|Re: New Long Range Cordless Phones?|
|Robert Bonomi (email@example.com)|
Sat, 26 Mar 2005 14:13:49 -0000
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dave|
> If I set up another computer with Asterix running, this kludge isnt
> The other problems with sourcing VOIP from a provider in Alaska is
> Other then costs and time involved in getting a tech class ham
There's a matter of finding an "available", legal, radio channel to
You've got some recurring costs for license fees, etc. to the FCC.
Then there's the license fee, itself; Looks like $55-$155. "depending"
I think that's good for 5 years. "Renewals", for like period, same cost.
Then, there's the equipment cost.
Buying new, you'll spend beaucoup thousands. On the used/surplus
Transistorized gear uses a few tens of watts on standby. Maybe a couple
Good antennas make a *BIG* difference in range. They, cost, too.
The higher in the air you can get them, the better, of course.
The interconnect to the PSTN is fairly simple -- In the ham radio
Generally, they let you *originate* calls from your radio, only.
"Pseudo encryption" is problematic. The law requires you to announce
Technically, minimal 'speech scrambling' is relatively trivial. I'm
Going the 'ham radio' route has its problems, too. It's, legally,
> Or should I just say forget this idea and go back to Iridium?
I'd suggest trying a "better" roof antenna on the cell-phone.
Speculating -- you've got an 'omnidirectional' antenna, like a 'mag
A directional "beam" antenna, pointed at the cell tower, can make a *lot*
> Tony P. wrote:
>>> I'm living in a rural Alaskan town and traditional cell service is
>> I highly doubt that it is legal in the U.S. However, modifying your
>> From what I've read about these units they operate in the amateur
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