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On 911 calls: 911 will get through when standard voice calls won't because the cell phone companies will not allow you on if there is voice call - insufficient quality.  That does not hold true for 911/ the parameters for strength and quality are dropped as it is considered an emergency call (potential life threatening situation).  Put the phone out at fingers and away from your head, make call on hands free device or loud speaker.  This may increase signal out to 8dB due to head losses from RF signal.  If you know where your cell tower is located you may be able to put yourself out doors and on the side of the RV / reflector which has best coverage.  You can likely hot spot your mobile as well if you can't get WI FI with a better signal if the mobile is being reflected into. 

 

the main thing is that you have connectivity to the nearest carrier tower for 911.  If there is no signal, than you can't get any signal.  you can only enhance that which is or get a clearer path.  Getting phone into a better location e.g. hilltop so there is LOS (Line of Site) is key.  If you get a newer model phone from a top manufacturer you can help your case.  Reason is the carriers have moved to lower frequency spectrum 600, 800 MHz and this has about 3 to 6 dB the radiation power of previous spectrum for some of the carriers across similar terrain. In addition there have been rural buildouts and we will have more rural buildouts on the way due to the 5G push etc.

 

All this goes for personal micro repeaters as well.  Electronics have improved quite a lot and the small repeater systems if FCC approved may make things all the better for us the consumer.  There are other things to consider too like sat phones etc; however, this is just a little fire starter.  Please feel free to add or if you have questions, happy to assist.

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On 10/27/2020 at 1:36 PM, pv2 said:

All this goes for personal micro repeaters as well.  Electronics have improved quite a lot and the small repeater systems if FCC approved may make things all the better for us the consumer.  There are other things to consider too like sat phones etc; however, this is just a little fire starter.  Please feel free to add or if you have questions, happy to assist.

Good info. Verizon asks that you to register a repeater / signal booster with them if it is to be used on their network. More information regarding Verizon can be fount here https://www.verizon.com/solutions-and-services/accessories/register-signal-booster/

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