Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

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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MPPT Solar Regulators for Motorhomes and Caravans

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

If you have read my article that discusses the function of a solar regulator, you will know that a standard solar regulator is a fairly simple device with a fairly simple job – to stop the batteries from being over charged. A new type of regulator called MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) is beginning to […]

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Calculating the cable size for wiring solar panels

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Solar panels are expensive – not as expensive as they used to be, but you are still going to need to budget a few thousand dollars if you plan to power motorhome or caravan from the sun. Given the cost of purchasing the panels, I am always amazed by the number of people that then […]

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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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Basic Electrics for Motorhome and Caravan Owners (Part 1)

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Presented here, in a very easy to understand format, is basic electrical theory. This is the stuff that I learned in my first year as an apprentice electrician (and that was just after they invented digital watches). This basic knowledge is an absolutely essential grounding if you are to have any hope of installing, repairing […]

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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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Low Cost Inverters for sale on eBay – a good investment?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

My brother-in-law recently purchased a pure sine wave inverter via eBay. In the supplied information the inverter looked like the perfect replacement for his modified sine wave “Xantrex” brand inverter (that has performed flawlessly for a number of years). The inverter purchased is currently selling (on ebay) for $579 plus $135 shipping When the inverter […]

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Charging from vehicle alternators

Monday, September 28th, 2009

 Every vehicle has an alternator, we know that it is responsible for keeping the starting battery from going flat.  But can we use the alternator to charger our motorhome house batteries too?  What is the best way to do this?   Before we look at the options, let’s look at the issues: Crank batteries differ […]

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Wind Power for travellers

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

For many years there were a number of issues with most wind turbine systems that prevented them from being seriously considered by the average traveller.       The turbines we have seen did nothing to make me want one … they were: Large and heavy They required gale forced winds to have them produce […]

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HID lamps – The torch that will light up the night (Part 1).

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. It is a method of producing light by passing a high voltage supply through a number of different gases. The technology has been around for quite some time, most street lights (at least the orange highway ones) use a type of HID called low pressure sodium. The good news […]

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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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