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Identify Cell Phone Frequency

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:03 pm
by Enceladus
Is there a way that I can identify what frequency cell coverage is in a specific area?
I'm not trying to decode it, but just identify the frequency band.

I'm trying to help a friend that lives west of Denver, using Verizon. The cell coverage is very poor. I'd like to help order a cell phone booster for that specific band, but I haven't been able to identify what frequency the coverage is for that area.

I've tried a WEB search, called Verizon, and a couple other companies, but no one has been of any help. Most want to sell me a system that covers ALL the bands (more expensive!).

I was hoping that I could search the different Verizon cell bands (700, 850, 1900 & 2100) with the cell phone active, and identify the signal.

Is this possible?

Mike

Re: Identify Cell Phone Frequency

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:57 pm
by rtlsdrblog
Look up what frequencies they're using on the FCC database, then check your SDR to see if those signals are there, or are weak. An RTL-SDR will only cover the lower bands, but you could try something like a HackRF for the higher cell bands.