Satellite Radio is excellent for us consumers. It gives us plenty of options for news, sports, humor, music, weather and a lot more. It works almost everywhere except in steep canyon roads and tunnels. Since it doesn’t work in tunnels, this could cause a problem in an emergency.
Television and ordinary radios have the public broadcast system to alert us to the crisis; XM Radio can do exactly the same. The only issue is that none of these can operate in a highway tunnel.
Lately, I drove through the Boston Tunnel after traveling up the East Coast. I noticed after going through several tunnels across how the XM Radio cut out. Of course, I wasn’t surprised as it is tough to get a signal while underground by a satellite. Yet each time I entered a tunnel, I was listening to a really terrific song on the 80’s station.
The Baltimore Tunnel wasn’t a problem, there was no traffic and I sailed through; no big deal. In New York, the tunnel took a time to travel through because of the visitors, but still a few additional moments after which the radio was as good as gold again. You can also search more about Satellite Relays in Tunnels from http://www.hirelay.com/relay.
The actual issue was in Boston and the traffic was ferocious. I spent almost 20 minutes in visitors while at the Big Dig, with no radio and had my CD collection in the back and couldn’t get up to get it. This led me to think that there should be a better way. XM Radio has a small time delay so that you can go under highway over moves without cutting into your music or information on some of the over 200 channels.
What I suggest is one of two choices. A.) We allow government agencies to tap into all possible channels of all satellite radio and regular radio stations to play pre-recorded info or B.) We place relays in the ends of these tunnels, allowing all satellite radio users to pick up the sign in the tunnel.
If we do alternative “A” then the government agencies permit free of charge using these signal frequencies using a caveat for a quick one or two-line commercial along with a public service announcement for example: