This may sound over ambitious and silly but I think I should just ask. Lets assume a college campus (I mean a whole campus with buildings, gardens and workshops and stuff). I am thinking around 17 Acres of land. The signal of cellular phones is full just outside the campus, but just as you cross the first building you lose it totally. And then throughout the core of the campus, you don't have any signal at all.
Now how can I do a survey of such a situation for parameters like signal strength, causes of signal drop, places where I get a much better signal etc. There has to be some methodology to do it scientifically. What equipment will I have to use, are there any pre-existing DIY designs for these?
Also once I workout the cause of the signal drop, how can I boost it. Are there any signal booster for cellular network? I am thinking DIY type, something I would build myself and learning a lot of things in the process.