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June 2011 4xForum - Letters to the Editor

Posted in Features on March 17, 2011
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Send questions, comments, and suggestions to: 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine,
Attn: Christian Lee, 1733 Alton Parkway, Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606, or

Cell Phone Signal Enhancers

Q: Years ago I recall reading an article about a cell phone signal enhancer in the back of your magazine. I’ve searched your website plus my back issues and can’t find the article. Any help please.

Englewood, CO

A: I scoured our archives but couldn’t find anything related. However, Wilson Electronics (866) 839-9408, in St. George, Utah, offers a wide range of in-vehicle mobile (phone and data card) signal amplifiers to suit the needs of most. Each amplifier must be paired with an external antenna and most require no physical connection to your cell phone or data card. The amplifier is designed to increase signal, reduce disconnects and dropouts, and increase data communication rates required for 3G technology. Editor Phil Howell uses a similar unit that was issued to him by Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue; he reports that it works well in fringe areas.

Where are the SUVs?

Comment: The name of your magazine is 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine, but month after month, it’s cover-to-cover Jeeps, Jeeps, Jeeps. What happened to the sport utilities or many of the other 4WDs? If you look at the vehicles driven in the Florence Coke Ovens article in your March 2011 issue,they are not Jeeps but Xterras, Tacomas, Pathfinders, and other 4x4 pickup trucks.

I own a 2010 Nissan Xterra, and when I go on the trails of northern California I see lots of vehicles other than Jeeps.I bet there are lots of readers who want more sport utilities and other 4WDs featured in your magazine. There are lots of readers out there who own vehicles that are still brand new under warranty, and they use them for their intended purpose and love off-roading just as much as any Jeeper. Please include more articles geared towards guys like me. Keep up the good work!

Hiro Makino
Hayward, CA

Reply: Hiro, thanks for your letter. Rest assured that we will do our best to incorporate more sport utilities (including Nissans) into the magazine. We see a great variety of 4x4s on our local trails and have spied an increasing amount of stock and modified non-Jeep SUVs. Though we do lack in Nissan coverage, we have featured a good bit of tech on Toyota vehicles, especially in Associate Editor Kevin Blumer’s daily-driver 4Runner project and this month’s Venture Toy project overview. You can also expect to see tech on my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee daily driver in an upcoming issue. Thanks for writing. ’Wheel on.

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