next gen external antenna

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:05
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I've searched but not found what I'm after.
Basically I'd like to know if the $120 it would cost to buy the antenna for my Samsung A412, I have the cradle, is worth the effort. We travel a fair bit but don't use the internet on the mobile phone and are retired so don't have a lot of calls to receive/make. Would like to know if others found the antenna worthwhile.
Thanks, Geoff
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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:15

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:15
I have the external aerial for my Samsung A411, is it worth it, not sure!. It is the same aerial as the the old CDMA ones, so if you have an old one, use it, don't buy a new one. Just my two cents worth....... John
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:20

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:20
Definitely worth it. In marginal areas the signal is stronger and more stable (less drop outs). Of course, no amount of aerial will help in the dead zones.

That being said, there are aerial and then there are aerials.........................
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Follow Up By: Member - David.M.C - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:42

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:42
What antennas do you consider good bad or otherwise. Im in the market also and am considering the Laser antenna.
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Follow Up By: stocky - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:34

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:34
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Reply By: Member - Big Al. Gold Coast - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:36

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:36
We sat in a cabin in the ceduna caravan park with no reception on the mobile or next g internet, but soon as we installed them to the vehicle antenna perfect reception on both.

Just one example. It could make all the difference in an emergency situation with no other coms.
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Reply By: Racey - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 14:45

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 14:45
Hi Geoff,

I have the same phone and am interested to learn the details of the cradle and antenna you have.

Cheers

Jon
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 17:49

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 17:49
Geoff,

$120 sounds too expensive to me.

I have a Laser brand antenna I bought for my original CDMA phone and this is also suitable for Next-G reception (same frequency) and even GSM which is close enough in frequency response.

It is a UC9SF-800-259 CDMA 2EL Collinear fibreglass antenna.
I actually use a stubby antenna in the city which screws onto the same base, and change over to the longer antenna when trvelling in the country.

A search found them advertised for $72.00 (Powertec) and they should be available from any reseller of UHF radios, etc. in your State.

Bill.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 21:47

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 21:47
Hi Geoff

Its good to have a fixed external aerial setup but my guess is it may not be worth it for you.

The aerial plug on the back of the phone is a bit fiddly to plug/unplug the aerial , and its more awkward to use the phone with it attached, these issues can be lessened with good car kit etc , but on balance if you mount the phone such that its stubby aerial can see outside the car then the loss of signal won't be to bad.

I use a small magnetic base one with mine when I feel I need the extra range.

If you get into serious trouble and you really need range then standing on the roof of the car or on a small hill nearby will see you go further than a car monted aerial anyway.

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Reply By: Member - BUNDY BOY (WA) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:12

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:12
in a word Yes ...im all over the place .and have found it great.....its the same as old cdma....but gives a helping hand in the outback......and we need as much of that as we can get .....
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