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Old 12-18-2018, 01:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
Long range isn't desirable because only 1 conversation can take place on a frequency at a time. That's the idea behind "cellular" towers. They have short range so that other conversations can be made on the same frequency not too far away.
The problem, though, is that the shorter the range, the more towers you need for complete coverage. Cut the range in half, and you need at least four times as many towers - probably more when you take terrain & other obstacles into account. And then you need to run data cables and power lines to those towers... Not cheap, and probably not cost-effective outside of congested urban areas and such.
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