Lake Navarino Holiday Park is around an hour and half’s drive south of Perth. It’s in an idyllic location on the shores of Lake Navarino, a lake created by the Waroona Dam, which was built in the 1950s to provide irrigation for the local farmland. The holiday park offers cabins and camping sites, and also retains the original cottages that were built for the engineers who worked on the dam, which are now available as accommodation. However, the beautiful but remote location of the Holiday Park caused the new owners mobile connection problems they were determined to overcome.
“Everyone is looking for mobile signal when about and enjoying the great outdoors. We all have our own reasons for wanting it, and some people will go to great lengths to get it…….”
Freelance journalist Gary Tischer (otherwise known as Outdoor Gaz) drove his recognisable FJ Cruiser into the outback, on a mission to test Cel-Fi GO. Cel-Fi GO is the first legal repeater produced for use in vehicle applications – from your FJ Cruiser to your caravan, your car and even your boat. It is widely available – in fact it is possible to receive delivery within 24 hours of ordering!
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia. It is an amazing entity.
Their role is to carry out scientific research to assist Australian industry and the interests of the Australian community. They are a leading organisation in the world in research and dissemination of information about science and technology.
Some of the amazing outcomes from the work undertaken by CSIRO include:
Using Cel-Fi GO for Regional Connectivity
It is a recognised fact that regional areas need connectivity to compete in a networked world and to improve business opportunities. Some of the problems around remote areas are caused by limited (or no) mobile coverage, so improving coverage with either fixed line data, cellular or satellite is one way to ensure rural business’ can grow and take advantage of opportunities.
Communications experts can be the key to driving rural growth as they have the knowledge to utilise and even expand the options available. If you are thousands of km’s from the nearest town, with no chance of NBN and the closest mobile signal just limps through your door – the best way forward is to speak to one of our experts to see what they can do for you. Read more to see what the local Goondiwindi communications expert installed in this study.
The world famous Ningaloo Reef is located on the North West Coast region of Western Australia off the coast of Exmouth. The Reef is approx. 260km long and very close to the coast of Australia – just ½ km in some areas.
The name Ningaloo comes from the Aboriginal word meaning “promontory”. The Yamatji peoples of the Baiyungu and Yinigudura clans have inhabited the area for over 30,000 years.* The area is a mecca for grey nomads and tourists who want to explore the striking landscape and sea life of Australia.
Illegal repeaters/boosters abound. They can block mobile signal reaching your neighbours, and they can even bring down phone towers cutting signal to thousands of users. Penalties for operating illegal repeaters range from fines to jail terms.
Cel-Fi products differentiate themselves from illegal products by being in the public forum; the product is supported with product reviews and media releases etc. You will find the illegal companies do not do this.
Find below a letter from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) listing the companies who sell illegal products: Mobile Repeaters Australia, Signal Boosters Australia, Amplify Australia. They operate virtual premises and phone numbers that look like they are based in Australia or New Zealand, in reality they are based overseas making it very hard to shut them down. Ebay has also recently banned all illegal repeaters from sale on their platform.
We recently worked with a reseller who needed to boost a non-existent mobile signal in a client home. Whilst the client did not have any signal around their house due to its position in a valley, there was signal on a hill close by. The solution was put together by Powertec engineers.
A solar powered installation was constructed on the hill with a Cel-Fi GO positioned within the box. The panel antenna pushed the signal from the hill to the house. The result was a usable mobile coverage signal for a delighted client.
This type of set up can send the mobile signal 100m typically (from installation site to destination house) but we do have distances of between 300 – 400m being reported by our resellers for similar applications.
On the back of many enquiries, we recently introduced 4 variations of Caravan Packs comprising of the Cel-Fi GO Stationary model and differing antennas depending on the caravan and the application.
Leading Edge Electronics Store in Geraldton specifically wanted one for their client who was travelling around Australia in their caravan. Various options were discussed with the supplier with the final version selected being the Omni Caravan Pack. This pack included: Stationary Cel-Fi GO, Blackhawk Marine Omni High Gain Antenna inc mount (7/10 dB) + 10m LMR240 cable & Indoor Wall Mount Antenna, 6m RG58 cable. Inc 240 adaptor (optional 12V if requested).
Feedback from the clients Joe and Robyn was extremely positive:
Prior to installing the Cel-Fi GO in their 21″ aluminium caravan, Joe had an occasional 1 bar reception which would allow texting only. Robyn had no reception at all with a Telstra handset designed for regional use.
Minimbah State School is an Independent Public School established in 1997 with a current enrolment of over 800 students. The school name “Minimbah” means “place of learning” in the local Aboriginal dialect Gubbi Gubbi language.
The administration building had a history of poor mobile coverage which meant that staff and visitors to the main office and reception, the staff room and the sick bay were not always able to connect.
In particular, lack of mobile coverage affected the School’s ability to run their business via their wireless EFTPOS machine in the administration office – payments were not always able to be collected causing problems with parents and staff alike.
Australians on the Move to Benefit from State of the Art Signal Amplifier – Cel-Fi GO
10 January 2017: If you’ve ever tried to talk to someone while your car was travelling through poor wireless coverage areas, you know the frustration of poor call quality, call drop outs and having to pull over to finish your conversation.