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    Satellite Phone On Train

    Has anyone tried to use a sat phone on an Amtrak train?
    The one I have uses Globalstar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conscript View Post
    Has anyone tried to use a sat phone on an Amtrak train?
    The one I have uses Globalstar.
    Why???
    Your call cant wait through a dead spot?


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    If I wanted a flippant response I would of asked for one.
    Anyone else have a more intelligent reply?

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    It would probably be an exercise in frustration, unless maybe you were in an dome car. It would probably work reasonably well for texts if set next to a window. GlobalStar might be the best choice because it does not require either an unobstructed view of a given point (INMARSAT) or a clear 360º view of the horizon above 6º (IRIDIUM) but the satellite availability will still pop in and out through your limited view out the window. The system is really designed for you to be standing in the middle of a wheat field in Kansas. Remember that with GlobalStar the satellite must have a simultaneous view of both the user's handset and a Globalstar ground station.
    Donald Newcomb

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    GlobalStar does not require either an unobstructed view of a given point (INMARSAT) or a clear 360º view of the horizon above 6º (IRIDIUM) but the satellite availability will still pop in and out through your limited view out the window. The system is really designed for you to be standing in the middle of a wheat field in Kansas. Remember that with GlobalStar the satellite must have a simultaneous view of both the user's handset and a Globalstar ground station.
    Thank you for this info !

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    why?? your better off standing outside since the phone will need a clear view to the satellite!! I have a sat phone and I can't get even get a signal while driving in my car unless I hang my head out the window or I fork up more money for an external antenna wich like the phones and rate plans NOT cheap!!

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    Well I had to go upstairs and fiddle with the antenna but I managed to make some calls, except when we were in the tunnels.
    I wouldn't recomend it unless you absolutely need make calls while in middle of nowhere.

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