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Old 11-27-2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default Improving reception in commercial buildings

I need some opinions on how to improve reception where the antenna has to be inside. I have a S50 with Home Kit at the office. I get ZERO sat signal, but I get a almost usable terrestrial signal if the atmospheric conditions are good. I just need to boost the repeater signal. I can't drill any holes in the building and the windows are sealed.

I've thought of trying 1) a truck or marine antenna, 2) rigging up a parabollic somehow. Any other ideas? It doesn't have to be motion tolerant or omni. I'll just point it where it works best.

What should I try first?


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I understand exactly what you are going through. I work in a one story office building and use nothing but a repeater signal. On a nice sunny day I usually have no problem getting a signal put on days like today (cloudy, rainy, crappy) my bars range between 3 and 6 bars (almost teasing me). It is almost like all I need is just a little more juice or a more powerful antenna. I have been doing research for around 3 months trying to find a more powerful antenna or even maybe someway to make a dish out of my current home antenna. But I have yet to find anything that helps. I even went out and bought an XM home antenna because it was bigger in size and I thought it might be able to pick up more of a signal. It really wasn't any different . I am going to continue to do research and if I come across anything I will let you know. I just wanted to let you know that I have found nothing so far.
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What some people have had success with is using a car antenna. This sometimes works because the car antenna are omni-directional, meaning they don't need to be aimed to work.

You need the older style with the plastic colored (FAKRA) shell on the connector because the newer car antenna have right angle plugs.

You can find these antenna at .

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Are you using the home antenna? (provides higher gain)
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