Dead/Poor VIPER coverage?

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Curious if anyone knows if the VIPER info for the Wayne/Sampson/Duplin County areas listed on RRDB is complete and up-to-date.

Here is why I'm asking....

On a trip through the area (I-95 to 795 to 117 to I-40) on June 1st, my G4 was constantly getting out of range on sites in the area once on the south side of Goldsboro until I got onto I-40S.

For a follow-up trip last week, I verified that I had all sites around the area (Duplin, Sampson, Lenoir, Wayne, Johnston, Wilson) programmed with at least the control channel frequencies programmed. In many cases, I programmed ALL of the site frequencies for sites directly along the route.

I closely watched the G4 while on I-40 and it tended to hold onto sites I'd left for extended periods (not a surprise). However, while on 117 from I-40 to Goldsboro, it was constantly jumping from one site to another. Checking my TRX-2 logs for that part of the drive, I saw the selected site jumping around over as many as 8-10 different sites.

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this seemingly dead spot in coverage in that area.

Also - the Goldsboro site has been listed as "temp offline" for quite some time and that the Lee Plant site is not that far away. Doesn't seem like there is a need for two sites that close together when just down the road there seems to be a dead spot. Anyone know more about the Goldsboro site and it's future?
 

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Did some research...

Well, according to the ULS, it appears that the "temp offline" Goldsboro site was operating under a "special temporary" license from June 2008 until July 2014. It appears it was renewed every 6 months during that time and then canceled in July 2014.
 
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