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Old 03-26-2015, 05:46 PM   #31
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I tested the Uniden UM50 on my car, and it seems to work pretty good.

Question I have for your RV'ers is whether you leave it on all the time when you're in the boondocks. The power use is listed at 12 volts, 3 amps. A 3 amp draw would suck down the batteries pretty fast. I've got a clamp on DC amp-meter I could use to see if the amp draw is actually that high. The unit has automatic variable gain control, so I'd have to be out in the sticks to really see what the power use is (that's a couple of months away when the snow melt is done).

If the draw is really 3 amps, I'd have to crank up the generator every time I wanted to make a call. It wouldn't work at all on incoming calls since I wouldn't leave it on.
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Old 07-23-2015, 12:46 PM   #32
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Followup - the Uniden UM50 draws about 0.5 amps, so it's not something to leave on all day. As far as performance, I can't say the booster does anything for my signal strength at all. I'm on Verizon, and the CDMA band indicator is always blinking (feedback) even if the antennas are as far apart as possible. I'm very unimpressed.
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:00 PM   #33
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Followup - the Uniden UM50 draws about 0.5 amps, so it's not something to leave on all day. As far as performance, I can't say the booster does anything for my signal strength at all. I'm on Verizon, and the CDMA band indicator is always blinking (feedback) even if the antennas are as far apart as possible. I'm very unimpressed.
This was my experience as well; even though I put my outside antenna on an 8 foot wooden pole atop my camper.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:58 PM   #34
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ouch on the UM50.
Do you have any signal before you turn it on?

We spend the summer close to Westcliffe CO. 2 to 3 bars in town, ZERO at the MH.
When I turn the Wilson on we go from 0
to 2 - 4 + 4G couldn't be happier .

We leave it on 24/7, maybe we shouldn't the 12v power supply melted (after 3 yrs) which put 110v on the Wilson POOF.

New and improved Wilson Electronics - 460101 gets here next week .
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:02 PM   #35
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I start out with zero signal (10 miles south of Manila, UT) at our camping spot, so I suppose I could give the Uniden a pass there. Last weekend I was at Grand Targhee resort by the Grand Teton, WY and had 1 bar before and after plugging in the UM50.

What drives me mad is the GSM phones are working all around me in both places. I'd switch to Union but I have a company phone, and can't beat the monthly price.
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Some more experimenting with the Uniden gave better results. If I turn on my Iphone AFTER energizing the uniden, it works much better. I actually made some calls last week from the boonies, plus a few messages got in. No data or emails, but I wasn't expecting that. I'd get up to 3 bars if I laid the phone over the inside antenna.
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I have found with ours that where there is a weak signal like one bar on the phone the booster will increase it to 3+. Where there is no signal I have been able to get two bars in some instances. In weak signal areas we have to keep the phone close to the inside antenna as well. Our unit is a zboost.
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