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)
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?
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.
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.