This is an exciting time for amateur radio. We have had so many changes due to technology. Our radio signals can be bounced off the moon back to the other side of the Earth, carried to very specific destinations over the internet, re-transmitted by satellites, carried with digital signals or simply transmitted and received the way they have been since the beginning with analog signals and simple radios.
If you could look at a map of the areas where there is cell phone coverage, you might be surprised to find that there are a lot of areas that are still blank and will likely stay blank until a substantial population enters those areas. In those holes in the coverage, cell phones are useless. But, no matter where you are you can use a CB or icom earpiece radio transceiver. Plan for your trip with extra food, water, batteries, a source of heat or a means of shelter. Many people do not think of these preparations, and thus invite a small problem to turn into a disaster.
I did icom radio my own maintenance to save money learning to overhaul the bike and eventually building my own wheels. I worked in a bike shop for a few years, where my education stopped short of frame building. I fell in with some racers, too, but learned quickly that I was a far better mechanic than I was a competitor.
By the time we started to enter the harbor, weather conditions had really deteriorated. We were unfamiliar with the harbor and couldn't raise anyone on the marine radio so we were on our own. We started a wide approach on the seawall, intending to let the wind, which was now blowing steadily from the west at 30-35 knots with gusts even stronger, set us into the berth. As luck would have it, just as it started to rain we felt our 3'8" keel drag in the mud. The winds did the rest. We were sitting solidly in the muddy bottom about half a mile form the seawall.
If anyone can provide information about Motorola's future plans for Yaesu, please fill me in. Since I have been and employee of Corporate America for the past 25 years, I have learned not to trust anything I hear or what I am told. So, as was said during a recent Newsline broadcast that Motorola states that they are not going to make changes to Vertex/Yaesu, I expect the opposite to be true. Time Icom radios will tell.