Lake Elphinstone is a natural lake within Nebo Shire in the Mackay region of Queensland. Located about 90km west of coastal Mackay, Lake Elphinstone is a family friendly (free) camping site which is popular for fishing, boating, bird watching and even water skiing. It’s a lovely relaxing spot where you are not overrun by pesky midges and mosquitos and even better, no crocodiles!
The good news for all visitors was that mobile coverage was available – the bad news was that you could only access it if you stood in the right place, on your left leg, with the wind blowing in the right direction. Complaints from campers increased, and the lack of signal was deemed a health and safety issue so the ISAAC Regional Council contacted telecommunications expert TAA Connect to come up with a solution.
Travel journalist Andrew Murray from Top Wire Traveller recently purchased a Cel-Fi GO and spent some quality time breaking it down to work out the pros and cons, tips and hints to optimise the unit. This is a great article for self-installers because it clearly shows you where you can go wrong, and provides you with helpful hints so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Good points to note from the article:
- It is vital to set up your antennas correctly – not isolating your antennas will mean your unit will not perform well or not perform to its greatest capacity.
- He also advises how you can use the 4G signal to connect online, by simply flicking a switch on the device (see Switching Coverage)
We are starting our first step in moving to customer registration using the Cel-Fi WAVE smart phone App. This will affect all Telstra GO and PRO customers.
What this means for you?
Customers are no longer required to complete the online registration on the Cel-Fi website, however when they receive a Cel-Fi it will require registration using the WAVE App to activate.
The Gold Coast Malloy family have just returned from their 10 month ‘Big Lap’ around Australia where travellers Craig and Kelly continued to manage their business remotely (with the help of some very competent staff).
While Australia gets a big tick for our amazing outback and culture, we unfortunately have a red cross against us where regional and remote mobile phone coverage is concerned. So how were the Malloy’s able to get over their communication drawbacks?
The Cel-Fi GO mobile version is a great addition to a 4×4, as it’s designed to significantly boost voice quality and increase data speeds for moving vehicle applications.
The Summer edition of the 4×4 Australia Magazine and their website carry more information about Cel-Fi GO and it’s ability to boost your mobile coverage signal when you are out and about in the bush or the beach. The unit gives up to 70dB (now 100dB) of system gain, will only start boosting once the mobile signal drops below -80dBm (3G) or -96dBm (4G), and features a Bluetooth WAVE App for iPhone, Android and computers.
For access to the full article in the 4×4 Australia Magazine click HERE.
Mobile Coverage Solution for Scenic Rim Accommodation, QLD Australia
The McGhee family live in Darlington Qld adjacent Lamington National Park at the head waters of the Albert River, located 40kms from the Gold Coast and 85kms from Brisbane. Commonly known as ‘the green behind the Gold”, the area has an overabundance of breathtaking scenery, wildlife and clean mountain air. A well-known mobile coverage blackspot with its beautiful aspect directly contributing to its extremely unattractive cellular coverage.
Two family homes sit on large acreage site, some distance apart in a picturesque valley, enjoying everything that nature provides for free – only to have no home mobile coverage while paying for it.
After a long and satisfying life the Cel-Fi RS2 for Telstra 3G model is now being retired. He is being replaced by his younger and smarter brother, Cel-Fi PRO for Telstra covering both 3G and 4G Bands: 3G 850, 4G 700/1800 MHz (however only one 4G band at a time).
Cel-Fi PRO Repeater has been tested, authorised and approved by Telstra for use on the Telstra Mobile Network
The Cel-Fi PRO for Telstra Smart Repeater acts as a signal booster, making it an ideal product to boost and distribute a 3G/4G mobile signal within your home or office. With this mobile smart repeater supporting voice and mobile internet, dropped calls and slow internet are a thing of the past.
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!