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Have an external antennae on ours, worth ever penny,connects first time every time, calls are reliable and downloading weather gribs is also reliable.  

Used in the last RNI and didn't matter how rough or which way the boat was facing.

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I've been told by a Satph expert an external antenna will make a big difference and fitting one is a very wise choice... so I am.

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If I disconnect the external antenna on ours and try and use it I loose 2 bars of reception.  Makes a huge difference.  However I used one the other week on a cat that was installed with the internal antenna 'looking' through the front glass window and it worked ok.  Probably best to try and see if you are worried about the cost, if not run with the antenna.  

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If I disconnect the external antenna on ours and try and use it I loose 2 bars of reception.  Makes a huge difference.  However I used one the other week on a cat that was installed with the internal antenna 'looking' through the front glass window and it worked ok.  Probably best to try and see if you are worried about the cost, if not run with the antenna.  

No there's an aerial already there for an Iridium phone cradle, just thinking we might be able to lose it.

But for 2 bars of coverage I'll keep it.

Thanks for the input y'all, ;-) 

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Last time I syssed Aussie

Was expensive fir minutes. NZ or the US were far cheaper. As was buying 'a block' over pay as you go.

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With our one I think it would work without the aerial as it mostly has near full reception but the download speed seems to be much faster with the external aerial and 5 bars reception the whole time. With the time it can take to download some files you really can't have any breaks in reception over that time or it 'times' out.

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