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Observing Intents / Re: OI: CalStar 2017
« Last post by Marko on September 17, 2017, 04:11:19 AM »
I'll be onboard.   

It is now about time for the annual speculations on weather and what not.

See you there,
Observing Intents / OI: Fremont Peak 16 September 2017
« Last post by SeanMcCauliff on September 15, 2017, 06:21:01 PM »
Probably south west lot so I can shield myself from the blinking light.
Observing Intents / Lake Sonoma Saturday 9-16-2017
« Last post by dnsmiley on September 15, 2017, 02:12:02 PM »

I'm planning to observe tomorrow, Saturday 9/16 at Lake Sonoma. I'm bringing a friend and believe there might be 5-10 others also planning to come, so I thought I would post here for anyone who might be interested. Hope to meet new observers!
Equipment Discussions / interesting albeit expensive tent for GSSP etc?
« Last post by John Pierce on September 13, 2017, 06:18:30 PM »
Stumbled onto this...

was originally designed for burning man, camping in the desert in summer, withstanding high winds, intense sun, even dust storms.   Might be overkill for GSSP but its an interesting concept.
Equipment Discussions / Re: Cell Phone Supplier Choices
« Last post by DDK on September 13, 2017, 02:26:49 PM »
Both years, AT&T worked for phone, texts and simple web access, just fine. At Lake San Antonio, to get a cell signal with AT&T, I had to go over to the visitor center and bask in their signal.
Equipment Discussions / Re: Cell Phone Supplier Choices
« Last post by smigol on September 13, 2017, 01:22:42 PM »
Whisper canyon had good cell coverage for ATT in 2016.  I didn't test data speed available, but I do remember posting messages and photos on Facebook via my phone. 
Equipment Discussions / Re: Cell Phone Supplier Choices
« Last post by Peter Natscher on September 13, 2017, 06:58:55 AM »
It's funny that both Verizon and AT&T on their cell coverage maps show voice & text coverage at both CalStar sites and GSSP in Adin.
Equipment Discussions / Re: Cell Phone Supplier Choices
« Last post by Marko on September 13, 2017, 02:37:37 AM »
CalStar (old site) was iffy with Verizon but could work for text because as you walk around you hit a sweet spot and a message could get to you OR search around OR climb up the hill.   I don't recall on Whisper Canyon so will let others chime in, I sort of recall it was ok there last year on Verizon but not for sure on this memory.  At DARC which I think is your question I get nothing for Verizon. You can get cell coverage near I 5 around 8-12 miles away.   But a really nice upgrade to network was done there recently as long as it is up at the time in question.  You 'may' get reception at the damn between Mercy Springs and I 5 I had been told by somebody else.  I have been really tempted to get rental satellite phone sometimes but its not cheap and these days to rent a sat phone MUST get you on some kind of terrorist list I should think.  LOL
Annual Star Parties / Re: For Sale - CalStar 2017 Ticket + Cabin spot
« Last post by Philip Manela on September 12, 2017, 10:06:36 PM »
Looks like I am going to be able attend after all.  Woo Hoo!  Offer rescinded.
Equipment Discussions / Re: Cell Phone Supplier Choices
« Last post by John Pierce on September 12, 2017, 03:22:35 PM »
Verizon works fairly well at GSSP.  I've not been to Whisper Canyon yet, or to Panoche, but in general, I've found Verizon provides about the best fringe reception in rural areas of any provider in that my phone often is getting a usable signal when everyone else is dead.

Sadly, rural connections in general took a turn for the worst when they shut down AMPS (analog) service a few years back.  I used to carry a 3-mode flip phone (also on Verizon) which would work from wilderness hilltops as long as they had a view of a tower many miles away.
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