Thought some of you might be interested in this busman’s holiday science project in way northern Maine last summer.
When there’s no cell data and limited voice where you are going then sometimes you need to plan ahead and take extreme measures. Dual phased array log periodic antennas plus a BR1 mounted on a tripod for accurate aiming with an old BMW motorcycle battery and a solar panel!
This little creation provided solid data (6Mbps down, 3Mbps up) to a cell site 20 miles away. That ridge in the background of the 1st photo is >5 miles away so we had to have enough gain to compensate for getting over and past that plus another 15 miles! Verizon worked better because I assume they were higher on the tower than ATT though we did use both carriers with dual SIM’s. We could sit around the campsite 100’ back up the hill in the woods and connect to the BR1 via Wi-Fi with multiple devices simultaneously!
We’ve been testing cell hardware there every summer for the last four years since it is such a fringe area. This arrangement was the most successful but I have something even bigger and better planned for this summer!