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Old January 5th 04, 02:53 AM
Ed Felty
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Default Improving Signal in Marginal Area

I recently added a Motorola V60S on a Family Share Plan. My Lady lives about
30 miles East of Colorado Springs (3 miles east of Yoder). My Startac 7868W
will get 1-2 bars analog in her house or 1-2 bars of digital if I stand next
to a window facing the City. The V60S gets about 1 bar either way. Would an
outside antenna (like one of the car window antennas) help...or do I need
something more???

Thanks in Advance,

Eddie in Colorado Springs

"Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."

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Old January 5th 04, 05:01 AM
Scott
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So your V60s is experiencing worse reception? Can you get a digital signal
at all on the V60s?

You probably don't have too many reasonable options to improve your
situation. Most people claim the Mot phones have the best capability to
pickup in low signal strenth areas. You can always try another phone from
VZW to see if it will work better for you (another v60 or another model).
The V60s has a stationary stubby antenna an I always wondered if that would
negatively impact reception.


"Ed Felty" wrote in message
...
I recently added a Motorola V60S on a Family Share Plan. My Lady lives

about
30 miles East of Colorado Springs (3 miles east of Yoder). My Startac

7868W
will get 1-2 bars analog in her house or 1-2 bars of digital if I stand

next
to a window facing the City. The V60S gets about 1 bar either way. Would

an
outside antenna (like one of the car window antennas) help...or do I need
something more???

Thanks in Advance,

Eddie in Colorado Springs

"Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."



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Old January 5th 04, 05:08 AM
Bill Rubin
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Scott wrote:

So your V60s is experiencing worse reception? Can you get a digital signal
at all on the V60s?

You probably don't have too many reasonable options to improve your
situation. Most people claim the Mot phones have the best capability to
pickup in low signal strenth areas. You can always try another phone from
VZW to see if it will work better for you (another v60 or another model).
The V60s has a stationary stubby antenna an I always wondered if that would
negatively impact reception.


It's certainly possible, as I've experienced worse reception on
my v60i on AT&T than on other phones (although none of them have
non-stationary antennas, and in fact I get better reception on a
Nokia 3361 which has no external antenna at all. I think it's
just that the v60i gets poor reception, something that an AT&T
tech support person confirmed to me recently.

Bill
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Old January 7th 04, 10:15 AM
David L
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"Ed Felty" wrote in message ...
I recently added a Motorola V60S on a Family Share Plan. My Lady lives about
30 miles East of Colorado Springs (3 miles east of Yoder). My Startac 7868W
will get 1-2 bars analog in her house or 1-2 bars of digital if I stand next
to a window facing the City. The V60S gets about 1 bar either way. Would an
outside antenna (like one of the car window antennas) help...or do I need
something more???

Thanks in Advance,

Eddie in Colorado Springs

"Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."


Signal bars don't mean much. What counts is if a call can be made. I
read that someone put a V60i extendable antenna on a V60s with
improved results. Think it would just screw on.
MountainAudio.com may have some tips, Bill's in CO.

For more advanced antenna setups, a tethered Yagi might work well, or
just the standard antenna and cable adapter. Try to get the external
antenna up high.

Check out the forum here, you'll get a good idea of what works.
CellAntenna Corporation: Cellular Antennas, accessories, cellphone
products.

http://www.cellantenna.com/
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david
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Old January 7th 04, 02:28 PM
Jane
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What makes you think that 3 bars in one phone means the same as 3 bars in
another phone? There is no standard, like a speedometer in cars

Love these newbies!


"David L" wrote in message
m...
"Ed Felty" wrote in message

...
I recently added a Motorola V60S on a Family Share Plan. My Lady lives

about
30 miles East of Colorado Springs (3 miles east of Yoder). My Startac

7868W
will get 1-2 bars analog in her house or 1-2 bars of digital if I stand

next
to a window facing the City. The V60S gets about 1 bar either way. Would

an
outside antenna (like one of the car window antennas) help...or do I

need
something more???

Thanks in Advance,

Eddie in Colorado Springs

"Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."


Signal bars don't mean much. What counts is if a call can be made. I
read that someone put a V60i extendable antenna on a V60s with
improved results. Think it would just screw on.
MountainAudio.com may have some tips, Bill's in CO.

For more advanced antenna setups, a tethered Yagi might work well, or
just the standard antenna and cable adapter. Try to get the external
antenna up high.

Check out the forum here, you'll get a good idea of what works.
CellAntenna Corporation: Cellular Antennas, accessories, cellphone
products.

http://www.cellantenna.com/
-
david



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Old January 8th 04, 04:27 AM
Ed Felty
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Check out the forum here, you'll get a good idea of what works.
CellAntenna Corporation: Cellular Antennas, accessories, cellphone
products.

http://www.cellantenna.com/
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david

Thanks for your helpful reply...I picked up a similar setup here in town for
$50 and all is well.

Eddie in Colorado Springs

"If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip."

 




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