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Yosemite Park Highway 120 Coverage report

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Steven M. Scharf, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. <davNOLindiSpamatHotmaledotkom (David L)> wrote in message
    news:vmusv51kc7b549@corp.supernews.com...
    >
    > Travelling Hwy 120 east towards the Yosemite Park, digital coverage ends
    > near Knights Ferry in the foothills.


    <snip>

    I found the same thing with digital coverage. Verizon
    coverage started around Oakdale (got voicemail
    indicators).

    Inside Yosemite there is some AMPS coverage, but it's
    touch and go. Good coverage up at Badger Pass ski
    area, but in the valley I often had no coverage. I
    don't think the antennas inside the valley provide
    AMPS coverage, they are for the park service's own
    system.

    OTOH with GSM, there was no coverage at all from
    Golden State Cellular of course.

    AMPS is still king!
     



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  2. Stevie

    Stevie Guest

    Yep

    Thank the good heavens some of us still have phones that fall back to analog


    <davNOLindiSpamatHotmaledotkom (David L)> wrote in message
    news:vmusv51kc7b549@corp.supernews.com...
    >
    > Travelling Hwy 120 east towards the Yosemite Park, digital coverage ends
    > near Knights Ferry in the foothills.
    >
    > Surprisingly good, all analog coverage, roaming on Golden State
    > Cellular. Extreme topography make for intermittent service on
    > mountainous Hwy 120. Phone switched to an unusable digital signal a
    > couple of times at higher elevations.
    >
    > Didn't go into Yosemite Valley. Golden State is an analog/cdma carrier.
    > Map shows two towers in Yosemite Valley. Can anyone confirm digital
    > coverage? The great density of users would require digital.
    >
    > Excellent coverage throughout Tuolumne Meadows. Analog call quality was
    > superb, and clarity was frequently noted by the people I called.
    > However, there was an echo on at least 10% of calls.
    > 611 calls went to a Golden State operator, who then transferred them to
    > Verizon CS.
    >
    > An ATT phone was using Digital mode in Tuolumne Meadows and had fair
    > coverage on trip as well.
    >
    > The towers Golden State use don't show up in the FCC database.
    > Apparently, Golden state has antennas within the park. Wish I new what
    > mountain top the antenna was on since Tuolumne Meadows at 8500+ feet.
    >
    > Zip code for Yosemite is 95389.
    >
    > *18 registration REQUIRED to start receiving calls. Even after making a
    > few calls first.
    > Handset was discovered to be in AUTO A. Not sure if this would make a
    > difference.
    >
    > Patches of analog coverage through magnificent, Tioga pass, and at
    > eastern base of canyon. Switching to Verizon digital as Hwy 120
    > flattened towards the town of Lee Vining and Mono Lake, at the western
    > edge of the Great Basin Desert.
    >
    > Gazing across the huge expanse of high desert chapparal, and barren,
    > multicolored mountain crags in the distance, I thought...
    > should have brought the 3 watt bag phone;-)
    >
    > In short, great analog coverage for such terrain, estimating 30%+.
    > Digital only phones would be useless for about 80 miles on this stretch
    > of road.
    >
    > Golden State Cellular Map
    >
    > http://www.goldenstatecellular.com/cellmaps.htm
    >
    > -
    > David
    >
    > [posted via phonescoop.com]
     

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