As long as you are outside, and not parked under trees, and your antenna can see the part of the sky the satellite is in, it's ok - as long as there isn't more than a half-dozen of you on the talk path, and you can get used to the 1/4 to 1/2 second delay in the transmission. ...How about Public Safety using a satellite? That would mean NO TOWERS and perhaps 100% coverage. Wouldn't that kick the hell out of the radio manufacturers.
With all due respect...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.What the U.S. needs is Federal Police system like other countries around the world, then a Federal radio system that is paid for by Federal taxes (WOW what a concept, get rid of all the little fifedoms).