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Let me first say (for the new people) that last year I didn't have a ton of problems, but as a former Boy Scout, I like to think ahead (and be prepared).
Not sure what it's like at Prime, but at East in 2010, there were some issues with calls not going through and extremely delayed text messages - I'm talking about receiving a text message from Saturday night on Sunday evening after departing Boston. There was by no means a complete blackout of communications, but there were times when it was fairly unreliable. Since I'm assuming more people will be at the BCEC, we are trying to think ahead in case cellular phones don't work for voice calls or texts. At the Stewart/Colbert rally in DC last month, cell phones didn't work at all on the mall. Completely overloaded the system (although latest estimates I've seen put the crowd at ~250,000 which is several times larger than PAX).
Anyways, wondering if anyone else out there has experience with portable 2-way radios (walkie talkies) that they plan on bringing? I know that the Salmon Security prank used them. My friends that I'm coming with have a set of 6 of these that they use for camping/hunting/fishing (http://www.amazon.com/Midland-GXT1000VP4-36-Mile-50-Channel-Two-Way/dp/B001WMFYH4). Looks like they offer a paging function in addition to straight voice comms. Not sure that it'll be necessary, but we'll probably have them stashed in our bags and if texts stop working we can fall back to these.
I fully admit that this might be overkill, but this isn't the first con where I've seen people using radios. Thoughts?
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