4WD Modifications - Communications and Navigation
When you're touring in remote areas it's important to know exactly where you are; never ever leave home without navigation equipment or at the very least, maps of the area you're visiting. In the event of a breakdown or emergency it's vital that you have a reliable means of communication to call for assistance.
40-CHANNEL CBs REMAIN LEGAL
The Government has changed its mind...again - April 2017
Last February, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) very quietly reversed its decision to make 40-channel UHF radios illegal from June 2017. When the 80-channel spectrum was gazetted, 40-channel radios were banned from sale and were to be phased out. Now they're not.
SATELLITE TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION
A reliable form of communication for remote areas - February 2018
We bought our satellite telephone years ago and wouldn't leave home without it; a couple of vehicle breakdowns and medical emergencies during our travels in Australia's Outback and the satellite telephone has more than paid for itself.
VKS737 HF RADIO NETWORK
The 'Flying Doctor' radio network is a very useful remote area communication tool
Outback Travel Australia relies on the VKS737 network on all bush trips. Contrary to the belief of many, HF isn't 'dinosaur' system, but thanks to recent developments is the communications network of choice for remote area travel and disaster relief.
COMMUNICATION OPTIONS IN REMOTE AREAS
Stay in contact when you go bush
It’s much more relaxing in the Outback when you know that reliable contact with the outside world is only a button-push away.
HEMA MAPS APP
All the bush mapping can fit in your iPad or iPhone
Queensland-based Hema has long been the leader in mapping Australia for bush travellers and the company’s App for iPad and iPhone puts detailed outback map data in your lap or pocket.
TOOOAIR CELLULAR TWO-WAY RADIO SYSTEM
A two-way with nationwide range is now available - December 2017
ToooAir is claimed to be Australia’s first two-way radio style transceiver using a cellular network, providing push-to-talk communication across Australia, using the Telstra network.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GALILEO
After a very long wait the European global positioning system is almost ready - February 2018
We know that after being shown the instruments of torture Galileo recanted and avowed that the Catholic Church knew more about heliocentricity than he did. Nice people, the Renaissance Catholics. However, this scientific colossus' name has been applied to Europe’s challenge to the US-owned Global Positioning System (GPS).