One negative of our off grid home is no mobile reception. well almost....
The reception ends about 1.5km from our house and it end quite sharply. Although on occasions I receive a random a text message in the house. If I sit my phone down in one spot for a little while it some times changes from no signal to SOS only.
So I guess its not a complete dead zone but close to it. I am with Vodafone and my wife is with Telstra both phones don't become active until we drive up the road 1.5km.
I wouldn't mind being able to take advantage of my phone plan as I have unlimited calls/text rather than have my phone sitting there as just a expensive alarm clock when at the off grid house. Using a land line is so expensive is like buying food at the airport after using a unlimited mobile plan.
Some people i spoke to today are living in a 5m high shed a few km down the road . They just built a extra 2nd level and told me today there mobiles now work on the 2nd floor. It got me thinking and I tried mine on the roof (about 7m off the ground) No real improvement. Actually I think it was worse than on the deck where I have SOS signal if I stand still for a while.
I did a bit of searching and come across this signal booster http://www.amplifyaustralia.com/product ... 0-Plus-3G/
not sure if it would fix my problem?
I have a little power booster for our digital tv . With it off zero reception and with it on we can receive all channels. So that has been a complete success .
Has anyone with marginal mobile reception been able to fix the issue and how?
Offgrid 2008, Selectronic PS1 6kw/48v inverter, x 2 Midnite solar classic 150 MPPT, 3960w NE PV 24 x 165w BP panels, 4200w NW PV 21 x 200w DAQO PV, 16x400ah lithium.