XM Radio and Roadway Security via Satellite tv for pc Relays in Tunnels

Satellite tv for pc Radio is nice for us shoppers. It offers us numerous selections for information, sports activities, comedy, music, climate and a lot extra. It really works virtually in all places besides in steep canyon roads and tunnels. Because it doesn’t work in tunnels, this may trigger an issue in an emergency. Tv and regular radios have the general public broadcast system to alert us of emergency; XM Radio can do the identical. Solely concern is that none of those will work in a freeway tunnel.

Just lately I drove by means of the Boston Tunnel after touring up the East Coast. I seen after going by means of a number of tunnels alongside the way in which that the XM Radio reduce out. In fact I used to be not shocked as it’s arduous to get a sign whereas underground from a satellite tv for pc. But every time I entered a tunnel, I occurred to be listening to a extremely nice track on the 80’s station. The Baltimore Tunnel was not a difficulty, there was no site visitors and I sailed by means of; no huge deal. In New York the tunnel took a short while to journey by means of as a result of site visitors, however nonetheless just a few further minutes after which the radio was nearly as good as gold once more. The actual concern was in Boston and the site visitors was fierce. I spent almost 20 minutes in site visitors whereas within the Large Dig, with out the radio and had my CD assortment within the again and couldn’t stand up to get it. This led me to imagine there should be a greater approach. XM Radio has a slight time delay so you’ll be able to go below freeway over passes with out reducing into your music or information on any of the over 200 channels. Nonetheless, when going by means of lengthy tunnels or in canyons you usually miss the sign, as you do not need a direct line of sight to the satellite tv for pc.

What I suggest is certainly one of two choices. A.) We permit authorities businesses to faucet into all doable channels of all satellite tv for pc radio and common radio stations to play pre-recorded info or B.) We put relays on the ends of such tunnels, which permit all satellite tv for pc radio customers to select up the sign within the tunnel. If we do choice “A” then the federal government businesses license freed from cost the usage of these sign frequencies with a caveat for a fast one or two-line business together with a public service announcement as an example:

“XM Radio brings you the next assertion from the Nice State of MerryLand; Whereas touring within the Baltimore Tunnel please stay in your lane and drive a relentless pace of 45-miles per hour when site visitors permits. Be observant of drivers round you always. In case you see something uncommon you’ll want to name within the info to the Maryland Freeway Patrol. Our alert standing right now is elevated and we depend on you to be our eyes and ears on the market. In case you see suspicious habits please name. And thanks for making Maryland an excellent place, please drive properly and be courteous always, thanks. This has been a public service announcement from XM Radio and the Maryland Freeway Patrol and Toll Transit Authority”

If we go along with choice “B” then we have to permit the Authorities to interrupt into the radio programming whereas within the tunnel throughout heavy site visitors, Amber Alerts, Fugitive Watch or throughout heightened alert. Assume on this.