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Top message:  DuraXT Reception? by Sandyon66   Jul 7, 2012, 10:05 PM

Replying to:  Re: DuraXT Reception? by Sandyon66   Jul 22, 2012, 9:12 AM

Re: DuraXT Reception?

by cellphonesaretools    Jul 24, 2012, 1:42 AM

From the Nextel standby screen, put your Nextel iDEN phone into "Trace Mode":

1) In fairly rapid succession, press these four buttons on your phone:
# * Menu right-arrow (pound sign is lower right, star is lower left, main menu button is ususlly near the D-pad, and "right arrow" is the D-pad's right arrow button)

2) You should now be in a new menu with Trace Mode at top of menu. Cursor down to either "Tx Status" or "Rx Status", then press OK button at center of your Nextel iDEN phone's D-pad. ("Tx" = transmit, "Rx" = receive, either will do for this exercise)

3) You will see a bunch of numbers that gives the signal strength, the individual antenna number to which your phone was connected at the moment you did the four-keystroke Trace Mode routine in # 1 above, signal "quality", the signal attenuation in dB, sometimes the internal temperature of the phone in degrees Celcius (but only if the phone is fairly warm internally), and a few other numbers that I can't recall right now.

4) Press the "Back" softkey.

5) Now you see once again Trace Mode menu, cursor down to highlight menu item "GPS", press "OK" button at center of your D-pad.

6) Now you are in a new menu with the header "GPS". The top menu item "Location" should be highlighted. If not, cursor up/down until "Location" is highlighted, then press OK at center of your phone's D-pad.

7) New screen appears with header "GPS Location", wherein "C Lat" and "C Lon" give the actual latitude & longitude of the TOWER (ANTENNA) to which you were connected when you first did the magic Trace Mode four-keypress sequence in (1) above.

8] In the US, your "C Lat" will likely show something similar to "N 35.12345" and "C lon" will show something like "W 117.12345". Type those exact Lat & Lon numbers into the search textbox of Google Earth or Google Maps or Bing Maps, hit return and you'll be shown a map pinpointing the exact location of the tower (I prefer satellite views, and my favorite tool to use is Google Earth).

9) If you know how to find YOUR location (Lat. & Lon.) using your Nextel phone, you can type THOSE numbers into Google Earth as well, then use Google Earth's measure tool to see exactly how far you were from the tower when you took YOUR location and the TOWER's location. To find YOUR GPS location: Main Menu > GPS > Position > OK > Refresh ("Refresh" is a softkey). Extend the phone's antenna, lay the phone down on a non-metallic item that has a clear view of the sky, and wait until the phones gives a single chirp tone to indicate it was able to obtain a GPS reading. If the phone can not obtain satisfactory GPS signal, it will emit a single "sad tone". You really need to be where there is a clear view of a lot of sky, and it needs to be clear sky, not overcast. Sometimes I can get a GPS location reading by setting my phone (antenna extended) on a windowsill, but not always.

The ability to take your own GPS location reading, even if you are not on the network at the time, the ability to use Trace Mode to see the tower location, etc, are just some of the many "professional grade" characteristics I will miss when the current Nextel+iDEN+Motorola is gone and we are forced over to Sprint's "kiddie grade" CDMA system & handsets, which are not nearly as useful nor as interesting as Nextel+iDEN+Motorola is.

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