Ensign PhonesYou might be wondering why I am doing a post on communications by figured anybody who does a transcontinental travel needs to realize that cell phones are not the most ideal for use at all times because we will be doing this walk from Homestead, Florida to Seattle, Washington, we will encounter several cell phone dead zones.  Now for those of you who drive know that the cell phone dead zones can be a pain in the butt, but when you are driving the dead zones can last anywhere from five minutes all week to several hours.  Keeping that in mind, we will be on foot.  So for every 3 miles of dead zone.  It will be approximately one hour of travel time to complicate things.  What happens if we have to set up camp in one of these cell phone dead zones.  If all we were using were cell phones for communication and a emergency happens to be in a serious situation.

Now to counter that we will be bringing with us a ham radio, also known as an amateur radio.  The one we will be bringing with us is not my preferred model for this for, but was chosen because I have any extra battery pack and a battery pack that will take standard AA batteries that happens to be one of the things that sky warm recommends I also have a list of all the ham radio repeaters that we will be within range of on this trip.  I will be monitoring to the national call frequency for ham radio.  Well, the 2 m spectrum of the band.  I will also be using the tactical callsign, due to a pole they ran on this website a few months ago that tactical callsign will be “Walker Control” I have chosen to use a tactical callsign for this to make it easier for people who are interested in contacting us on the walk by a ham radio not have to remember my official FCC callsign KF7KIP .

I know this blog post is a short one, but I felt I should give you some information.

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