Re: Mobile Telephone on Campouts
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 07:22:27 -0500
On Tue, 21 Nov 1995, Murphy Peter wrote:
> Is it practical to use a mobile telephone for emergency communications
> on campouts and hikes?
Do the woods create enough of an obstacle to
> prevent communications?
Woods usually don't. But cellular communications uses frequencies that
are "line of sight." Thus, terrain sometimes limits communications.
Depends on whether your antenna can "see" the antenna of the nearest
cell. If the cell antenna is located on top of a nearby mountain, no
problem. If you're in a narrow valley & the cell site is several
mountains away, you're out of luck. You can improve things by going to
the high ground when you need to make a call.
Or are most parks and camps outside of the
> range of most services?
Depends on where you are & how much $ the cell provider has invested in
your area. The further from civilization, the less investment, the
poorer the communications. I carry a ham radio for this purpose. My SM
has a cell phone in his truck. When we've experimented, the ham radio
beats the cell phone every time.
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City