Telephones - current as of December 2008
by Chuck Husick
can be as valuable on a boat as anywhere else. The availability of a nearby
cellular transceiver site is the major limiting factor in their use. Except
in boating intensive areas cellular coverage is directed inland, not toward
the water. Even in areas where cellular use on boats justifies water area
coverage the range for most hand-held phones will not exceed 4-5 miles.
Special, fixed mount cellular phones, using more powerful transmitters
than can be accommodated in typical hand sets are available. These phones
are usually connected to antennas mounted as high as possible on a boats
mast or superstructure. Due to the direct caller-to-called nature of cellular
radio communication and the impossibility of direction finding for Coast
Guard and other marine services relying exclusively on a cellular phone
is not recommended.