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Outdoor Mobile Coverage – Lake Elphinstone

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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.

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Cel-Fi GO – Understanding How it Works

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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)
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Cel-Fi GO Around Australia

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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?

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QLD Mobile Blackspot Now a Mobile Hotspot

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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. 

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WA Campsite EFTPOS Machine – Signal Boosted by Cel-Fi

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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.

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RV Daily Magazine Gives Cel-Fi GO the Thumbs Up

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“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!

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Cel-Fi GO Visits CSIRO

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Architecturally designed CSIRO Building

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:

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Illegal Repeaters – How to Decide

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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.

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Cel-Fi GO Stationary – Directing Mobile Signal

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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.

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GO to the NT

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Thanks to staff at Centre For Appropriate Technology in Darwin for undertaking testing of Cel-Fi GO across outback NT.  Great results achieved in some very remote communities.

Below is a list of some of the successful test sites completed with some detail. One GO will run off mains power in a house, the others will be powered by a small standalone 12V solar system.

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