Wilson Cell Phone Amplifier

I had to trade in my HTC Mogul Cell Phone a few months ago because it was broken. The replacement phone that I received back from Sprint is an HTC Touch Pro. The Mogul had an external antenna port so I was able to wire it directly to the antenna on my roof for improved reception.  The HTC Touch Pro Does not have an external port so I am no longer able to hook it up to the antenna.

In the summer months I volunteer as a trained Skywarn spotter in El Paso County, Colorado. The eastern part of the county, where most of the weather happens, does not have great cell phone coverage.  Last year the roof mounted antenna greatly improved my cell phone coverage and my ability keep my live weather radar feed active on my car PC.

Amplifier installed

To keep the enhanced coverage with the new cell phone I decided to add a cell phone amplifier that uses a passive couple to the cell phone.  The amp is mounted in the center console and the passive antenna couple is through the cell phone cradle. The amp will boost the output power to up to 3 watts and the electronics ensure that the power is within appropriate specifications.

Cell Phone Cradle

I have done some testing with the amp and with it turned on my phone reception indicator (S meter) will go from 1 bar to 9 bars. This should greatly extend my coverage when out on the plains of eastern Colorado.

Black antenna in for ground is for cell phone

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tomas

Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

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  4 comments for “Wilson Cell Phone Amplifier

  1. August 5, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    I’m a skywarn spotter down here in Wichita Kansas and I was wondering how that amp is working out for you? If I head down toward Oklahoma I start loosing signal and would love to boost it.

  2. August 5, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    There I go spelling my own name wrong. Oh and where did you pick that up at?

  3. Ted
    October 22, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    I have the same amplifier and I was wondering were you mounted it. You said in the center console, but in the picture it looks to me like the firewall.

    • October 23, 2009 at 7:54 AM

      It is mounted under the enter console on the side of the open compartment between the seats.

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