For those traveling and/or camping in the Panamint Valley near Ballarat, there is limited Emergancy Communications available. A buddy of mine monitors a simplex frequency and can relay data into Ridgecrest. Here is his info:
Freq: 147.770 MHz
Time: 1800-2100 (Local)
Location: Porter Mine, near the ridge line
I was able to get into the Randsburg repeater from Balarat on a Cushcraft 3db gain mag mount. I was also able to contact a station in Ridgecrest via 2m simplex on only 10 watts from the campgound in Balarat.