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Old 06-09-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I have a cabin out of normal cell range. I put a cell phone repeater that picks up any cell phone inside and amplifies it to three watts to an outside ant. Works very well.

You can also install a Hughesnet Satellite system and have Internet and phone.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Thanks for the tip Starlite... supposedly we're going to get a cell tower up the road next year, so maybe putting in a repeater might get us some coverage if the bluff doesn't get in the way too badly. Once we get power that is... which is the same problem we have with Internet and VoIP

vinrej - I've experienced the audio lag with VoIP over satellite... no, it's not always the best quality.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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Do you have a local radio station? The radio stations in Alaska send out private messages 3 times a day for folks living in the outlying areas or without a phone. If you're within hearing distance of a local radio station you could just use that number for your emergency/message phone until you figure out something more permanent.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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My friend is going to be stationed in Alaska... no way she'll run into this problem.. .right?
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Where in Alaska?
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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I'm not up in Alaska, but I am in the boonies of Northern California and the only cell company that gets any reception (we do the "Can you hear me now?" thing a lot) is Verizon. Most times we have to walk around outside to get a bar. But it's something, and the only cell company that works up here. In addition, I have a pay as you go phone (Verizon) and pay the mimimum of $15/month, as I only use it for emergencies up here, and very occasionally in town. I'm lucky, though, I do have a land line at the house!

Good luck -- hope you find a good solution!
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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Than there are satelite phones...
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Thanks for the tip Starlite... supposedly we're going to get a cell tower up the road next year, so maybe putting in a repeater might get us some coverage if the bluff doesn't get in the way too badly. Once we get power that is... which is the same problem we have with Internet and VoIP

vinrej - I've experienced the audio lag with VoIP over satellite... no, it's not always the best quality.
You can also run the Satellite system off a solar panel system and battery backup for power. Although the system normally runs off of 110 VAC, they can be modified to run off 12 Volt or you can put an inverter that takes 12 Volt to 110 VAC.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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If we had oodles of money, we'd just get a sat phone. But the object is not really to have phone service, per se, but to have a cheap phone number for people to leave voice mail messages. I'm not real big on the phone myself.

GrammasCabin, I'm not sure if there is a local station in our area with decent reception. We lost almost all the stations once we got outside Fairbanks, so we just turned the radio off (along with our phones). I'll check it out though, would work good for emergencies.

KTownFan - if your friend is stationed at the main military bases, there will be land lines and cell phone reception because they're near the main cities and highways.
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