MikeVDS wrote:Jammers? Are all conventional cell phones in the 800ghz range? How might a "jammer" effect the communications at the airport? From what I understand they'd work by creating so much "noise" that a cell phone cannot detect a signal, does anyone know the s/n ratio before typical cells are effectively "jammed"?
Though it's not a bad idea if you're one who wants to keep things how they "were" (good luck buster), there are some things that need to be worked through. Anyone here educated enough on some of the specifics to inform others about the feasibility of the idea?
Things change. Ya have to learn to grow with it and adapt to it. Sad, but true.
Jamming the cellsite? Not the smartest idea. Along with the problems with harmonic interference to other services (like the Org's com system, Remsa/lifeflight, the local cops, etc.) you're jamming a legal licensed radio service. Know what the FCC will do? Show up on the playa and see all the pretty pyrat stations (including things like BMIR) and shut them down, take their equipment, and fine the shit out of the owners. And maybe pull the org's radio license for allowing the jamming and the pyrats, eminating from their "property", to continue. The FCC have become real (pardon me) dicks recently. Wanna bet Sprint (and all the other licensed carriers) wouldn't jump on this bandwagon? Can your lawyer beat theirs? Ug.
Will the cellsite reach the playa? It already does in places. Won't take much of an upgrade to blanket the thing. And looking at the big picture (the other 48 weeks of the year) the first time that Sprint service saves some fool's bogged ass out there in the spring they'll be saviors.
So the thing is (sadly) this. The event has to (again) change to meet the current conditions. Just like forming a circle and having a city plan and putting the man on a pedestal because of the people, like having ESD and Rangers and DMV and Fire safety and Remsa and CampArtica and all the infrastructure - the event will survive this. Is it good? It doesn't matter - it just is.
I still think that if you really need that outside link you should be willing to pony up for a satphone. As oversaturated as that cellsite will be, it still may be the answer. But ya can't pretend it won't be there, because now, or later, it will be there. Sorry. But it's better to face reality - and deal with it - than hide from it.