On the road with Mobile Technology
Traveler's Guide to Mobile Technology
Is having a cell phone enough for traveling the byways of Oregon?
The short answer is most likely not. Although with current smartphone technology you have access to maps, directions and even traffic information. This system will only work if you’re able to save your route on your phone (in case that you lose your data signal).
GPS navigational systems works well, the maps are preloaded and can be updated, and even some vehicles thankfully have NAV systems installed. You may purchase a portable GPS unit without too much fuss. Just be aware that dense forests and for that matter dense cityscapes can interfere with GPS signals. In any case ‘old’ tech, yup paper maps are still available.
Lets chat about CB Radios. Yes they’re still in use today and most Truckers have them. Why? Its a great way to communicate short distance. It’s relatively inexpensive and has saved numerous lives when there’s no cell service. Pick one up that has a magnetic mount antenna and your ready to roll.
If you have what it takes get a HAM license in which opens up so much communication potential.
Of course there is the SAT phone option, prices have recently dropped, just as GPS though you’ll need a clear view of the sky to get your signal out Traveling the Oregon byways is a wonderful experience, we wish you safe travels