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  1. #1
    Frank Harris
    Guest
    I spent Thanksgiving with friends and relatives in Portland, Oregon and
    we made a day trip to see Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.

    Sprint PCS coverage was solid along I-5 from Portland to exit 49, and
    lasted a mile or two east on highway 504. I think I had SPCS coverage
    at the MSHNVM Visitor Center in Silver Lake. For about 20 miles east,
    past Toutle, WA, my phone analog roamed on US Cellular (SID 1784) and I
    was able to make and receive calls. East of there, my phone lost
    signal, then picked up USCC for a few miles around milepost 27, then
    lost it again for the rest of the way to the Coldwater Ridge Visitors
    Center.

    Another cell phone in the car was a Siemens S46 on ATTWS. Once we left
    I-5, it had no signal anywhere along hwy 504. The S46 has GSM900/1900
    and TDMA 800/1900 (no GSM800 and no analog).

    The volcano was awesome! You can see the VolcanoCam at
    http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/

    --
    Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680 and PRL 10025



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  2. #2
    Kovie
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Hi Frank. You might remember me as the guy who had battery life problems
    with a Samsung SCH-2000 a number of years ago. I've since upgraded to a
    longer-lasting Toshiba VM-4050 (which now lasts for several days provided I
    don't use it much!). Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as I
    was in St. Helens myself on Sunday. I didn't get any reception for the last
    few miles or at the Coldwater VC. However, several months ago I was also at
    St. Helens, but on Rt. 99 on the NE side of the mountain, and did get
    reception at the last parking lot before the roadblock to Windy Ridge. Given
    the potentially explosive nature of the mountain, I suppose that this is one
    place where it would be important to have cell service, in case one goes off
    the beaten path. Then again, last time I checked you weren't allowed to hike
    close to the mountain.

    --
    Kovie
    [email protected]zen


    "Frank Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I spent Thanksgiving with friends and relatives in Portland, Oregon and we
    >made a day trip to see Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.
    >
    > Sprint PCS coverage was solid along I-5 from Portland to exit 49, and
    > lasted a mile or two east on highway 504. I think I had SPCS coverage at
    > the MSHNVM Visitor Center in Silver Lake. For about 20 miles east, past
    > Toutle, WA, my phone analog roamed on US Cellular (SID 1784) and I was
    > able to make and receive calls. East of there, my phone lost signal, then
    > picked up USCC for a few miles around milepost 27, then lost it again for
    > the rest of the way to the Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center.
    >
    > Another cell phone in the car was a Siemens S46 on ATTWS. Once we left
    > I-5, it had no signal anywhere along hwy 504. The S46 has GSM900/1900 and
    > TDMA 800/1900 (no GSM800 and no analog).
    >
    > The volcano was awesome! You can see the VolcanoCam at
    > http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/
    >
    > --
    > Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680 and PRL 10025






  3. #3
    Kovie
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Hi Frank. You might remember me as the guy who had battery life problems
    with a Samsung SCH-2000 a number of years ago. I've since upgraded to a
    longer-lasting Toshiba VM-4050 (which now lasts for several days provided I
    don't use it much!). Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as I
    was in St. Helens myself on Sunday. I didn't get any reception for the last
    few miles or at the Coldwater VC. However, several months ago I was also at
    St. Helens, but on Rt. 99 on the NE side of the mountain, and did get
    reception at the last parking lot before the roadblock to Windy Ridge. Given
    the potentially explosive nature of the mountain, I suppose that this is one
    place where it would be important to have cell service, in case one goes off
    the beaten path. Then again, last time I checked you weren't allowed to hike
    close to the mountain.

    --
    Kovie
    [email protected]zen


    "Frank Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I spent Thanksgiving with friends and relatives in Portland, Oregon and we
    >made a day trip to see Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.
    >
    > Sprint PCS coverage was solid along I-5 from Portland to exit 49, and
    > lasted a mile or two east on highway 504. I think I had SPCS coverage at
    > the MSHNVM Visitor Center in Silver Lake. For about 20 miles east, past
    > Toutle, WA, my phone analog roamed on US Cellular (SID 1784) and I was
    > able to make and receive calls. East of there, my phone lost signal, then
    > picked up USCC for a few miles around milepost 27, then lost it again for
    > the rest of the way to the Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center.
    >
    > Another cell phone in the car was a Siemens S46 on ATTWS. Once we left
    > I-5, it had no signal anywhere along hwy 504. The S46 has GSM900/1900 and
    > TDMA 800/1900 (no GSM800 and no analog).
    >
    > The volcano was awesome! You can see the VolcanoCam at
    > http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/
    >
    > --
    > Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680 and PRL 10025






  4. #4
    Kovie
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Hi Frank. You might remember me as the guy who had battery life problems
    with a Samsung SCH-2000 a number of years ago. I've since upgraded to a
    longer-lasting Toshiba VM-4050 (which now lasts for several days provided I
    don't use it much!). Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as I
    was in St. Helens myself on Sunday. I didn't get any reception for the last
    few miles or at the Coldwater VC. However, several months ago I was also at
    St. Helens, but on Rt. 99 on the NE side of the mountain, and did get
    reception at the last parking lot before the roadblock to Windy Ridge. Given
    the potentially explosive nature of the mountain, I suppose that this is one
    place where it would be important to have cell service, in case one goes off
    the beaten path. Then again, last time I checked you weren't allowed to hike
    close to the mountain.

