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OK. I am a complete beginner at this. But can anyone point me in the right direction for a communication system for our Challenger. Our most recent trip took us from Sydney to Broken Hill via Menindee on the dirt and having no mobile coverage was a bit ilsolating.
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Reply By: Rossc0 - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 12:45

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 12:45
Try the communications topic on this site.

Also do a search for sat phone in the forum.

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Ross
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 12:45

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 12:45
With whom do you want to communicate Charlgrave, and why?
Makes a big difference to the options available and their costs.

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Peter
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 13:27

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 13:27
Well put ! Fundament is the cornerstone of safe outback travel :-o)
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Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 17:35
Fundament

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1. The buttocks.
2. The anus.
2. The natural features of a land surface unaltered by humans.
3. A foundation, as of a building.
4. An underlying theoretical basis or principle: “All neighbor states … must revise … their policy fundaments” (C.L. Sulzberger).

[Middle English foundement, from Old French fondement, from Latin fundamentum, from fundare, to lay the foundation, from fundus, bottom.]
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Reply By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 13:05

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 13:05
Hey I thought that was the idea of being in the outback - that no-one could contact you. I find it peaceful that my mobile is not going off every 5 mins.

If you are worried about safety and such look at your preparedness.

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Follow Up By: Member - RFLundgren (WA) - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 16:51

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 16:51
I am with you on that one David. I take absolute delight in the fact that I am unable to be contacted, and even more delight that my "out of office" message states that I will have "absolutely no mobile or internet access and am totally uncontactable for the time I am away"

Granted I do give certain special people the details on how to get a hold of me via the radio if there is some kind of dire emergency, but apart from that, not hearing the phone ringing is a godsend.

I also take extreme delight in listening to any voicemail messages that I may have when we do get some mobile signal, and I smile greatly after listening to each one as I press the delete button :)

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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 17:31

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 17:31
Another way is to take the satphone and tell everyone you'd like them to give you a call every couple of days and just drop in something along the line "oh and don't forget that it cost about $4 for every 30 seconds" or something along those line. Believe you me you don't get to many distracting calls:-))
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Follow Up By: Member - RFLundgren (WA) - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 17:33

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 17:33
That didnt work for me. Back in 1999 I think it was, work said I couldnt go unless I was contactable. They hired me a sat phone and rang every 2 or 3 days to ask questions etc. It didnt seem to worry them. Such is life I guess.

Thats why the radio is great as I think the prospect of them calling to leave a message to be trasmitted scares them off :)

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Follow Up By: Bushwhacker - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 18:41

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 18:41
For sure, for sure... communications for safety and emergency reasons only. A while back, me and Mrs Bushwhacker were checking out a property we were hoping to buy, waaaaay out in the middle of no-where. Driving around said property, checking it out, low range, steep rutted hill climb, enjoyment plus!.... mobile in pocket starts ringing. Result, no sale for the real estate guy!
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Reply By: equinox - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 14:28

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 14:28
I'm exactly the opposite...I still feel isolated when I run out of mobile reception, but I think, "yes...this is great - I am free again"

I wouldn't worry about it the areas you speak of, however if you are that worried about it - buy or hire a satellite phone...






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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 13:00

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 13:00
I'm with you equinox, I have to carry a mobile as part of my work so one of the pre camp checks is looking at the mobile - no signal, this spot will do!

At one of our favourite spots on the Murray there is no signal in camp, but if I want to get in touch a short walk to the top of the ridge gives coverage.

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