Qualcomm GSP-1600 Sat Phone

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 10:49
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Hi Guys,

Does anyone know if you can connect an external CDMA antenna to a Qualcomm GSP-1600 sat phone? You can buy the car kit and it looks like it only has the facility for a sat antenna. Any info would be appreciated!!

Leroy
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Reply By: Grumpy in WA - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 12:56

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 12:56
AFAIK they work on different frequencies so the CDMA antenna won't work for the Sat Phone. The antenna can't radiate efficiently at the frequency of the Sat Phone. But I'm no expert.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 13:24

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 13:24
The Qualcomm GSP-1600 is a Sat and CDMA. The car kit has tails for a sat antenna and cdma antenna. The car kit costs $1700 plus CDMA antenna plus fitting. I was hoping to get an adapter to plug in the cdma antenna.

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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 19:42

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 19:42
Do you want to connect the antenna direct to the phone or to the Car Kit ?

Mike
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 22:44

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 22:44
Direct to the phone. The car kit costs $1700.

Leroy
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 22:27

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 22:27
Try this link for info

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 22:46

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 22:46
There's no product to connect cdma antenna direct to handset.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:04

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:04
Leroy
Maybe it's like a GPS they don't have long external antennae's although externals are used as i have 2 but my Garmin Quest can work quite ok from the units built-in antennae
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:07

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:07
QUALCOMM GSP1600 ACCESSORIES
Product Rec. Retail Price (incl GST)
GCK1410 Car kit $1,699.00
In-Car Charger $129.00
Battery Travel Pack $329.00
Universal Travel Charger $189.00
Car-Kit Antenna $840.00 ...........................??????
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:48

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:48
'Car-Kit Antenna $840.00 ...........................?????? '

Where did you find the Car-Kit Antenna ? Was it CDMA or Sat?

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 14:35

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 14:35
Leroy
It's all in the URL i posted before but try this one , it will take you direct to the page,

pricing

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Reply By: Member - Barry C (NT) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:23

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:23
I have used it in the NT and the GSP1600 works well in very remote areas, both in car and stand alone.

One very important point.

Watch out for the "roam" feature that automatically selects CDMA if it detects a CDMA service and you are not signed up for the CDMA service. MY GSP1600 found the CDMA network (and locked onto it) but we had not signed up for the service on the satphone as we have CDMA mobiles for that purpose. So the catch is you get what you sign up for.

When you switch the GSP1600 to manual for satphone service it works very well, so if you have no CDMA service plan ON your satphone leave the satphone on manual satellite ONLY.

Sometimes too many automatic "features" are not desirable. Hope this makes sense as it baffled me until I worked out what the problem was.

Barry
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:52

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:52
thanks for the tip. the phone is signed up for CDMA also so it's not an issue for us.

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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:34

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 23:34
Can you see any connectors (or rubber plugs covering connectors) that the Vehicle Cradle connects to ?

Is there a large connector at the base that everything connects to ?

Mike
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:50

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:50
Unfortunately I don't have the phone in front of me. I spoke to Telstat and they guy there said that a data cable adapter plugs in the bottom and that it's a pity that they didn't put an antenna skt on there as well!!

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