posted on Mar, 28 2009 @ 04:17 PM
reply to post by hiii_98
I created a GSM Google Earth overlay, but I recall you had difficult using it. Here it is again:
Google Earth GSM coverage overlay
My recollection is the coverage was flaky on Mt. Diablo for GSM. No problem for CDMA, but the CDMA at Tonopah (based on when I was a Verison customer)
is that crappy "extended digital" you get when you roam on CDMA. It has voice, but none of the fancy digital features work. With GSM, where it
exists, everything seems to work as you roam. I've done tethered modem internet via T-mobile roaming along route 95. [In general, AT&T requires you
to pay for tethering, but given that the Iphone has such an expensive plan, maybe they include it in the service.]
One of the regular range visitors has satellite internet. The latency on satellite is pretty bad, so I don't think it would support streaming video.
When you SKYPE over satellite, you say "OVER", much like ham radio, to get around the latency issue.
In the old analog cellular days, if you had an external antenna, making phone calls from high points around the range perimeter wasn't a problem.
With digital, there are timing issues that limit your range.
There are ways to send video from Tikaboo, but none are simple. The problem is the line of site of Tikaboo doesn't see much "civilization." Badger
Moutain blocks Alamo. The Groom range blocks Rachel. The only "civilization" seen from Tikaboo is Hiko and Crystal Springs. You would need to set up
a point to point link to one of those "towns", then go over DSL.
It would be far less work just to rent a satcom phone, though the quality of the video would be very poor.