Re: Mobile Telephone on Campouts
John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 09:49:00 EST
At 02:34 PM 11/21/95 PST, Murphy Peter wrote:
>Be careful what you ask for, you may get it. Last night I received
>the call I had been hoping for: asking me to be the next Scoutmaster
>of our Troop.
>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? Or are most parks and camps outside of the
>range of most services?
First, congratulations on your 'promotion'. I hope to be in the same 'shoes'
sometime in the future.
Just as added information to what has already been said, if you haven't
purchased the phone yet you might want to consider the following. Cellular
phones run at various wattage's and therefore some will have a greater range
than others. Usually the transportable (bag) phones run at the full
allowable 3 watts and will have the greatest range. Most hand held units now
run at just over 1/2 watt (.6 watts) but some only run at 1/4 watt. You'll
want to keep this in mind while shopping for phones. Personally, I own a
hand held .6 watt unit.
As far as area considerations, trees will have some effect on range but not
enough to worry about. Terrain will have a much greater effect and as
someone else has already mentioned, hiking to the top of a hill will enhance
the effective range greatly. As far as coverage at most camp and parks goes,
just turn on the phone and it will tell you if service is available in the
area. Additionally most phones have a signal strength meter giving you a
better idea of the coverage in the area. If you have an extremely weak or no
signal then it is likely that you may have to hike to the top of a hill to
make connection but even then there is no guarantee.
From: John E. Campbell
Wolf Den Leader / Assistant Cub Master
Pack 608, Central Florida Council
Owner: Campbell Automotive Technologies
Automotive Electronic Accessory Specialist
(have a question? feel free to email) :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City