By, Stu Olson N7QJP
One of the more popular trail comm "take-alongs" is the ever-popular cellular phone. Anyone who has used one realizes that they will not work unless you are within the operating range of a cell site. Depending on your off-roading location, this may or may not be a problem. In my case, out in the middle of the Arizona nowhere, cell phone coverage is very spotty, at best, and usually nonexistent. Again, this will vary depending on where your favorite trails happen to be, and may even be dependent on your exact position on that trail. Cell phones are certainly useful and easy to operate, but usually are out of signal range. The price for a phone varies from free to several hundred dollars, depending on the model. Of course, you must activate it and pay your monthly bill in order to use it. The best part about a phone is that you can talk directly to whom you want, with no relaying of information by someone else.