    --
    Kovie
    [email protected]zen


    "Frank Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I spent Thanksgiving with friends and relatives in Portland, Oregon and we
    >made a day trip to see Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.
    >
    > Sprint PCS coverage was solid along I-5 from Portland to exit 49, and
    > lasted a mile or two east on highway 504. I think I had SPCS coverage at
    > the MSHNVM Visitor Center in Silver Lake. For about 20 miles east, past
    > Toutle, WA, my phone analog roamed on US Cellular (SID 1784) and I was
    > able to make and receive calls. East of there, my phone lost signal, then
    > picked up USCC for a few miles around milepost 27, then lost it again for
    > the rest of the way to the Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center.
    >
    > Another cell phone in the car was a Siemens S46 on ATTWS. Once we left
    > I-5, it had no signal anywhere along hwy 504. The S46 has GSM900/1900 and
    > TDMA 800/1900 (no GSM800 and no analog).
    >
    > The volcano was awesome! You can see the VolcanoCam at
    > http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/
    >
    > --
    > Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680 and PRL 10025






  5. #5
    Kovie
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Hi Frank. You might remember me as the guy who had battery life problems
    with a Samsung SCH-2000 a number of years ago. I've since upgraded to a
    longer-lasting Toshiba VM-4050 (which now lasts for several days provided I
    don't use it much!). Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as I
    was in St. Helens myself on Sunday. I didn't get any reception for the last
    few miles or at the Coldwater VC. However, several months ago I was also at
    St. Helens, but on Rt. 99 on the NE side of the mountain, and did get
    reception at the last parking lot before the roadblock to Windy Ridge. Given
    the potentially explosive nature of the mountain, I suppose that this is one
    place where it would be important to have cell service, in case one goes off
    the beaten path. Then again, last time I checked you weren't allowed to hike
    close to the mountain.

    --
    Kovie
    [email protected]zen


    "Frank Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I spent Thanksgiving with friends and relatives in Portland, Oregon and we
    >made a day trip to see Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.
    >
    > Sprint PCS coverage was solid along I-5 from Portland to exit 49, and
    > lasted a mile or two east on highway 504. I think I had SPCS coverage at
    > the MSHNVM Visitor Center in Silver Lake. For about 20 miles east, past
    > Toutle, WA, my phone analog roamed on US Cellular (SID 1784) and I was
    > able to make and receive calls. East of there, my phone lost signal, then
    > picked up USCC for a few miles around milepost 27, then lost it again for
    > the rest of the way to the Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center.
    >
    > Another cell phone in the car was a Siemens S46 on ATTWS. Once we left
    > I-5, it had no signal anywhere along hwy 504. The S46 has GSM900/1900 and
    > TDMA 800/1900 (no GSM800 and no analog).
    >
    > The volcano was awesome! You can see the VolcanoCam at
    > http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/
    >
    > --
    > Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680 and PRL 10025






  6. #6
    Kovie
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Hi Frank. You might remember me as the guy who had battery life problems
    with a Samsung SCH-2000 a number of years ago. I've since upgraded to a
    longer-lasting Toshiba VM-4050 (which now lasts for several days provided I
    don't use it much!). Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as I
    was in St. Helens myself on Sunday. I didn't get any reception for the last
    few miles or at the Coldwater VC. However, several months ago I was also at
    St. Helens, but on Rt. 99 on the NE side of the mountain, and did get
    reception at the last parking lot before the roadblock to Windy Ridge. Given
    the potentially explosive nature of the mountain, I suppose that this is one
    place where it would be important to have cell service, in case one goes off
    the beaten path. Then again, last time I checked you weren't allowed to hike
    close to the mountain.

    --
    Kovie
    [email protected]zen


    "Frank Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I spent Thanksgiving with friends and relatives in Portland, Oregon and we
    >made a day trip to see Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.
    >
    > Sprint PCS coverage was solid along I-5 from Portland to exit 49, and
    > lasted a mile or two east on highway 504. I think I had SPCS coverage at
    > the MSHNVM Visitor Center in Silver Lake. For about 20 miles east, past
    > Toutle, WA, my phone analog roamed on US Cellular (SID 1784) and I was
    > able to make and receive calls. East of there, my phone lost signal, then
    > picked up USCC for a few miles around milepost 27, then lost it again for
    > the rest of the way to the Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center.
    >
    > Another cell phone in the car was a Siemens S46 on ATTWS. Once we left
    > I-5, it had no signal anywhere along hwy 504. The S46 has GSM900/1900 and
    > TDMA 800/1900 (no GSM800 and no analog).
    >
    > The volcano was awesome! You can see the VolcanoCam at
    > http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/
    >
    > --
    > Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680 and PRL 10025






  7. #7
    Frank Harris
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Hi, Kovie!
    Our day trip to the volcano was on the Friday after T-day. Close...

    Kovie wrote:
    > Hi Frank. <snip> Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as I was

    in St. Helens myself on Sunday. <snip>

    --
    Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680



  8. #8
    Frank Harris
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Hi, Kovie!
    Our day trip to the volcano was on the Friday after T-day. Close...

    Kovie wrote:
    > Hi Frank. <snip> Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as I was

    in St. Helens myself on Sunday. <snip>

    --
    Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680



  9. #9
    Kovie
    Guest

    Re: Mt. St. Helens trip coverage report

    Oh well, as if we would have recognized each other... ;-)

    Pretty awesome sight though, you must admit, phone service or no.

    --
    Kovie
    [email protected]zen


    "Frank Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi, Kovie!
    > Our day trip to the volcano was on the Friday after T-day. Close...
    >
    > Kovie wrote:
    >> Hi Frank. <snip> Anyway, we almost crossed paths this past weekend as
    >> I was

    > in St. Helens myself on Sunday. <snip>
    >
    > --
    > Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A680






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