A movie of all our midnights - most in full sunshine - on Svalbard 2015
I just received the WeBoost Drive 4G-S Cell Signal Cradle booster bought from 3gstore for $199. Here are my first observations.
#1. The included cradle USB plug intended for charging your phone, while in the cradle, will not do that when the cradle is working hard to boost the cell signal. The entire 5.5v and 2 amps will be used to boost, non left over to charge the phone. So, you will need two power feeds. One to the cradle one to the phone. Not a big deal. I told Webost.com they should then remove this USB since it provides no support.
#2. It will boost the signal if and when the signal is at or below -105 dBm, this is the threshold at where the booster will work. Above there, no boost due to too weak of signal.
#3. The cell receive signal strength, the RSSI can be found on an Android phone under Settings > About Phone > Status, there you will see the signal strength. RSSI needs to be below -105 dBm and if you see -65 dBm to -72 Dbm then that is a near perfect signal.
Here are photos of my cell in and out of the WeBoost:
#4. I have been using this RSSI open signal app to test cell coverage and to go site survey maps helping me find the best signal. This OPEN SIGNAL app is available for iPhone and for Android. Use this to make out your signal.
#5. I use the app and web site www.SpeedTest.net to test out my cell connectivity and wifi speeds. I use 100% Verizon cell for all my Internet use and web site management. I have been doing this for years. I am amazed at the current speeds I see of 4G, plus I have a rare, unlimited Verizon data account!
I will be taking this WeBoost amp and testing it AZ, NM, CO, and UT on a remote camping trip. I will report how well it works. I also plan to use this in the Bahamas this winter where it will boost the 3G and 4G signal of BTC Bahamas. On first review and usage, I find it really works well.
I am consisdering replacing the main sail on my IP380. I am wondering if it is time to upgrade from Dacron to some of the new high tech laminate/composite materials. Does anyone have any experience replacing an in-mast furling main with with anything other than cross cut Dacron? I am currently talking to Quantum and Ullman. Any other suggestions?
Lou - I believe that if you're going to be off shore for any extended period of time, more than 24 hours, you should not carry your dinghy on the davits. In the five days it took us to return from Bermuda we had one full day of bad weather with 15' to 20' seas. Had several instances of waves breaking over the bimini. A dinghy on the davits would have been a disaster but with ours secured deflated on deck we came through with no damage. Once you're in the BVI you would be safe to carry it on the davits for short runs between islands.
La Vida Dulce
We have a much smaller boat (350) and this is a concern for us as we are going to BVI with ARC 1500. With the engine off the dinghy, I'm pretty sure the davits will handle the 100 pound weight if properly secured. Pretty sure is not where I'd like to be at this point, but have discussed this with some very experienced WCC people and they have raised my confidence level. Have you talked to the davit supplier?
Does anyone know the 'average' hull thickness of an IP445 below the waterline? How consistent is this?
It's been a long time since you posted this question but if you're still looking we have these:
they are brilliant! Very clean look and easy to put up and maintain.
We just had all of our cushions re-done after purchasing the boat in May. A local canvas shop did the work, Sunbrella fabric, new foam on the bottoms (the back were fine) and new foam in the berths $4,200
Thanks. Clever work-around. Our water tank is Fiberglas.
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