- Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:46 am
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I also bought a Wilson Trucker to use with MMS cams. The Truckers come with an FME ("For Mobile Equipment") connector on the end of the coaxial cable that goes between the device (a cell phone for most users, or a trail camera for us crazy people) and the antenna. You'll need an adapter from the FME connector to the type SMA ("SubMiniature version A") connector on the camera. I think the adapter needs to be FME male to SMA female.
There are actually a couple of types of Truckers, a 21½" one with a spring at the bottom of its mast, and a 36" version. I'd recommend the shorter one, with a "three-way mount." That mount is made to be clamped onto something tubular like a "West Coast" mirror frame, or can be screwed to a wall or other surface. The mount could be strapped to the tree where your camera is mounted, up high enough to maybe get a better connection for the cam.
Put the antenna up as high as you can, but leave enough slack in the cable to make a "drip loop" so that rain and other moisture will run to that low point on the cable rather than directly to where the cable connects to the cam. (Search the term "drip loop" on this forum to see what I'm yakking about.) If your camera is in a security case, leave a little more slack in the cable, so you can slide the cam out of the case to change the card, etc., without having to disconnect the antenna. Running even a low power transmitter like a cell phone or cam without an antenna connected can be bad for the device.
Now, after all that, the HCO #114 antenna is more expensive because it's a directional antenna, meaning it works best when aimed directly at the cell tower you want the cam to exchange signals with. A good omnidirectional antenna like the one from DLC Covert might be just fine for getting your cam beyond the 1-2 bars, for around the same price or maybe less than the Trucker. The DLC antenna will have an SMA connector on its cable, and won't require you to screw in the six radials that make up its ground plane before you can put it up. I've already managed to snap one of the shorter radials off where it threads into the antenna, so I think I'm going to stick with the Covert antennas from now on. Maybe some day I'll build a Yagi, another directional antenna that you can read up on right here on ChasinGame.
Good luck with your new cam.