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coverage report needed, Las Vegas to Lake Takoe.

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by Buickman, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Buickman

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    Hi all, I need some info from my brothers and sisters to the west. I'm going to be out in Vegas in two weeks and driving from there to South Lake Tahoe. According to all the info I have found on VZW's site, coverage looks pretty bad. My main concern is saftey, If we get stuck somewhere, I want to be able to make a call no matter how much it costs. We will have two tri mode VZW phones, both on ACI. Between Mapquest and my Garmin software the only question I have for the locals is which way is better, should I continue up 95 to where it meets 6 and go west there, or should I turn west on 266 and take that over tward the CA border through Lida and Oasis and take 264 up to 6? Other than that it is 95 and 395 most of the way. Is the coverage through there as bad as things look on the maps? Any info you guys and gals can give me will be apreciated.
     
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    I don't have any first hand experiance, as the only time I went up to Tahoe was before I had a cell phone.

    From what I have heard it is hit or miss will all carriers, but I would go with a CDMA tri-mode phone to have the best chance having a signal.
     
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    I live on 264 and coverage is spotty at best. I recently switched to Verizon so I don't know how good it is on 95, but as long as you have tri-mode phones and can go into analog you should be ok. And if time is not an issue, I would go 264 to 6 to 120 to 395 and up. It's a prettier drive.
     
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    How good of a highway is 264? I assume 95 and 6 ar good 4 lane highways, I was just a little concerned about 266 and 264. Other than that the plan is to take 6 to 120, then up 395. According to the coverage locator there is no coverage of any kind once you cross over into CA. Is that actually correct?
     
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    None of the hwys are 4 lane - all 2 lane although 6 and 95 have paved shoulders 264 and 266 don't. I just looked at the coverage map and it's pretty acurate on 6 and 395 but there is more coverage than they show because I think VZW doesn't have contracts with the local NV cell co. whose name I can't remember.

    If safety is your biggest concern, I would stay on major hwys., 6, 95 and 395. It will take you longer, but in the summer there is plenty of traffic so if you run into any problems you could flag down help.
     
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    Buickman, I hope you'll give us a coverage report when you get back. Please stay safe and enjoy your vacation!
     
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    More than that bro, getting married in Vegas. :browani:
     
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    I didn't know if 266 and 264 would be fster or not. Are they pretty wide open freeways, or are there alot of slow area through little towns and such?
     
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    Very few places you need to slow down. But 266 is a somewhat curvy road but enjoyable scenery. 264 from 168 is a straight shot to hwy 6, but be careful of the sherrif's instant-on radar detector :mad: . Also, on 264 be aware of cattle and wild horses crossing the road. :eek:

    Congrats on the wedding. If you have the time, hwy 120 goes to Yosemite. If you haven't been, you should. Have a great time in the High Sierra's IMO heaven on earth. :biggrin:
     
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    Congratulations on getting married, Buickman. Good luck with everything!
     
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    I think I asked you before, how are you getting married. The old Vegas way with a guy in an Elvis suit or just an plain old marrage with a minister. Or something like go thru a drive-thru and Ronald McDonald marries you in car at the driveup lane.
     
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    Having the cerimony at Mandalay Bay. Than a dinner afterward at that italian resturant in the Mirage (can't remember the name of it).
     
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    Anybody else have any experience with that area? I'm leaving in two days.
     
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    I don't know if anyone is still paying attention to this thread or not, I saw it at the
    bottom of another thread's page I was viewing.

    Anyway, the A-side carrier is Western Wireless, now Alltel. Coverage should be
    good with them, as it is good on most of US-50 through central Nevada. The
    system was TDMA/AMPS on 800 MHz, but especially now that Alltel bought them
    it may be going CDMA on 800. I don't know if there's any 1900 or not, but from my experience in southern Utah while driving OTR truck, you'll probably find
    GSM there; the CDMA may be there too, I honestly don't know.

    On the B-side there's Churchill County Cellular, which is owned by the county-
    owned telephone company (C.C. Telephone :). Churchill county is east of here
    in Reno, with Fallon (home of the Top Gun school) being the only real town and
    the seat. Anyway, while their landline coverage is only in that county, they have
    the B-side cellular license for most of the central part of rural Nevada, while the
    eastern part is still held by Verizon (which is the original Pac-Bell Cellular, so
    is the B-side licensee here in in the Reno MSA and the Vegas MSA). They've
    put up quite a few towers, but for some reason their coverage map is missing
    from their web site now, and you'll have to rely on Verizon's. However, I
    believe most of the US-95 corridor is covered now. If not, your phone should
    roam over to WW/Alltel with no trouble.

    In any case, it's worthwhile to remember that all or nearly all of these sites in
    rural Nevada are going to be mid to high level mountain-top sites, which is why
    having a phone that works on the lower bands is crucial (though if it's GSM, you
    may be SOL anyway--but again, I haven't tried it).

    Finally, all this only applies in rural Nevada. Both western Nevada (the Reno MSA
    as well as the Douglas/Lyon/Carson City counties RSA and the western portion
    of Churchill county (as far as the Fallon boundaries, AFAIK) and southern Nevada
    (Clark County, meaning Las Vegas, Henderson, Laughlin, and whatever else in
    that bottom tip of the state) are all licensed to the big carriers, with the only
    exception being VZW in Churchill county (big deal).

