Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

The Shouse Tech (Part One – what does it do?)

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The Shouse Tech (Part 1) This is the first in a series of articles that explain the technology that is used to automate and manage our shed-house (the Shouse). In this article I will provide an overview of what they systems do and how we interact with them. So what do the systems do for […]

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Mobile internet (the cheap way)

Monday, June 20th, 2011

If you have read any of my other articles you will know that we carry and use an ANT Mobile Satellite internet system. While this system works brilliantly and is the best way to stay connected to the internet almost anywhere in Australia and NZ, it is relatively costly to setup. What if you just […]

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Working and Living on the Road in Australia

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Our solution to balancing work and life. To live on the road to travel Australia in a motorhome while earning enough money to do so is for most people a dream out of reach. So how do we manage it? Firstly, this is NOT an article telling you how to earn money while travelling Australia […]

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VAST Satellite Television System for Travellers (v2)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

VAST Satellite Television System for Travellers The VAST satellite TV system will replace the existing Aurora system used by many travellers. But we have been waiting on answers to questions like : When will VAST  be available? When will Aurora stop? What equipment is needed for VAST? What channels will I be able to receive […]

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Diagnosing issues with your satellite TV system

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Launching a satellite into space and receiving a television signal from it, is one of man’s great achievements of the 20th century. Sometimes getting a picture to appear on your television can seem almost as technical and challenging. If you are not receiving a picture from your satellite TV system, follow the steps below to […]

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VAST Satellite service to take Aurora’s Place

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

(Updated 6/01/2011) You might want to read the most recent article on VAST at V.A.S.T. (Viewer Access Satellite Television) is set replace the existing “Aurora” satellite television system used by many travellers. So what does this mean for those of us currently receiving our television from Aurora? Some background Aurora RABS (remote area broadcast […]

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Getting Started – Long Term Travelling

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Taking to the road and seeing Australia in a converted bus has been a great experience – one we intend to continue for some time. Lots of people ask us how this came about and what we did to prepare for life on the road. In this article we will look at what is involved […]

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Free Satellite TV Guide for Australian Aurora

Friday, June 18th, 2010

The Optus Aurora satellite television system provides TV services to both travellers and people living in remote locations. If, like us you like to watch a bit of TV to see what is going on in the world or how your favourite team is performing, the satellite based system is fantastic. The one major drawback […]

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Emergency Communications for Remote Travel

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Getting Help When You Need It Most We love to take our motorhome to some of the remotest places in Australia, we like the solitude and the feeling of isolation. I realise that this type of exploration is not for everyone, but the reason most people travel in motorhomes and caravans is to explore Australia […]

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Australian Aurora TV Facts and Fiction

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Australian Aurora TV Facts and Fiction There seems to be no shortage of rumors and misinformation about the Optus Aurora satellite broadcasting platform (and about satellite broadcasting in general). A general description of the system The Aurora television system is broadcast from the Optus C1/D3 satellites located at 156 degrees, 35,000km above Papua New Guinea. […]

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Australian Nomad Technologies goes global?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Regular visitors to the Hobohome site will know that we use the mobile satellite internet system designed and operated by Australian Nomad Technologies (ANT). This has proved to be a fantastic addition to our motorhome; we have been able to setup camp in some very remote places and still stay connected to the world.   […]

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Free Camping Australia

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Some thoughts on how to setup a motorhome for free camping Written June 2008 Before beginning any discussion about setting up a motorhome for free camping, it is perhaps important to define what is meant by the term “Free Camping”. What is Free Camping? Quite simply, I use the term free camping to describe any […]

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Where in the world was that photo taken?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Back in 2003 when we first drove the bus out of the storage yard in Sydney, I had a GPS turned on. That same GPS has been recording our progress in what is known as a track file. Like an electronic version of a bread-crumb trail, our track files tell us where we have been. […]

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When no news is NOT good news

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The SPOT Satellite Messenger Personal Tracker is an amazing device that is not only able to direct emergency assistance to your exact location, but is also able to send messages to friends and family telling them you are ok. If you travel Australia in areas not covered by the cellular network, this device may just […]

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Low Cost Satellite TV Systems Revisited

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

On the 3rd of December I reported on two sellers of extremely low cost satellite TV equipment for travellers marketing their systems via eBay Australia (you can read the full report here). At the time of writing that report I had only seen photographs of the equipment offered. I have now been able to closely […]

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Low Cost Caravan / Motorhome Satellite TV systems

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The cost of a complete satellite TV setup for a caravan or motorhome has slowly been getting cheaper since the Remote Area Broadcast System was introduced over 10 years ago. Just five years ago you could pick up a complete system from as low as $650 (as we did). Today, systems retail anywhere from $400 […]

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Two way satellite Internet for Travellers

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Two way satellite Internet looks like being poised to be the next big thing for Australian travellers. For many travellers the major problem with exploring the great Australian outback is that it involves being cut-off from the rest of the world. While the major mobile phone companies make amazing claims like ‘we cover 95% of […]

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New Telstra Phones support Dial over Bluetooth

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Unlike their previous offerings, the new phones (F852 and F858) support dialup networking (DUN) over Bluetooth. At first glance this would seem to make them an ideal choice for Australian motorhomers and caravanners. DUN over Bluetooth allows a connection to the internet to be made completely without wires, the phone does not even have to […]

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