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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
40-CHANNEL CBs REMAIN LEGAL
The Government has changed its mind...again - April 2017

In February 2017, 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.

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SATELLITE TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION
SATELLITE TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION
A reliable form of communication for remote areas

We bought our satellite telephones years ago and wouldn't leave home without one of them; a couple of vehicle breakdowns and medical emergencies during our travels in Australia's Outback and our best satellite telephone has more than paid for itself.

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VKS737 HF RADIO NETWORK
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.

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COMMUNICATION OPTIONS IN REMOTE AREAS
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. However, UHF (CB) radios are great for vehicle to vehicle communication, but near on useless in an emergency if there isn't anyone close-by that also has one. Mobile telephones are great, when you're in a mobile service area, but there's not much service in the Outback or remote areas.

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HEMA MAPS APP FOR APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES
HEMA MAPS APP FOR APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES
All the bush mapping you need can fit in your phone or tablet

Queensland-based Hema has an App for Apple and Android device users that puts detailed outback map data in your lap or pocket.

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HIGH SPEED CONNECTIVITY FOR VEHICLE FLEETS
HIGH SPEED CONNECTIVITY FOR VEHICLE FLEETS

NetComm Wireless Limited has expanded its wireless M2M / Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) portfolio with the launch of the 4G LTE Cat 6 Industrial IoT Router with Dual Band WiFi (NTC-400) and cloud based Remote Device Manager (RDM) platform, for applications that require high speed connectivity in real time.

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NAVIGATION MADE EASY
NAVIGATION MADE EASY
A free app converts navigation points into simple three word codes

You may not know it, but the piece of real estate you’re sitting in has a unique three-word code, developed for a free app called ‘what3words’. That code can be input into a navigation device or mobile phone, allowing a delivery to be made, without the driver’s need for a detailed address and access instructions.

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TOOOAIR CELLULAR TWO-WAY RADIO SYSTEM
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.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GALILEO
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).

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