Cellular Phones as an Emergency Backup
Frank Boals (frankboa@SPRYNET.COM)
Sun, 9 Jun 1996 17:35:44 -0700
Cellular Phones are extremely limited in range. The more portable they
get, generally, the less transmission power. The handhelds used to be
0.6 watts. I doubt this tragedy would have been prevented by possesion
of a cell phone. Without a retransmission tower within three miles, the
phone would probably have been useless.
I live within seventy miles of D.C., and there are areas of poor
Please note this assumes much. I have not looked at a map of the area
where the Scout died.
Ham radios however do have significant sending distances, are portable,
and generally have excellant coverage (someone is always listening.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City