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)
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 world famous Ningaloo Reef is located on the North West Coast region of Western Australia off the coast of Exmouth. The Reef is approx. 260km long and very close to the coast of Australia – just ½ km in some areas.
The name Ningaloo comes from the Aboriginal word meaning “promontory”. The Yamatji peoples of the Baiyungu and Yinigudura clans have inhabited the area for over 30,000 years.* The area is a mecca for grey nomads and tourists who want to explore the striking landscape and sea life of Australia.
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.
Recently ‘thumbing’ through the online Real Estate For Sale ads wasting a lazy half hour before my favourite TV cooking show started, I came across a lovely property described as having “Expansive views of the mountains and adjoining grazing land. Power and landline run through the property, and there is limited mobile signal.”