Rural mobile phone antenna setup

Submitted: Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 11:40
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Hey guys,
I am not that knowledgeable with mobile phone antennas but will need one soon. I don't need something super powerful but how well do you think this setup would work:

Phone:
Telstra T96 T100 'Blue Tick'.

Patch Lead:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/External-Antenna-Patch-Lead-TELSTRA-ZTE-F165-T165i-T90-T165-T2-T7-T6-T106-T100-/190821821322?pt=AU_MobilePhoneAccessories&hash=item2c6dddeb8a

Antenna:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AWS-WCDMA-3G-External-28-dbi-RP-SMA-Yagi-Antenna-For-Cell-Phone-Signal-Booster-/330945921187?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item4d0dea00a3

Any advice you could give me would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:42

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:42
For $13.00 for an antenna you can look at it two ways..... you have got a bargain or you have transferred one hunk of useless metal from China to Australia aiding to our landfill woes....

For $13.00 what do you think you would get.

And that includes FREE FREIGHT valued at $6.00....... any thing for $7.00 is too good to knock back.

Thats my piece of advice.
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Follow Up By: Roger T3 - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:50

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:50
"For $13.00 what do you think you would get."
I don't know much about antennas, that's why I was asking.
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Follow Up By: Roger T3 - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:57

Follow Up By: olcoolone - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 14:42

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 14:42
Mate stop looking on ebay at cheap antennas....... try these -

http://telcoantennas.com.au/site/14dbi-yagi-directional-antenna

http://www.mobileone.com.au/antennas/nextg.html

http://www.zcg.com.au/mobile_phone_antennas_whips_bases.htm

http://www.zcg.com.au/yagi-next-g-gsm-3g-mobile-phone-base-station-antennas.html

http://www.laser-antenna.com/products.php?category_id=24

I'm not having a go at you but obviously you are after an antenna that works well so spend the money once and have something that will do the job well and reliably.

A vertical antenna is great for all round use where a yagi is very very directional and is ideal if you have problems in a specific area hitting a tower.
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Reply By: allein m - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:43

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:43
Interesting set up you have found.

we live in broken hill and I have found one major thing is the actual hand set is important


I have a older samsung flip 3G phone blue tick with a external 8 db gain antenna on the roo bar but my wife has a newer samsung flip phone 3g blue tick no antenna and gets better reception than what I do . why I have no idea

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:57

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 12:57
If your phone is Nextg then the antenna is not suitable, it is the wrong frequency (Frequency range: 1990---2170 MHz). Nextg is 850MHz.
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Follow Up By: Winner W - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 15:10

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 15:10
I use A T96 and T100 with a patch lead and antenna for my outback trips. I get reception in areas where Telstras coverage does not even get close to the stations I go to .
I got the antenna and patch lead for about $40 from a seller in Carindale area. It works well where my iphone is useless but it still is not a sat phone.
The phone is cheap and simple . I keep a few of them for future use as they are getting scarce.
The antenna goes on the roof of the ute with a magnetic mount.
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Reply By: bks - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 16:43

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 16:43
It is important to get an antenna that matches your provider and the type of county side you most travel through eg hilly or flat county.

I bought a great one that is attached to the roof by a magnet frompocketronics for about $30 spoke to them about my needs and set up and very happy with the result. I get 2 or 3 bars as opposed to no signal without it. IF you are in Sydney they are located in Annandale or they will post out.

I have also used Campad who are very good.

The phone you use is also an issue as the smart phones dont come with antenna ports so I'm hanging on to my T100.
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