[Chugalug] OT: CB/FRS/HAM for road-tripping

Mike Harrison cluon at geeklabs.com
Thu Oct 10 15:40:11 UTC 2013

> Depends. You can setup an HF repeater at your house and run data over HF 
> giving you immense range, not a fast uplink but it works. HF/HAM still 
> has its advantages over Cellular.

Got a Wilson 12" GSM/GPRS antenna and amplifier coming for better cell 
coverage, and a high gain external USB Wifi adapter (Alfa AWUS036NHR - 
High-Gain 2000mw 2W 802.11 B/G/N) with an omni and a directional (works on 
Linux, Mac and Winders)

Is similar to what I just ordered, we'll see how it works.

I'm hoping to be far enough away from the house a HAM repeater would not 
work. And this solves my data connection needs.

Just wondering if there was still much use to a CB on the road. I remember 
chatter about gas stations, police, things to see and women with sexy 
voices asking for a 10-36 (what time is it) as well as some "help I'm 
stuck" calls. I didn't know if such things still happened on the road.

On the geeky side: Am setting up my Asus Tablet as my road server..
with a "piratebox/librarybox" style wide open share for files, music, etc.
with a wide open Wifi.. It'll be interesting to see if anyone else ever
connects to it.

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