Trip to Darwin

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 20:14
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Travelling to Darwin via Alice Springs on the Stuart Hwy do you get sufficient mobile phone reception or should you install a UHF radio?

Regards,

Roy & Fiona
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Reply By: Member - There Yet - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 20:42

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 20:42
Hi Roy and Fiona,

You will get sufficient coverage near and around towns along the Stuart as long as your with Telstra. Depends on what you want to use it for. If it's for emergencies there is plenty of traffic on the Stuart. A UHF radio would suit if you are travelling with other vehicles or you want to contact nearby traffic.

Cheers and have a good trip.
Kerry
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Reply By: allein m - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 22:21

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 22:21
telstra coverage map

do you have a external aerial and or do you have blue tick phone

both are recommended but a blue tick phone will work in some areas


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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 23:47

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 23:47
Hi Roy and Fiona

Having a UHF (us the highway channel 40) is an advantage to keep in touch with traffic around you and to be warned of any hazards ahead. Even hand helds will keep you in contact with traffic close by.

Due to short range, UHF is not a substitute for a mobile phone, nor is a mobile phone a substitute for a UHF radio.

If you need phone contact all the time, a satellite phone is the only way, however for a well prepared rig and healthy people, stopping in towns and at roadhouses with coverage will enable you to be in touch with the world every day or two. Once you near Katherine, there is cover most of the way to Darwin.

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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 15:17

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 15:17
They are two entirely different forms of communications.
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Follow Up By: Kimber77 - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 17:49

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 17:49
Rod,

My question is will a mobil phone give you the coverage while travelling in this location?
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 17:57

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 17:57
Your question has two components and it implies do you go for one or the other.
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