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valhalla360

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Posted: 08/20/21 07:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bumpyroad wrote:

my mapping app sucks. showed all kinds of red warnings for a section of road ahead. yes there were jersey walls along a section but nothing to react to. but we must worship our smart phones.
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Maybe find a better app...no one is going to force you to but if asking about the best option...worshiping the technology of your childhood is far worse.

Never had it show a warning for jersey barriers when traffic was flowing smoothly, so I'm not sure what to make of that comment.


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Regardless of "coverage maps", cell phone use in Western states is something that should not be relied on! There are long stretches of highway out here, both interstate and federal highways, that cell coverage is spotty or non-existent.
Ham radio 2 meter and 70 centimeter repeaters, however, are very prevalent all across many states. Yes, you need a repeater directory, and your radio must be programmed to hit the repeater. Having a radio that has a SCAN feature to search for active repeaters is a plus. Getting an Amateur radio license is easy and inexpensive. The 2 meter/70 cm radios can be inexpensive or very expensive, your choice. The same goes for antennas.
Having a cell/smart phone can be nice, but in a life/death situation it could very well be worthless!
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Posted: 08/22/21 12:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mowermech wrote:

Regardless of "coverage maps", cell phone use in Western states is something that should not be relied on! There are long stretches of highway out here, both interstate and federal highways, that cell coverage is spotty or non-existent.


You can typically download maps for offline use if you are leaving cell coverage areas. GPS doesn't need cell coverage.

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Posted: 08/22/21 10:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To me, CB radio is still valid for the reasons mentioned. We usually travel with a another couple in their RV so we chatter along the way on the radio. No phone to dial or text to type while driving. Sometimes if a trucker is going our way he joins in the conversation making it interesting. Can't do that on a cell phone. AND, my CB has blue tooth so if I receive a phone call I can just key up and answer it. Since I am also a new General class Ham operator and switching from a pickup truck and toy hauler I also want to add ham radio to the mix in the future.


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valhalla360 wrote:

mowermech wrote:

Regardless of "coverage maps", cell phone use in Western states is something that should not be relied on! There are long stretches of highway out here, both interstate and federal highways, that cell coverage is spotty or non-existent.


You can typically download maps for offline use if you are leaving cell coverage areas. GPS doesn't need cell coverage.


Yes, you can download the map, know where you are. But sometimes you want to be able to tell somebody where you are. For that you need cell coverage.

Most of my life I have been in reach of a CB radio when working. When I bought my last new pickup I bought a new antenna for it. 16 years later still have not mounted it. I have been retired for almost 10 years, so maybe it is better. For the last 15 years I worked I would use the Children's Band in quarry or when needing escort.

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JRscooby wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

mowermech wrote:

Regardless of "coverage maps", cell phone use in Western states is something that should not be relied on! There are long stretches of highway out here, both interstate and federal highways, that cell coverage is spotty or non-existent.


You can typically download maps for offline use if you are leaving cell coverage areas. GPS doesn't need cell coverage.


Yes, you can download the map, know where you are. But sometimes you want to be able to tell somebody where you are. For that you need cell coverage.

Most of my life I have been in reach of a CB radio when working. When I bought my last new pickup I bought a new antenna for it. 16 years later still have not mounted it. I have been retired for almost 10 years, so maybe it is better. For the last 15 years I worked I would use the Children's Band in quarry or when needing escort.


And if you are 20 miles out into the wilderness, they still won't have access via CB.

You can come up with increasingly silly and rare examples that an outdated technology may help but that doesn't mean it's particularly useful.

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I was using Waze to keep an eye on traffic until last week. It started flaking out and doing weird stuff to the point of being unusable. The ads were becoming more frequent and annoying as well. It all got so bad I uninstalled it. I'll miss it


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2112 wrote:

I was using Waze to keep an eye on traffic until last week. It started flaking out and doing weird stuff to the point of being unusable. The ads were becoming more frequent and annoying as well. It all got so bad I uninstalled it. I'll miss it


Use Waze almost daily, never had those issues. Maybe it needed an update?


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It was the auto update v4.76.5.0 updated 01Aug21 that went flakey. I deleted and reinstalled and had the same issues. It didn't know where I was half the time, would direct me to turn on non existing streets, map would freeze, ads would block the map...

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MarkTwain wrote:

There is no separate CB channel just for RVers..
There use to be, and still technically is. Channel 13, and some RVers still use it. Just like Channel 9 is the emergency channel and 11 is the calling channel.

* This post was edited 04/09/22 03:57pm by wny_pat *


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