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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 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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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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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 GOs to School

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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.

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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.

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Testing Different Antennas With Cel-Fi GO

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During our GO testing we tested several different antenna types to see the effect this had on the boost and the final signal strength on the phone.

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Cel-Fi GO – LED Indicators Explained

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As Cel-Fi GO is only able to boost one frequency band at a time, a way of indicating and switching between frequency bands was developed by using a button. The button enables the selection of 3G, 4G/4GX or AUTO (band with strongest signal). An LED indicator displays which band GO is currently boosting.

Once Cel-Fi GO is powered up the LED status indicator will flash a variety of colours to indicate it is going through a boot up procedure.

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