Distance Calculator and Hiring HF Radios

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 02, 2003 at 21:23
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Hi
Just wanted to know if anyone has a URL for a good distance calculator for travelling Australia.
Also wanted to know of any companies that hire out HF radios and or sat phones for travellers.
Thanks Tim
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Reply By: Truckster - Sunday, Feb 02, 2003 at 22:09

Sunday, Feb 02, 2003 at 22:09
you mean like

Travel Mate.com.au
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Follow Up By: Tim - Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 09:49

Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 09:49
That's the one.
Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Keith - Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 21:21

Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 21:21
For HF radios, try Jim at:
http://home.iprimus.com.au/jimshire/
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Reply By: David . - Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 21:57

Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 21:57
If you are in the Brisbane area, A-TREK CAMPER & CAMPING HIRE, hire out HF Radios, you can contact them on 07 3886 5466, or email atrekcamping@ozemail.com.au
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Reply By: Member - Steven - Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 22:04

Monday, Feb 03, 2003 at 22:04
what state are you in to hire radio i use aust two way radio rentals near airport at moorabbin vic $100 installation $75 pw last time set up for vks737 and flying doc nice people to deal with
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Follow Up By: Tim - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 17:41

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 17:41
I am in NSW but I will give those guys a call.
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Reply By: Member - JEFF - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 20:50

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 20:50
IF YOU INTEND HIRING A HF SET THE MAKE SURE ITS THE TYPE THAT IS INSTALLED INTO YOUR CAR INCLUDING ANNTENA. DO NOT HIRE THE PORTABLE TYPE WHERE YOU NEED TO SET UP A HORIZONTAL DIPOLE, ITS BLOODY DIFFICULT UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR'RE DOING. FOR THE LAST 3 OUTBACK TRIPS I HAVE HIRED A SATPHONE ITS DEAD SIMPLY JUST LIKE A MOBILE PHONE. COST IS GENERALLY ABOUT $85. PER WEEK BUT WELL WORTH THE PIECE OF MIND

REGARDS
JEFF
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Follow Up By: Member - Steven - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 21:28

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003 at 21:28
hi all two way rr hire all the gear sat fones fine but you cant get the chitty chat along the road you can only ring out or in and watch the $$$$ click over Iam quite happy to have a licence with vks737 ands get all the freindly help and advice along the way but thats personal choice tim if you ring two way rr ask for david he is extremely helpful steve
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Reply By: Chris - Thursday, Feb 06, 2003 at 12:24

Thursday, Feb 06, 2003 at 12:24
True, Portable HF radios can be a pain to set up but by the same token after a couple of practice runs they're not that bad. I've even transmitted with the aerial layed out on the ground.
The way I look at it is you are only going to need one for emergency situations and is it really worth having a big expensive auto tuning aerial on the front or rear of your vehicle. My friend had one mounted on the rear wheel carrier and bleep tered it on a low hanging limb two days after he bought it ($1500). Face it, how often will you need it? Also in a vehicle rollover which would be one of the most common shortfalls you'll most likely destroy your aerial anyway. When it comes to the typical one or two major trip a year person you truly have to way up the pros and cons. For people that live way yonder, it's a different story.
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Follow Up By: Hz180 - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 17:25

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 17:25
We hire our Codan radio in a box for several reasons. There are no holes to drill in new vehicles and no cables to run. When you need the radio your vehicle will be stationary. Few newbies want or have the skills necessary to play radio on the go. You're far too busy concentrating on the track (or you should be). We supply a whip aerial that you just attach the lead to, no worrying about bits of wire and tuning. And the box means it can easily be stored out of the cabin area.
We also have the portables but recommend them if you're staying put for a while.
We're on the Gold Coast/Brisbane and if you can hire the same gear at a cheaper price or hire for extended periods or get better service please let me know :))
Jim
http://www.jimshire.aussiewide.com/
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