions. 1) Is the cradle also the amplifier/booster? 2) Does the cell phone have to actually be in the cradle when making calls or do you need to just be in the trailer or within a few feet of the cradle? Thanks, Bob
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The cradle IS the amp/booster, and you do need to either have a cell phone in it or a MIFI device to relay calls from the cell phone (when not in the cradle) to the external antenna.

Another option is to use a BlueTooth headset to talk when the phone is in the cradle.

Not a good idea to hold the cradle up to your head and talk on the phone, I think there were warnings about that with the cradle literature.
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