Hi folks. I posted a while ago about external antennas for the E61. I've now got the phone and the CR-47 cradle (to allow an external antenna to be fitted) and have been attempting to use them with a Panorama GTAE antenna (at the left side of this page). This antenna will only give me GSM reception (if and when it works) - that's all I need. I can use WiFi for data access.
However, it doesn't seem to give me any noticable benefit in signal strength. I realise there's an issue about cable length and quality - the antenna came with 'CS23' cable, which I hope and assume is sufficient. The cable length is quite long at the moment - I plan to cut this down but I would like to establish that the antenna is actually doing something first. I tried it in a moderate coverage area and it seemed to make no difference at all to signal strength. Also, I've also tried the phone in GSM only mode, and again the aerial made no difference.
The phone doesn't seem to 'register' that it's been placed in the car cradle. I would have thought it would switch to a set profile when placed in the cradle, like Handsfree or something. At least then I'd have some sort of indication that it was actually using the antenna. So the questions are:
1. Can anyone who uses the CR-47 with an external antenna tell me what I'm doing wrong?
2. Is the phone supposed to indicate that it's connected to the cradle?
3. Any have tips for mounting antennas? e.g. correct orientation and placement on a house window