sat phone

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 20:39
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Hi guys we have recently purchased a iridium sat phone
has any one out there used one of these things in the simpson desert
area and if so do youget good reception with them
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Reply By: chopper - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 21:30

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 21:30
Have not personally used one in the desert but have in rainforest (medium density) so I can't see any problems in a big flat area.
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Reply By: Mick - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 22:29

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 22:29
Yes Dar - have used one on the WAA line. Just like using a mobile in Melbourne and no fiddling around with frequencies and hoping someone's on air! Just dialled the number I wanted (home) and there they were! I think they will mean virtually the end of HF radio for emergency contact during outback travel except for the radio enthusiasts.
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Reply By: Mick - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 22:29

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 22:29
Yes Dar - have used one on the WAA line. Just like using a mobile in Melbourne and no fiddling around with frequencies and hoping someone's on air! Just dialled the number I wanted (home) and there they were! I think they will mean virtually the end of HF radio for emergency contact during outback travel except for the radio enthusiasts.
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Reply By: Mick - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 22:29

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 22:29
Yes Dar - have used one on the WAA line. Just like using a mobile in Melbourne and no fiddling around with frequencies and hoping someone's on air! Just dialled the number I wanted (home) and there they were! I think they will mean virtually the end of HF radio for emergency contact during outback travel except for the radio enthusiasts.
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Reply By: Mixo - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 08:52

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 08:52
What did it cost - what is the service plan worth - calls cost ? Would appreciate knowing - might get into sats.
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Follow Up By: Mario - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 09:56

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 09:56
Hi, Mixo and others

I've used the Iridium phones extensively in central Australia and the Kimberlys. An excellent bit of kit.

The Motorola 9500 (first ceneration slightly larger than the second generation 9505) weights 700grams with a spare battery. This is really only important if you're carrying it on your back.

I picked one up for $850 and I'm on a Telstra Casual User Plan. It costs me $28 a month to stay connected and $1.98 per minute to use.If you pay $49.50 per month (Active Plan) the cost of a call drops by half)

A "new" 9500 from Telstra will cost you $995, a 9505 costs $1995

The phone works all the time, every time even in light to medium forest canopy. Wet, thick rain forest tend to stop them (and most GPS's as well.) until you find a small break in the canopy, then they work fine. The phones beat the fertilizer out of a HF set for reliability. OK, you don't have the so called "social aspects" of listening in or communicating on a HF radio network, however I have the sat phone as a safety item along with my EPIRB and use it as such. It's not really a "chat machine", unless you're well heeled!

If needed, I can turn it on and make a 000/ emergency call (I have a laminated card with all the relevant numbers I may need in a particular area). Additionally I use it like a radio as I have a scheduled time that it will be turned on say 7-8am and 7-8 pm daily so family. work etc can reach me. I only use this setup if I'm walking in places like the SW of Tassie, carrying the unit in my backpack and have no place to charge the 2 batteries. The 2 batteries I carry give me enough stand-by time for at least 2 weeks's contact.

The units come with 12V and 240V chargers/power supply and a magnetic roof top aerial(same as a GPS aerial) so you can set one up in a vehicle and leave it permanently switched on.

Cost wise, it takes a lot of $28 monthly fees to bring the cost of a sat phone up the cost of a new HF set AND you can carry it away from a vehicle. Get one, it's worth the money and the peace of mind. ET can phone home from anywhere, any time.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 23:18

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 23:18
Mario,

Where did you get the phone from?

Stuart
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Reply By: Mixo - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:22

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:22
Thanks for those keystrokes - very interesting.
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Follow Up By: Bruce - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 01:34

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 01:34
Mario,

Thanks for the info on SAt Phones, I live in the USA and the prices here are $1250.00 US for the 9500 and cheapest plan is about $35.00 per months so the Aussie prices are far less than over here.
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Reply By: Mario - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 10:14

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 10:14
Stuart

My 9500 was an ex rental unit in excellent condition. These go for around the $850-900 mark with all the bits.
Have a look at There's a section there where you can track want's for sale and what you would like to buy if/when it's available.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 11:50

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 11:50
you'll need to redo the web site without the nomenclature
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Reply By: Mario - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 14:07

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 14:07
Stuart

I was trying to indicate landwide.com.au
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Reply By: Mario - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 14:07

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 14:07
Stuart

I was trying to indicate landwide.com.au
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Reply By: sean - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 23:45

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 23:45
The motorola 9505 was about $3200 australian before Telstra entered the market in 2002. They are basically selling or subsidising the handsets as part of the service obligations to the bush.. See for yourself, look at overseas sites and see what they sell for. The call costs have the same story.

This means that the 9505 is excellent value - while the subsidy continues that is.

Also, if you work or live in the bush, there is a commonwealth subsidy that gives half of the handset back up to $1000 max. That makes a new 9505 $995 to those that are eligable.

The 9505 is a great package that comes with ALL the required goodies.
Your can get them from Telstra.

Sean







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