ExplorOz Newsletter - Issue 245

Edition 245: 14th October 2011

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

Welcome back! With the weather heating up and many of you returning from Outback trips, don't forget to tell us all about your travels via the Forum and Blogs - plus keep reading for our latest forum news.

Can't wait to get back out there? From the VMS Navigation App brough to you by MUD to the brand new SPOT Connect, we're featuring some very useful new products to assist you on your next adventure. Also in this newsletter we announce the winner of the Nissan Navara Seiko Watch Giveaway, feature some top value subscription offers to Pat Callinan's 4WD Adventures Magazine, bring you news from the 2011 ExplorOz National Gathering, tell you all about a brand new Blogs feature, and introducing ... our new Business Members.

News from the 2011 National Gathering

The ExplorOz 2011 National Gathering in Silverton wrapped up on the 23rd of September 2011, and Dave B (BHQ NSW), the organiser of the event, has been busy filling us in on some of the great fundraising results that were achieved. In total, the raffles and entrance fees raised $3400 for Penrose Park (the location for the gathering). The cheque was presented to the Park Trust last Friday and will go towards installing new playground equipment at the park.

Both the ExplorOz Team and Dave B would like to thank everybody who attended as they all helped make it the success, especially to Sir Kev and his wife Sam for their efforts selling raffle tickets, and to everyone for the thank-you card Dave was presented at the the end of the event.

Prize Winners at the Gathering

Congratulations to Members Greg & Jackie (WA) who won the "furthest to attend" prize (Lifetime Membership) for travelling 2860km from their home to Silverton. Also to Hairs & Fysh (NSW) who came within 3km of half of Greg & Jackie's trip and also received a prize for his efforts. Scrubby won the raffle for this year's photo competition, which was a print of the winning picture "Storm Over McKillops Bridge" submitted by Member - Coxy108.

VMS 4X4 Navigation app

Developed by MUD MAP, the VMS app transforms your iPad or iPhone into a powerful off road GPS navigator. Bundled with comprehensive 4X4 & TOPO maps, the app features the latest innovations in off road navigation.

What really sets the VMS app apart is how simple it is to use. The visually stunning UI responds instantly, and the experience is second to none. The app can also download add on maps from the mud-maps.com map store. There are over 3,000+ maps from the leading outdoor mapping brands.

Available from the iTunes App Store for $199.99 you can learn more here. PLUS, to celebrate the app’s 1st birthday, MUD are giving away an iPad 2!

Winner Announced

Congratulations to MEMBER - Darian, SA. You are the lucky winner of a Nissan Navara branded Seiko watch valued at $1200! Please contact us at info@exploroz.com with your address details to claim your prize.

Forum News

ExplorOz has always had a reputation for being a welcoming community of like-minded people that epitomises all that is good about being Aussies – based on mateship and camaraderie. However, over recent months we have noticed some of our long-term site users have been posting negative or unwelcoming statements in the Forum, and this has caused some damage to the site's reputation and the experiences of other (particularly new) site users. So please help us keep ExplorOz a positive and welcoming environment to spend time, and thank you to the majority of you who are already doing the right thing. Your assistance is appreciated.

Business Directory

Looking for a product or a service? Go to our Members List and search by keyword. Recent new Business Members include:

What is Business Membership?

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No Mobile Coverage? No Problem! Turn your Smartphone into a Satellite Communicator with the SPOT Connect plus members get 5% off the RRP, and everyone gets free shipping with any purchase of this product!
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Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures is a premium quality 4x4 magazine – created, designed and printed in Australia, for Australian 4WD owners. There are 3 subsription offers now available, with some great savings and freebies on offer!
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Michelle and David created 16 blogs whilst they were travelling in the USA over the past 5 weeks and as a result we found the need for a “new blog” button to be added to an existing blog page. This button therefore allows you to create new blogs from any of your blog pages without having to go back to your index page. Look for it alongside the Edit Blog button at the bottom of your blog pages in the shaded orange section
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