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The 'GoTenna' - No service? No problem.

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I was reading a page on the web about the best 2015 outdoor gear and this GoTenna caught my eye.  It looks like you install some software on your mobile device and then the device uses an external antenna that gives you two-way and group text messaging/communication when there is no cellular phone service.  Ranges between devices is stated to be as good as 4 mi. away (flat open desert) to 1/3 mi. (city/buildings/high density).

 

Since we often end up in remote areas where coverage is spotty or non-existent, this is another tool that may prove useful in a limited communication scenario.  Thought I'd share the find since it seemed like a novel approach. Coming Summer 2015.

 

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http://www.gotenna.com

 

 


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So it is like making a local repeater on the cell band?  Interesting.


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I was reading a page on the web about the best 2015 outdoor gear and this GoTenna caught my eye.

 

Jared,

 

Not cheap though .... I think I saw $150 per pair.  And the frequency is just above the 2M band, so in some countries it would be illegal.  With a few mW, I'm not sure it will go very far in the real world.

 

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Graeme,

 

I concur -- they have a spiel on their site that explains the conditions they tested in and *apparently* they rated their communication distance conservatively.  For that price, I'm not certain I want to be the guinea pig on this, but still interested if someone else makes the leap.

 

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Sounds like a hi faluting CB. 4mi to .3mi
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Well Rupert, none of us will ever know if you don't go buy some and test them for us.   :P


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Well Rupert, none of us will ever know if you don't go buy some and test them for us.   :P

I will go back to finding my Sat link.....


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Well Rupert, none of us will ever know if you don't go buy some and test them for us.   :P


Where's Ron, it's group buy time! NOT!
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I haven't looked at the page but remember seeing these a while ago... I think it is effectively a router that makes a small ad-hoc network of the nearby devices.  e.g. daisy-chaining all of our cell phones together. If one has cell coverage, great, but from what I understand it would just allow us to communicate with each other on this small network.... kinda like.. uhm... Oh! HAM!

 

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Prior to understanding the benefits of ham radio I might have been interested, but when you can get licensed for $20 and get a Baofeng for $30 that has the ability to hit repeaters and communicate with many more people much further away, it just seems pointless to pay that much for a what's effectively a walkie-talkie. 


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Very interesting idea indeed. 


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Sorta like an Atari computer ;)
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Sorta like an Atari computer ;)

 
But by god, Alan Alda tried to shill them... I think they had more reception in Europe than they did here in their home country.




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Jared,

 

No, Alan Sugar came along with the Amstrad PCW in about 1985 and so the first ASIC-based real world computer (or all in one wordprocessor actually) for the masses hit the U.K by storm.  Atari never really got past "Pong" in the UK.  The rest of Europe still thought the ballpoint pen was neat.

 

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