Ah duh... Footy strikes again.

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 23:40
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Being a life long user of HF, I recently decided to keep in touch with SWMBO by buying a satphone. Ok so now I have 3 ways of yelling help.
"Hmm" thinks Footy, whoyagonnacall ? Is there a database apart from whitepages (you have to work out who you want there).
Sooo...big breath and do a forum search...."look in the phone numbers box on the Hemma maps"......The WHAT ?
Now I've been using these maps for years and although I'd seen the numbers it didn't actually register with me. Duh Footy..*knock knock* Hello !
Pretty horrifying how something can be right in front of you, you actually see it but it doesn't register.
Makes me wonder what's actually been going on in the world while I've been playing Rumplestiltskin :(
I am, therefore I don't see...I see, therefore it doesnt register ...I dont see too well therefore I'm only just here ? Hmm....:)))))
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 23:44

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 23:44
LOL nighty night Footy. I think it's past your bedtime mate, it's getting close to mine anyway :)))))

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 23:46

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 23:46
Not wrong. Read all last night and now cant get tired. Or maybe I am and I just can't see it LOL
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 23:59

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 23:59
Just as well you aren't shy 'Loosie, you may have got a complex from that one ;-)

I guess even that would sink in with a 4 pound hammer. LOL
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 00:09

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 00:09
John, I'm a bit old to get new complexes, and I don't think there's any left that I don't yet have.
Besides, most people wouldn't mention it. I mentioned it because I may not be the only one unaware that the Hemma Maps have the numbers on them.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 08:18

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 08:18
I don't think of me as old, 35, going on 59 but some don't see me at under 40. I think it is good to have SOME wise old attitudes in the head mate.

There are some things you see but never think of them being there, it was probably in your subconcience some where. I have seen em some time but usually look on the computer so don't recognise them either! Then I haven't got a Sat phone yet.

Goodonya Mr Loose.
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Reply By: signman - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 11:30

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 11:30
Hi Footloose
Knowing of your 'obsession' of HF- I'm wondering if you have to go to confession now- and make admssion to the Codan forum that you have been gotten at by the Satphone devil??
Maybe you'll have to say3 ohms law and play with your resistor and capacitor rosemary beads??
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 11:45

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 11:45
Actually it's no big secret. I've always said that both have their places in the comms setup. I wouldn't use a satphone to try and chat to fellow 4wders , and its just as cheap these days to use a satphone to phone home rather than a radphone service.
I'm going to have a lot more difficulty using it than a radio because I will use it so infrequently. When asked for my normal mobile number I wouldn't have a clue, its only used for emergencies also :))
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:22

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:22
Hi Footloose,

Just make sure you check on who gets charged for phoning your satphone. If the caller does, it can be over $10 per minute, that is right. Iprimus charge over $10 per minute to ring a satellite phone....a rip off in my book, but apparently other carriers charge the same.

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:34

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:34
$10 a minute !!!!!!!! I think it will be ET phoning home not home phoning ET ! I'll check it out...thanks for the heads up .
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:42

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:42
The way I would prefer to use a sat phone for emergencies is to call a trusted and capable friend or relative and give them my exact position and precise details of what was wrong and exactly what I wanted to do about it and leave them to make all necessary calls and arrangements and then phone me after they had done that to let me know what was happening. This reduces the possibility of dead batteries in the sat phone (serious issue if you can't start your vehicle to charge them, maybe?) and of me running up $300 in sat phone charges whilst I listen to "Press 1 for..." and then get put on hold for 10 minutes. Additionally it means that even if the sat phone dies someone, trusted, now has all the necessary information to alert search and rescue if they feel it’s necessary.

I would still ensure I had significant numbers in paper format with the sat phone.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:45

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:45
Mike, of course. In fact I am a member of the RACQ extra care who have a direct number to do just that. Otherwise its ET phone home.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:48

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:48
I would prefer to go for the friend or relative and have them call the RACQ.

As this could be about a threat to my life I would prefer it was handled by someone I trusted rather than an unknown switchboard operator.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:53

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 14:53
Thats fine, but I'll be in WA which is 2 hours behind. Unless there's someone home during the day then I have to work with what I have.
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 17:58

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 17:58
Which system (Iridium/Globalstar) and which Service Provider are you using.

Mike
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 18:08

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 18:08
Mike, this one is with Globalstar. The other one I'm still playing with is an irridium one, but for several reasons I'll be trying the Globalstar on this upcoming trip.
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Reply By: Old Scalyback & denny - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 19:15

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 19:15
goodday footy
did you qualify for the rebate subsidy just having a look at the forms and they dont say much??
steve
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 19:21

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 19:21
Steve, not really. I'm an honest sort of bloke. If I have to lie to get it then I dont want it.
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