CDMA Aerials

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 21:49
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My mate has a CDMA and when out west it seemed quite useless. I'm told that an aerial makes the difference. Any suggestions?
Secondly, where can you hire sat phones and at what cost?
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Reply By: Roachie - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 21:58

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 21:58
Jim, I use a CDMA with in-car kit, although the broomstick antenna is the left over one I had for the GSM phone (which used the same in-car I had a "win" for once in my life). If he's with Telstra, he should be able to go into any mobile phone shop that peddles telstra's stuff and get a map of the coverage areas for both CDMA and GSM networks. The maps show different shades of colour for the areas outside a town/city which will be okay with a handheld phone and car-kitted phone.
As for sat phone hire, I know the local communications shop here in Kadina (SA) hires sat phones @ $10- per day plus call costs (& probably insurance...not sure). I would imagine other phone/comm's shops would also do similar deals.
I personally wouldn't bother with a sat phone; prefer my HF if any strife arises.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter [SA] - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 14:30

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 14:30
not trying to hijack this thread but your HF is only any good if you are actually with your vehicle. ie sattelite phone is portable.
Cheers Peter
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Follow Up By: Roachie - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 22:42

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 22:42
Peter, I take your point.....but in my case I'm so bone bloody lazy that I'm never more than a klick or 2 away from my truck anyway. Knowing my luck (read "lack of organisation skills") even if I had a sat phone and went for a little bush walk and busted my leg etc, I probably would have left the sat phone in the truck being charged up, right next to the EPIRB I don't yet have!!
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Reply By: Eric Experience. - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 22:28

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 22:28
The phone has to have a rf connector on it to get any significant benifit from a larger antenna. I have a CDMA. with a 20DB yargi, it is very good and caused a near riot in a pub in the back blocks of WA when the locals lean that "bloody mobile phones worked in there town" Eric.
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Follow Up By: Graeme - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 21:06

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 21:06
Hi Eric

Could you please post specific information about your setup - what is an rf connector; a 20DV yargi? Type of aerial & what makes yours work (& any other) info greatly appreciated.

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Reply By: Member - JEFF - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 06:55

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 06:55
Take roachies advise, get the map. I use a CDMA in place of the GSM when out on the country roads.Its really an extension of the Mobile Net from Telstra I find it quite good. Dont try to use it as a substitute, concider it an additional comms devise

regards Jeff
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 13:22

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 13:22
my work phone is a nokia 6385 cdma, with nokia carkit and 5db glass mount top lh windscreen. works well , but i would prefer a 6db or better 'broomstick' aerial, the boss won't spring for one so it just means less times he can bother me LOL. Like the sound of the 20db job.
If you have a glass mount you have to make sure it is not installed where there is the black paint on some windows, or anywhere near the demist strips..Just killin time till easter...............go and play in the dirt, instead of workin in it......
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Reply By: Richard & Leonie - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 18:22

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 18:22
To answer your question on Sat phones I made enquiries to hire and the cost was prohibitive. I mean $2000 for 3 months. I asked my local Telstra shop and they had Motorala Sat phones for under $1000.Richard and Leonie, The grey nomads.
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Follow Up By: Groove - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 21:07

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 21:07
Hi Nomads,
You can buy a brand new Ericson sat phone from ebay for $500.
The particluar phone is an Ericsson r290 Globalstar. It gets quite good reviews.

Go to and do a search for Satellite Phone. I think its a superceded model but at that price its a good deal. Its not much more than a good UHF radio

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Reply By: Eric Experience. - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 22:15

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 22:15
An RF [ radio frequency] connector is the screw on coax connector you see on the back of uhf radios, except much smaller,most phones dont have them but you can not run a high gian antenna without the connector, The 20DB antenna is home made, it looks like a small UHF TV job. Eric.
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