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 07-10-2018 05:30 AM
 ilvla2
 
We have a strong Highway Call Box program here, too, they cover the state and federal highways, often in areas where cell coverage is weak to non existent, they use either cellular or satellite for service, are solar/battery powered and connect directly with the CHP.

http://www.mendocinocog.org/safe.shtml

http://www.mendocinocog.org/pdf/Map%20from%20SAFE%202016-2020%20SAFE%20Strategic%20&%20Financial%20Plan-Final.pdf Call Box locations

http://www.mendocinocog.org/pdf/News/SAFE%20press%20release-Satellite%20Call%20Boxes%20Installed%202014-01-17.pdf About the satellite call boxes

This is a very rural, rugged and heavily forested area, including Redwoods that can get almost 400 feet high, it's one of the hardest areas in the US RF wise to cover.
 
 07-10-2018 05:55 AM
 @TheRealDanny
 
Originally posted by ilvla2:
We have a strong Highway Call Box program here, too, they cover the state and federal highways, often in areas where cell coverage is weak to non existent, they use either cellular or satellite for service, are solar/battery powered and connect directly with the CHP.

http://www.mendocinocog.org/safe.shtml

http://www.mendocinocog.org/pdf/Map%20from%20SAFE%202016-2020%20SAFE%20Strategic%20&%20Financial%20Plan-Final.pdf Call Box locations

http://www.mendocinocog.org/pdf/News/SAFE%20press%20release-Satellite%20Call%20Boxes%20Installed%202014-01-17.pdf About the satellite call boxes

This is a very rural, rugged and heavily forested area, including Redwoods that can get almost 400 feet high, it's one of the hardest areas in the US RF wise to cover.


As a California native I can confirm this. There are so many roadways especially on the coast towards Oregon where there is absolutely no coverage with any carrier. Even here in SoCal in our mountains once you pass the ski resorts cell coverage becomes non existent.

Add 98% of Death Valley, CA. and nearby unincorporated roads of the beautiful Mojave Desert to this list of carrier dead zones.

As an avid hiker even my Verizon MiFi that my employer pays for (that I keep in my bag) does me no good when there is no network to connect to. Most of the time I'm actually okay with this as I love nature and I love the solitude.
 
 07-10-2018 06:01 AM
 @TheRealDanny
 
Originally posted by sectime:
I quit stressing about cell coverage in rural Southwest. I have the $15 Sprint plan and a Mobley plan. What gives me peace of mind is a $15/month Garmin InReach Explorer. Connected to Iridium network. Has two way text, GPS, weather, and SOS two way text. I carry it while out and about, and have used the SOS a couple of times to help others in trouble in middle of nowhere Utah. Nothing like hearing help coming in those situations.


That's pretty awesome.

I can concur. I drove last year north from Vegas into Utah then down to the Northern RIM of the Grand Canyon. I had AT&T Postpaid at the time. If I wasn't roaming on Commnet I had no service for long stretches of road.

It's irritating for a minute but I got over it. It was actually nice to disconnect.

Funny thing was my buddy had Sprint and he actually had 1xRTT service in and around Bryce Canyon in Utah for some of those long stretches where I had No Service.
 
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