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Think satellite phones are ugly bricks that can only work outdoors… think again. Pivotel has just released new pricing on their Thuraya SatSleeve which allows seamless interface with your smart phone. The SatSleeve now can be purchased with a universal adaptor, allowing it to interface with most smartphones.
The SatSleeve has many advantages over regular satellite phones. Not only can you make calls almost anywhere, you are able to send and receive emails and use your apps, wherever you are. When you’re in regular mobile phone signal, your phone reverts to a regular mobile phone.
One option even allows you to use you to set up a SatSleeve Hotspot outside, whilst you use your smartphone inside. This frees you up from having to be outside to make a satellite phone call!
Pivotel supply these products to the Australian market. This means you can dial regular Australian numbers from your phone, including the emergency 000 number. As a bonus, people calling you pay just regular mobile phone rates.
The cost of these phones is around $999 including GST. You will require a subscription plan, and these range upwards from $15 per month.
To find out if this is the right product for you, check out Save Our Selves – A guide to getting help in remote areas.
If you want to find out more about the SatSleeve or the other satellite phones provided by Pivotel, check out: http://www.pivotel.com.au/pivotel_satellite_phones_inc_thuraya.php
If you’re like me, there is not many things more satisfying than a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. The aroma of freshly ground beans, the ritual of pouring the cup and enjoying a few moments peace and solitude whilst savouring the flavour of your coffee is hard to beat.
Whilst we all have our favourite cafe, blends and styles, I found a way to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee every morning of our 12 month camping trip around Australia. And lets face it, sometimes when we were camping, it wasn’t the fumble for a few dollars change that was my biggest issue. On occasions the nearest cafe with passable coffee was over 500 kilometres away!There are two parts to a good coffee – the coffee itself and the water.
In many places, water is salty, chlorinated or otherwise tainted. On some occasions we drew water from crystal clear running creeks full of delicious pure water, however the majority of times we used water we carried with us.
Depending on your taste, you may wish to purchase bottled drinking water, or ensure you fill up your tanks with good quality water whenever you can, and use only your best water in your cuppa. A billy allowed the water to be boiled on a stove, cook top or an open fire.
The coffee is slightly more difficult to arrange. We stored roasted beans in an airtight container in the coolest part of the car we could – but not the fridge. A simple hand powered grinder was sufficient to grind enough beans for each morning’s brew. I would then use a stainless steel plunger and percolate the coffee.
Once infused to the desired strength, it is simple to pour and enjoy. I would enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, whilst the rest of the brew would go into a spill proof thermal travel mug where it would stay steaming hot until morning tea.
If you need milk for your cup of coffee, fresh milk is available in most places. If storage in your esky or fridge is at a premium, consider 250mL tetra-pak long life milk. Devondale makes a very reasonable long life milk. The best part of this arrangement is that it is simple. When pounding along thousands of kilometres of corrugated bush tracks, the plunger and the mugs received a huge amount of punishment, but never once let me down.
For many more tips on how to make your camping trip comfortable, check out: Thrive on the Road – Tips and tricks to make your holiday on the road every bit as enjoyable as it should be
We shared a dream to take our family around Australia for twelve months. Such a dream takes a lot of hard work to turn into reality. With time a precious commodity, we found ourselves racing towards our departure date madly trying to get ourselves ready to leave. We had so many doubts as to whether we had packed the right things, not enough or too much. With so many products on the market, so many different options and decisions to make, it can get overwhelming.
During our travels we came across many families whose holidays had been all but ruined due to inadequate preparation, a lack of understanding what they would be doing, or what some would call plain bad luck.
My new e-book – Thrive on the Road – Tips and tricks to make your holiday on the road every bit as enjoyable as it should be, hopes to share some of the lessons we learnt during our preparations for our big lap, and the others we learnt along the way, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes we made.
A friend once told me that anyone can be uncomfortable camping. With a little bit of planning, and careful selection of equipment, camping can be fun, comfortable and enjoyable, no matter what the weather!We found that you make your own luck. We broke down in some of the remotest parts of the country, and somehow these experiences became highlights of our journey. All too easily they could have become tragedies.We hope you find Thrive on the Road – Tips and tricks to make your holiday on the road every bit as enjoyable as it should be, a useful starting point for your own journey. The most important thing of all is to pick a date, put it on the calendar and start counting down the days.
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When travelling in unfamiliar areas, it is often very difficult to be able to provide a precise description of your location. Imagine you are faced with a life threatening situation, and you call Triple Zero. As you desperately ask the operator for help, one of the first questions they will ask you is where you are calling from.
How will you answer?
Will your description allow the operator know exactly where you are?
The Australian Government has launched a smartphone app for both iOS and Android devices to:
- provide the caller with information about when to call Triple Zero
- provide the caller with information about who to call in various non-emergency situations
- State Emergency Service (SES) (132 500)
- Police Assistance Line (131 444)
- Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000)
- Health Direct Australia (1800 022 222)
- National Relay Service
- assist the caller to dial the relevant number
- display the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location that the caller can read out to the emergency operator.
More information on the app can be found at the following link: http://www.triplezero.gov.au/Pages/EmergencySmartphoneApp.aspx
Whilst this is a great leap forward – it is still limited by the availability of the mobile phone network. If you are considering heading off the main highways in Australia, you need to consider a remote communication plan. More information on what remote communication you need can be found in Save Our Selves, A guide for getting help in remote areas.