Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W0EIB, Nov 28, 2019.
Yep, I laughed out loud when I saw the map... It's just more Cell Industry hype...….
I think that is what we (or at least I) have been saying all along. In the "routine, populated areas " there is a small (but still possible) chance that the infrastructure WILL be disrupted for hours, days, or even weeks. (Witness the Northridge 'quake, where cell was out, and highways heavily damaged, or the Loma Prieta quake where entire highways collapsed. Was the infrastructure able to easily cope, or was it overwhelmed?
I'm NOT saying AR is the real "when all else fails" solution, because it may ALSO fail.
But don't forget WA9SVD's 23rd Law: When we plan and design for the "worst case scenario,' nature often comes up with something worse.
Yeah, sometimes even the NEWEST generation Jitterbug phones have trouble getting through to the grandkids...
Ha ha ha! If you believe that marketing map, then I have swampland, bridges, and lots of other things to sell you. Come out here and try it yourself! Even Verizon, which has the best rural coverage by far (by my own experience and discussion with others) has totally bogus maps like this on their website. Even the interactive ones where you can zoom in on an area are BS.
Name some non-remote populated areas that are without service, please.
Folks might be interested to see how seriously the emergency management folks in one large city take AUXCOMM. As most people are aware, western Oregon and Washington will, one of these days be hit with a major earthquake (the "Cascadia" quake). The science is pretty robust these days, and indicates it will happen. Maybe tomorrow, maybe 50 years from now, but it will happen.
A Cascadia quake will obviously have major impacts on Portland, Oregon. Take a look at Portland's Communications Annex to their Emergency Operation Plan. (It's a rather long PDF, go to page 15).
For one, didn’t you read my post above about 40 miles of highway without service? And what’s your definition of remote - a mile outside the city limits? Most well populated areas have cell service. That’s the point, money can be made there.
Scattered populations especially with terrain issues likely don’t get cell service as it’s not profitable. Unless there is a well traveled highway nearby, and even then the terrain might be too much trouble.
Your right, I apologize for that. I should have said if that's what blows anyone's skirt up. Sorry for the
Not all cellular carriers have the same coverage, but between Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, one of them covers almost everywhere. The odds of finding someone who has cell service in any given area are pretty high.
Here is a list of cellular services, many of whom cover under served areas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_wireless_communications_service_providers
I don't laugh, I cringe every time I see someone trying to justify amateur radio as anything other than a fascinating hobby.
Despite the coverage maps John you must know, just a few miles west of you has none. I was able contact a ham on 2m when my cellphone was worthless. Leesburg into DC is pretty good. Go out into WV and forget it!