This occurred about 10 years ago in the Royal Australian Air Force while deployed to Exmouth 1/2 way up the Western Australian coast.
I was an Avionics technician keeping our P3 Orion's flying in order to search for refugees. We had assigned to us a couple of Toyota Hilux 4wd trucks with 3m (10ft) long HF antenna's. I had just arrived for a rotation and was doing an audit of all our equipment when I noticed one of these very expensive to replace antennas and its sand dune warning flag missing from the truck.
Coincidentally a package approximately the same size and shape as the missing antenna appeared in the cargo out bay addressed to one of the guys on the rotation we had just relieved. Stealing was a potentially career ending decision on his part, and there were a few ugly options we could have made in response to his act.
We decided to open the package which sure enough contained the missing antenna. We reinstalled it to the truck and replaced the contents in the package with a row of old toilet rolls gaffa taped together with the defence instructions on fraud and ethics for the warning flag.
I never heard anything from the culprit but hopefully he got enough of a scare to never try anything like that ever again!
I've found information in varying places (facebook pages, google, this subreddit) and wanted to compile and share the process that worked for me today. My problem is that I have the gateway setup in an all metal building with no windows. Throughput was horrible.
Power off and unplug the power cable.
Remove the two T10 screws from the bottom cover and remove the SIM card holder (small phillips screw).
Rotating the gateway you will see a series of cables connected to the board coming from the antennas. (The one with the purple label is for the GPS so don’t mess with that one. I used the two connections to the right of the purple one).
Install external antenna cables. First you will want to route the connecting ends through the vent ports on the bottom stand.
Speed test using internal antenna inside all metal building:
Speed test using external antenna:
This is the antenna kit I bought, but I had direct line of sight to the tower:
If you don't have direct line of sight, Waveform recommends this antenna:
Regardless of which antenna you choose, make sure to select the "SMA Mal... keep reading on reddit ➡
I was just wondering if you were far away from other hotspots and you only had yours next to a window how long would it even take to break even on your hotspot?
As some of you may know u/ChromeDreams is on the road to collecting 1000 satellites.
Well he's currently at 700 plus 88 that I have for him and they've been coming in slower then before so to speed things up that mad man is raising the offer
So for the final 212 satellites he'll be offering 50 credits each
He doesn't have to much time to trade so I'll be picking them up for him and delivering them. Hit me up if you got satellites. Thank you all and have a great day!
Let the satellite hunt begin!
I used to work in an office that had no data or wifi signal. I started to notice after the first few months working there, that my phone would always be at 20 - 30% battery by the end of the day, where before I would always have between 60 & 70% even while leaving my data on all day.
My co-workers said they had the same problem, and eventually we figured out it was our phones wasting battery trying to find a signal.
I have a satellite dish on the roof, but it's not being used anymore. With streaming services raising their prices (again!), I want to use an antenna. The cables from the dish are still in place. I watched a You Tube video about this, which looks pretty easy - but, well, editing. Anyway, has anyone done this; and if so, is it really that easy? Are there any tips or issues I should look out for? Thanks!
EDIT: Thanks to everyone for your comments and expertise!