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Old 09-27-2017, 04:34 AM
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I received my CL1-GSM Controller from eBay - $29.99 incl shipping. The relay switch is controlled remotely with a cell phone by simple text messages.

I bought a TracFone SIM card with a $15 pay-as-you-go plan, which covers 30 days use. I will refill the card for October & November and then again for March & April. I don’t plan on flying the plane during the heavy winter months. The SIM card must be for T-Mobile network. T-Mobile is only carrier that currently supports a 2G cell network, which is what the CL1-GSM uses. T-Mobile will continue to support 2G until Dec 2020 at which time they will shut down the network and I will need to replace the switch with a unit using 4G network. No problem, for $30 this cheap relay switch works a charm…

The relay switch allows you to set a master number and user-selected password so only your cell phone will control it. No other phones or robo calls can operate it.

The relay switch sends confirming messages to my cell phone to indicate state of the relay. For instance… “State is ON” or “State is OFF”. The unit can also turn on for a predetermined time, which is ideal for the engine pre-heater. I will initially set the timer to run for 60 minutes and adjust that time as conditions warrant.
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:00 AM
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Suggestions are good.

My typical use is (1) stop for a cup of coffee, (2) arrive at hangar and plug in HPS (Hairdryer Preheat System TM ), (3) drink coffee, preflight, do small chores that you've put off, chat with hangar neighbors, (4) 45 minutes later, start engine. I would not recommend operating this system unattended.

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I think you are missing the restroom break in your workflow. I would not fly with out a pre flight pit stop with all of the coffee you drink
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Old 09-27-2017, 06:56 AM
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Update to my post above... I just found a less expensive cell phone plan offered directly by T-Mobile. You buy the SIM card directly from T-Moble for $10 (T-Mobile®Prepaid Mobile Internet 3-in-1 SIM Kit). Then a 30 text/month pay-as-you-go plan only costs $3/month.

It's almost free...
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:30 AM
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Default Update on Cell Phone Switch…

Update to post #71 above… The CL1-GSM has proved unreliable when positioned at the hanger. I think either poor proximity to cell tower or 2G cell network is causing the problem.

I have bought a 4G cell phone switch again on eBay for $149. Vendor is Relay-Supply in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Delivery is three days. Unit works excellent on my $3/month T-Mobile SIM card. This unit has ability to monitor quality of connection to the cell tower. At the hanger with external antenna the cell connection is 24/30.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/4G-GSM-High...72.m2749.l2649

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Old 10-18-2017, 08:33 AM
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Metal siding and roofing can interfere with or block cell phone signals.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:17 PM
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Metal siding and roofing can interfere with or block cell phone signals.
Actually I think the metal is acting like a ground plane with antenna mounted outside. Signal with same antenna inside the hanger was 17/30 and 24/30 where it is installed on the angled drip edge.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:37 PM
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In the US T-Mo is rolling out an extended range LTE tower set, BUT some older devices like my Samsung Note3 will have NO service on the new towers.
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