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Old 09-01-2011, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 60wag View Post
The right angle connector in the picture looks a lot like the one attached to the death ray.

I wonder how much better a phone works with a real antenna on it? I am continually unimpressed with the reception of just about every cell phone I've tried.
Bruce, I know you know the answer to this. :-) Think about HT rubber duckies compared to an external antenna on your truck. Cell phones are functionally like low power HTs with lots of repeaters. There's more to cell phone antennas compared to clunky ham radios, it's getting pretty awesome what the RF guys can dream up for cramming narrow bandwidth microstrip antennas into devices. Still, there's no substitute for a gain antenna in open space, the rule that the best antenna is the one with most metal in the air still holds.
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