We are a small fire district located on I-70 110 miles west of Denver, just west of Vail, CO. Unfortunately our county sheriff decided the whole county was going to go 800 Mhz. What a disaster for us all. If you can imagine an unlimited number of blind spots...not including the buildings and parking structures it sucks in. Anyway, one of the small towns we recently took over is a complete blind spot. There is little to no coverage up there. Has anyone out there used an alternative method of communications for emergency scenes? We were thinking of using the Wal-Mart type radios for the time being. This is not going to solve the problem of not being able to talk to dispatch and we hope this is for the short term. I do not think NEXTEL's will work since there is no cell coverage up there either. We tried a cup and string and it worked much better than 800!!