Sat phone

Submitted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 12:38
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Hi all

I have a globstar sat phone that I bought to use in the Vic high country, which didn't work to well. It kept dropping out, and I ended up using the mobile where we had reception.

We're heading up to the cape next month and wanted to know if it is worth activating the sat phone, or ditch it and get something else.

Any experiences welcome.....

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Reply By: Life Member - Fred B (ex-NT) - Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 12:58

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 12:58
No reason why the sat phone should not work well up the cape. As with all sat phones, you need uninterrupted line "of sight" to the satellite for it to work. Your "location" in the high country may well have contributed to the drop outs.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 13:21

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 13:21
Check this page out Neil . . .
Which sat phone network

According to this info, you might not have good coverage in the far north ??
Doesn't mention probs in the Vic High Country, but I have read reports that Thuraya can fall off a bit in Tassie ?

The Globalstar northern issues are backed up by this ExplorOz Sat Phone info page as well.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 15:00

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 15:00
I've had an Iridium 9505 for for 15 years on the telstra/Iridium network and have never had a problem, I think you will find its the network your using not the phone itself, Iridium are renown for good coverage whereas some of the others work better in the southern states and vice a versa, see if you can switch to the iridium network.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 15:37

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 15:37
The satellite phone should be okay for the Cape.

My son's (from his work) worked a treat all over the place up on the Cape. We have an Isatphone and it get good coverage all through the "ono" high country like the Simpson and CSR etc etc. I only used it once in the high country and that was from down in a valley at O'hagens.

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 17:01

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 17:01
Phil, take a quick read of my link above . . . as Tony pointed out, satellite coverage varies with the provider it seems.
(Just thought after posting reply, maybe you meant your sons work phone is Globalstar and it works / worked ok up there ?)
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 07:01

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 07:01

Globalstar recently launched new sats which fixed their dropout problem.

If you have the right phone then you should get reliable coverage.

What phone do you have.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 09:44

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 09:44
I wish it was fixed, Boobook. They ran out of money and didn't replace all the satellites that needed replacing. I think they have 4 fewer than they had previously. The result is incomplete coverage. If I was starting afresh, it would not be Globalstar, but Iridium. I might yet change.

Here's a link to Globalstar coverage in Australia. Even at its best it is not 100%


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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 10:21

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 10:21
We've only used our Globalstar Qualcomm handset a few times, but it has been good (bought it as the cheapest phone to setup - only wanted it for emergencies and the odd call). Keep in mind that Globalstar uses Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites (as opposed to fixed) - in flat to undulating country, when one satellite disappears over the horizon the next one is already in your view and has taken the call. In the hills and valleys, from a low spot you might lose a satellite before the next one comes to your view - depends on how much of the sky you can see. The advantages with Globalstar are said to be the call clarity and the lower costs....that suits me fine. Disadvantages ? Needing to get an elevated spot for calls in the hills and valleys - and the phone is a bit 'clunky', compared to some of the slimlines (at way more $).
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