Two “Enemies” of Marine Signal Boosters

Do you know the two biggest enemies of a marine signal booster? We do, and we can show how you to fix them for better marine cellular reception.

Do you own a marine cell phone signal booster? If so, might’ve encountered oscillation and overload. These side effects are the two biggest enemies of marine signal boosters. Fortunately, most new marine signal boosters automatically correct these problems. If you’re using older equipment, there are things you can do to lessen the effects of oscillation and/or overload. As your marine cell phone booster expert, we want to make sure that you get the enhanced reception you deserve.

What is a Marine Signal Booster?
A marine signal booster keeps you connected and provides good data speeds as long as the slightest of signals is available. These systems feature two antennas – one outside the boat, the other inside – and a signal amplifier. If you’re out to sea when you receive a call, the outside antenna takes the weak cellular signals, passes them through a cable to the signal amplifier, then sends that amplified signal to the antenna inside the boat. The inside antenna broadcasts boosted signal to the phones and devices inside the boat.

When you place a call from inside the boat, this all works in reverse. The signal passes through the inside antenna, which sends it through the amplifier then broadcasts the signal to nearby cellular towers. A marine cell phone signal booster is typically used to improve cellular connections on boats, oil rigs, and marinas.

What is Oscillation?
Back in the early days of marine cell phone boosters, you know you had oscillation when your cell phone made a high-pitched shriek. With today’s marine cell phone boosters, oscillation causes the system to simply shut down until the problem is resolved. Either way, oscillation happens when the antenna inside the cabin of your vessel is too close to the system’s outside antenna.

Fortunately, if you have newer marine signal booster equipment, oscillation really isn’t a problem at all. Chances are good that your booster has the technology to battle oscillation on its own. You can give your system a hand my making sure there’s 15 vertical feet between your booster system and your vessel’s outside antenna. If you hear a high-pitched screech over your cellphone, then there’s a good chance your cell booster is older legacy equipment that needs to be replaced.

What is Overload?
Ever feel like your marine cellular signal booster just “quits working?” Don’t worry! Chances are, your shiny new marine cellular booster isn’t broken. You’re just experiencing overload. This is what happens when the signal outside is strong enough to not need a booster. When this happens, the booster will keep reducing power automatically until the overload problem goes away. Chances are, you won’t even notice.

So when it comes to overload, we have the easiest fix of all – do nothing, because your marine signal booster will probably fix itself. These overload effects also go away once you pull away from the nearby cell towers on shore. Still, if you’re using older equipment, it’s time to think about upgrading to a new marine cell phone signal booster to get the best in improved cellular reception whether you’re close to shore or out to sea.

Your Marine Signal Booster Solution
Do you need to improve the cellular connection on your vessel, marina, or oil rig? Or maybe you need to replace one of the parts on your existing cell phone signal booster? Whatever you need, Solid Signal is your marine signal booster expert. We have three cell phone booster products that are best suited for marine installations, including one made by Shakespeare. The manufacturer has collaborated with a leading cell phone signal booster company to produce this marine-rated cellular booster. Call us at 888-233-7563 to get the best marine cell phone booster for your needs.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.