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!
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.
Yagi's boost transmit and receive both. They're highly directional, so you have to point them at the right spot.