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Signal on top of a Mountain

OP TerkyTime

20th May 2014, 12:42 AM   |  #1  
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Special use case. I am trying to get a signal when summitting 14ers (really high mountains). The current method is to send a guy up with a Verizon phone and a few other WiFi hotspots and cross our fingers that he catches signal for a few minutes.

I've scoured the web and can't seem to find any information on this. The Wilson Portable seems like it has the right idea, but is clearly designed for a car use situation. Should I be looking into using a Wilson Sleek with a larger external antenna and improvised battery backpack? Or perhaps there is a software trick to increase the power to the 2g radio? I'm really all ears.

I would love to figure out a way to simply slide my Nexus 5 in a case of sorts with a ~3ft collapsible antenna on the top. Would this work? Does it need to be in physical contact with the actual antenna, or could it just be in contact with the backplate?

I really hope someone has an idea on this subject. I find it so hard to search for!

Thanks again,
Matt
5th June 2014, 08:15 PM   |  #2  
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Ingress? lol


Yeah.. I wouldn't have much of an answer since with any booster, there needs to be a signal to boost.

I've thought of using your idea with a booster and a portable battery, but have field tested it yet.
4th August 2014, 01:47 AM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by TerkyTime

Special use case. I am trying to get a signal when summitting 14ers (really high mountains). The current method is to send a guy up with a Verizon phone and a few other WiFi hotspots and cross our fingers that he catches signal for a few minutes.

I've scoured the web and can't seem to find any information on this. The Wilson Portable seems like it has the right idea, but is clearly designed for a car use situation. Should I be looking into using a Wilson Sleek with a larger external antenna and improvised battery backpack? Or perhaps there is a software trick to increase the power to the 2g radio? I'm really all ears.

I would love to figure out a way to simply slide my Nexus 5 in a case of sorts with a ~3ft collapsible antenna on the top. Would this work? Does it need to be in physical contact with the actual antenna, or could it just be in contact with the backplate?

I really hope someone has an idea on this subject. I find it so hard to search for!

Thanks again,
Matt

I've got a Nexus 5, not sure if we have an external antenna jack or not. A lot of phones hide it under the battery.

You'd want a Yagi-style antenna. There are lots of instructions for making them with stuff like fishing pole tubes and tig welding tubes to make them ultra-light and foldable/dis-assembable for hiking purposes.

http://www.ubersignal.com/blog/yagi-antennas/

Yagi's boost transmit and receive both. They're highly directional, so you have to point them at the right spot.
Last edited by andrewbadera; 4th August 2014 at 02:28 AM. Reason: adding link to yagis
4th August 2014, 03:03 AM   |  #4  
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Get a sat phone. Or climb 14'ers that have cell towers on them.

I climb a lot in the Sierra Nevada and almost always have service anywhere over 13000 ft. They're a narrow range close to population though. If you doing that in the Rockies I wouldn't trust cell service.
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