Redneck cell phone amplifier

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  1. gila_dog

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    I went to my friend's ranch this weekend to help out and hang out. Cell phone service there is poor to non-existent. There's a tower off in the mountains some miles away, but my phone just won't hook up strong enough to work. My friend has some kind of cell phone amplifier that works pretty well, but I decided to try out another approach. I took an old satellite TV dish, nailed it to the top of a fence post, and aimed it where I thot the tower was. Then I held my phone about where I thot the focal point of the parabolic dish would be and started moving the dish around a little this way and that way. I found a spot where I could get 1 or 2 bars of signal strength and was able to call home. So, until the wind blows it off the post or an elk rubs his antlers on it and trashes it, I think this thing is going to work pretty well.
     

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    Good thinking!
     
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    Nice! Our area has particularly terrible cell coverage; my wife finally got a cellphone last year, and it just barely works when at the house.

    We get our home internet wireless signal through a homemade "can-tenna" (google it, lol) which is awesomely redneck, I think...it looks hilarious.
     
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    It's not really redneck unless its one of those old school 6 foot diameter dishes.
     
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    That would probably work a lot better, but aiming it could be a big job. With this dish I swung it around the nail to get azimuth (side to side) adjustment, but for vertical adjustment I tilted the whole thing up or down little watching the signal strength on the phone, and then jammed a little rock between the dish mount and the post to hold it there. Since I didn't even take a hammer out there, but used a rock to hammer the nail into the post, I think it still qualifies as redneck.
     
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    Great example of 'making it work'. To be absolutely safe, you might use a wired or bluetooth external speaker/mic. Keeps your head out of the focused signal.
     
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    Good ole red neck thinking
     
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    Awesome example of how not everything is trash.
    Cell provider makes a difference in rural areas. At the ranch I go to in Montana I'm 80 miles from any signal where the other guys can use their cell phone without the booster most of the time.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. As it was I just put the phone on speaker and stood off the side. But when the wind blew it made a lot of noise on the phone call. A separate spkr/mic would be a good thing.
     
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    Very nice! I did this a few years back at my house and posted about it https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/free-cell-phone-booster.124307/

    Used to have to drive up the hill to use the phone and couldn't be contacted at my house....was kind of a pain. The dish worked well for me, though you had to stand away from it and talk loudly unless using a microphone/earpiece thing. Luckily they put up a new tower close by and it's 5 bars all the time now :59:
     
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    Using the rocks definitely upped your "Rednekkedness".....

    I know,.... I am certifiably Rednekked......

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