Archive for the ‘Satellite’ Category

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 http://hobohome.com/news/?p=593 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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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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Setting Up Your Portable Satellite Television System

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

This is a Step-By-Step Beginners Guide to setting up a portable satellite TV system for motorhomers and caravaners. Introduction Setting up a portable satellite TV dish is simple and quick … if you know exactly how to do it and you have done it 10 times before. For those who have never been shown the basic […]

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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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What is on Aurora? (Australian Satellite TV)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

I get a lot of people asking me “what can be received from the Optus Aurora satellite TV system?” Here is a list of the channels you will find and a link to a program guide for each channel. Commercial Channels Southern Cross Television Imparja Golden West Network (GWN) WIN WA Non-Commercial Channels SBS WA […]

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Taking Pay-TV with you on the road

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Many would consider Pay-TV for the motorhome or caravan an unnecessary and expensive luxury. There are of course some that consider it an absolute necessity and would forgo food in return for their daily helping of sport or other addiction. Many people subscribe to Pay-TV at home but when taking to the road for a […]

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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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Imparja to stop travellers from viewing Sat TV

Monday, December 1st, 2008

On the 29th of September Imparja Television announced that they would no longer be allowing travellers to view their broadcasts via satellite. In a long winded announcement on their website Imparja.com.au , Imparja claimed that the overheads involved in managing the system were no longer sustainable.  This means that no further smart card activation applications […]

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