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Cellphone Masthead Antennas
Depends on your distance from the tower. In many cases it will be about as effective to mount a cell antenna on the stern rail as to put it atop the mast, and a heck of a lot cheaper, and portable. We use a small magnetic base antenna from alternativewireless.com which can make a large difference at times.
You also can use a amplifier/booster from Wilson Cellular. But have to watch your distance between the antenna and the booster, that they are very network specific, and they suck amps.
If you''re needing them for reception they need to be turned on all the time. If you are using it for intentional internet access then its like eating amps for 2 laptops to get one on the net.
Try a small, passive auto antenna first and save yourself a few hundred bucks. All depends on your network and their tower availability in your sailing area. Call your network provider''s store closet to your sailing area and ask them to tell you where are their towers are. Booster or not, if they have no towers in your sailing area you are SOL.