    One other thing: the Cingular maps have only now started to show extensive
    coverage in rural Nevada (I'm guessing WW/Alltel since I doubt SBC would want
    to dump that much money into covering non-major-corridor routes and a few
    small towns.), and T-Mobile still shows none (including in Yerington and
    Smith Valley, both covered by VZW and the old AWS system, so beware if
    you're with them. But if you're CDMA/AMPS or TDMA/AMPS, you should have
    no problems.

    As for the road, you're talking about rural Nevada here--there are no 4 lane
    roads, sometimes even through towns. US-95 is the shortest route between
    Reno and Las Vegas, and while going over to US-6 and US-395 is prettier (I
    have to take your word for it since I haven't driven that stretch) it also sounds a
    lot longer. The problem is, of course, that this is a mountainous region, so there's
    no straight shots. When I was going to UNLV and living with my parents in
    Minden, the route we took was down US-395 to NV-208 over to Yerington then
    US-95 ALT to Schurz where it met the real US-95 and down to Vegas. By
    extending this to Kingsbury Grade (NV-207, a "cliff" drive) you'll end up on the
    Nevada side of SLT at the casinos, or you can take a scenic route (only late
    spring through early fall, it closes in the winter!) by turning south on US-395
    from NV-208 going along Topaz Lake to CA-89 and going over Monitor Pass,
    then Luther Pass down to US-50. This last bit is a *VERY* pretty drive, though
    those 2 passes are high in elevation so don't do it if you have altitude sickness.

    Hope this helps all of you!

    Mike
     
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    WOW! I almost forgot about this old thread. That reminds me, I never did give a coverage report when I got back, so here it goes. IT SUCKED! There was almost no coverage of any kind in rural Nevada, and we had two tri mode CDMA and one tri mode TDMA phone with. The coverage was identical with both too. I guess every tower WW has out there has CDMA and TDMA running side by side. Only in the larger towns though. You new you were getting close to a town if your phone worked again. There was far less AMPS that I expected to find out there too. I don't know if it has improved in the last year, but it was horrible back then.
     
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    Interesting because coverage maps there have always shown great coverage from ALLTEL and CC Communications...wonder if it has improved with actual new sites or what?
     
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    I'm glad to see the trip worked out well I assume.

    :loony: If you got in trouble w/o service. I was going to suggest road flares. They can start a large forest fire very well, THAT WILL GET YOUR ATTENTION. And a hefty fine afterwards. Might be cheaper that some carriers roaming charges.:loony: :loony: :loony:
     
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    Wow, I didn't know anyone still got soaked for roaming charges like that anymore!
    (Well, domestic roamers, anyway.)

    As for the coverage, CC Cellular *USED* to have a map up that showed exactly
    where all their towers were, which is now gone, replaced by their generic POS
    excuse for a web site. County-wise, they're licensed for (N-S, W-E) Churchill,
    Pershing, Lander, and Eureka counties, but not Elko or White Pine counties on
    the east end of the state; these counties are in the I-80 and US-50 corridors. In
    addition, to the south they have Mineral and Esmeralda counties as well as the
    Kingdom of Nye (as Art Bell likes to call it :); they do not have Lincoln county,
    which is local licensee Wue, as has been discussed on Bill's site earlier (in regard
    to them wanting the license for White Pine county to the north).

    The last map CCC had up showed coverage that was approaching WW, but still
    not there yet, especially in south Nye county (yes, Pahrump).

    As for their system, CCC is the B-side carrier and has always ran CDMA since
    its inception, AFAIK. They appear to have a very nice reciprocal roaming
    agreement with VZW, which owns the B-license for the other counties not
    mentioned. (This discussion is easy because Nevada only has 17 counties. :)

    A-side, as I mentioned, is Alltel, former WW, former General Cellular way back
    when. The system was AMPS and did not participate in McCaw's full roaming
    capabilities despite carrying the Cellular One banner; instead you needed the
    "Follow Me Roaming" code (*31, if I remember right). Later, after AT&T bought
    McCaw and rolled out TDMA, they started adding TDMA to their paging signals.
    (I forget the term: digital page signal but analog voice channels.) Fallon and
    Elko got full TDMA some time later. (WW was always lagging the big carriers
    by 3-5 years, maybe more.)

    Then WW decided to go CDMA for 2.5G. The problem was, being A-side, they
    were the main carrier for Cingular and AWS. Last report I had was their other
    areas would be CDMA but their Nevada, Utah, and California areas would be
    GSM (for their customers!).

    Finally, Alltel bought them and I don't know the status after that.

    I should point out that nearly all my experience with a cell phone on their
    system has been in northern and eastern Nevada; I have only travelled US-95
    down to Vegas when I was going to college, which was in '89 and I didn't
    have a phone back then (it was barely being rolled out here around that time
    as it was).

    As all of you know, WW and USCC in the west love high-level sites. I know the
    coverage on most of I-80 and US-50 was good a few years ago on my old
    blue-network phone (TDMA). I would assume US-95 should be too, so I don't
    know why it wouldn't work for you on anything but GSM. There's lots of radio
    sites along 95, many of them old AT&T terrestrial microwave sites. There's also
    a ham radio system along much of that length from Hawthorne down to
    Goldfield and up US-6 to Ely that provides decent coverage with some holes.

    I just can't understand why everything would be down unless something weird
    was going on. But maybe things are better now, who knows?

    Mike
     

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