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Re: Cell Phone Extenders?

Scott Dorsey (
27 Dec 2005 20:49:37 -0500

These devices are very illegal. They are also very poorly built and
freqently sources of bizarre interference to 800 MHz trunked radio
systems as well as to various military UHF comm systems.

When I find them, I smash them in front of the owner, and discourage
him from installing any more of them. It helps to have an MP along.

In addition to being illegal interference sources and occasionally
locking up cells, they also aren't very effective. You'd do much
better with an analogue bag phone with a yagi on it (which is pretty
much the standard home telephone in some places around here). The
analogue systems have considerably better intelligibility as well.


"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I do not see what would be so illegal
about hooking up an external antenna at a somewhat higher line of
sight. Many phones (Nokia models for example) have a plug on the back
side for just that reason. PAT]

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