Author Topic: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?  (Read 732 times)

ninthace

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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #15 on: 12:47:44, 12/06/20 »
The secret to getting good residential mobile coverage is to have an air ambulance landing ground nearby.  Our coverage was almost non existent until the air ambulance wanted a night landing ground on the village footbal pitch.  It had floodlights but no means of turning them on remotely.  There followed a quick negotiation and lo and behold, an antenna was fitted on the tower, they got remote lights and as a by-product, 4G all round for us!
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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #16 on: 12:56:31, 12/06/20 »
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...lo and behold, an antenna was fitted on the tower, they got remote lights and as a by-product, 4G all round for us!

Until the nutters find out and think it's 5G and burn it down.  :)

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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #17 on: 12:58:36, 12/06/20 »

I rarely take a phone with me, simply because the mobile phone signal in my favourite haunts, is non existent.


Please take your mobile with you out on walks DA. 


Calls to 999 or 112 don’t rely on which provider you are with.  So EE may not have a signal in the area but dialling 999 / 112 will trigger an “all networks” response and pick up the strongest signal to connect you.  Not sure if all phones display this but if mine has no signal it says “no signal emergency calls only”.
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Dyffryn Ardudwy

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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #18 on: 13:28:06, 12/06/20 »
Thank you for the message, but like many areas on the west coast of Wales, with very tiny populations, there's no reason for the mobile companies to justify spending large sums of money, when the population is so small.

The further up my road i go, towards Cwm Nantcol, and the Rhinogs, the weaker the signal.

People in the densely populated areas of the Uk, simply cannot comprehend there's areas of the country where a mobile phone is useless.

5G coverage, it might as well be 9G here in parts of Gwynedd, the population is so sparse and small, that theres no financial incentive for the mobile companies to install a phone mast, and even when businesses do cry out for better coverage, permission to erect a phone mast in usually denied, because its within the National Park.


If theres anywhere that needs a phone mast, then its central Snowdonia, but both Gwynedd council and the National Park, said a definite BIG NO when they wanted one sighted near Pen Y Pass.

Its something ive get used to, going for a quiet jaunt down the road in search of a possible signal for my phone.
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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #19 on: 13:58:51, 12/06/20 »
Usually WhatsApp however much of the time I try to stay off the phone when doing hiking trips.  Usually trace my route on my map and send a picture of it and instructions for when I expect to be back and who to contact if not, once I've left I quite enjoy just having a few days of immersing myself in between resupplying. 


It always seems like a slightly 'dirty' backpacking experience when you bring chargers and battery packs with you to ensure you're hyper connected at all times.  I mean sure we can all accept these are a function of modern life - I've noticed some young climbers and backpackers coming through now don't even bring a phone and there is a bit of a counter-cultural push to experience the outdoors without those things so perhaps there is a compromise to be had.

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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #20 on: 19:47:07, 12/06/20 »
I've decided to give Duo a go, it seems simple to use and appears to have fewer keystrokes to worry about?

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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #21 on: 18:37:11, 14/06/20 »
Skype or another?


Nothing at all.

gunwharfman

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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #22 on: 18:53:25, 14/06/20 »
I really like using Skype when hiking, I've Skyped from campsites, (given people a tour) from halfway up or from the top of mountains, when I've been lounging around, when I've been miserable sitting in a bus shelter with the rain teeming down, sitting in restaurants, showing my daughter in law my meal and wine choice (she likes that sort of thing) one time being surrounded by horses (my niece liked that one) and real-time videoing myself crossing snow or when walking along 'ledges' and other dangerous places. Its been a real comfort to me sometimes and has 'amused' or 'scared' quite a few family members as well.

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Re: When hiking, have you a preference? Skype or another?
« Reply #23 on: 19:47:40, 14/06/20 »
I use Skype from home and when abroad on business, but don’t use anything when hiking, except a quick call to let my wife know I am safe.