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Saturday
Jul122014

Insurance Companies

The other week we had a little power outage at home, it lasted a few seconds. You know the type when the lights dim or turn off for a few seconds and then come back on. 

This normally isn't an issue as most electronic equipment can handle this drop or surge. About 30 minutes before this happened I had just put my satellite phone on charge. This satellite phone is about 10 years and was the old rescue squad's sat phone before I had gotten them a new one, free from Telstra. it wasn't even a minute after the power came back on I heard a popping noise coming from the computer/radio room and when I went in there to see what's happened I saw smoke coming from the satellite phone. I quickly disconnected the phone, it was really hot to touch. 

So I sent it off to a repairer in Melbourne and they quoted just over $600 to repair it, in fact they said it's not worth repairing it because of age. So I contacted my insurance company and they told me unless the power surge was because of a storm I wasn't covered. I wasn't happy with this but they said I should contact the power company as they should cover these type of power surges. So on Monday I'll be going and seeing the local power supply company, Essential Energy, and see what they say. Hopefully they will cover it as I won't be happy if because of something out of my control I lose an important part of my communications.

The cost of a replacement satellite phone is $1200, money I just don't have sitting around. It would cost me an extra $40 per month if I have to purchase it myself as I can get the phone on a payment plan. If Essential Energy won't replace the phone and I don't wait to pay the extra each month I will have to cancel the satellite phone service, which will be a big shame but at the same time save me $35 per month. The $35 per month isn't a problem, not having the satellite would be a problem knowing normal mobile phone coverage around here isn't the best and in fact there are many parts of the highway not covered.

So hopefully some time in the new week I'll know if Essential Energy is going to replace my phone or I'll have to look at having to work out if I can pay the extra $40 per phone for a replacement phone for 24 months.

Wednesday
Apr232014

Making 000 or 112 Calls. The Truth

One of the things I'm having problems with of late is the myth that your mobile phone will contact your 000 or 112 calls through the satellite phone network.

Your mobile phone will NOT connect to a satellite for 000 calls. To make 000 or 112 calls you MUST be within mobile phone coverage. If your own carrier has no coverage but one of the other carriers do then your phone WILL connect through them. They will NOT connect to the satellites. If there is NO mobile phone coverage available then 000 or 112 calls will NOT work. The only way you can make calls via a satellite is via a satellite phone. Just because your mobile phone has GPS does NOT mean it can transmit to the satellites. Your mobile phone's GPS is a receiver ONLY, it will NOT transmit to the satellites.

So if anyone tell you otherwise they do NOT know what they are talking about. I'm so over the bullshit regarding this issue. After I heard a local emergency services person say the 000 calls don't need mobile phone coverage last night was the last straw. It's time that the truth is said and people understand this very simple matter.
I'm over people saying 000 & 112 calls will work without network coverage is a lie. Whoever told these people this should be shot. ALL emergency services personal need to understand this so they don't go around telling people otherwise. 

Your mobile phone will NOT connect to a satellite for 000 calls. To make 000 or 112 calls you MUST be within mobile phone coverage. If your own carrier has no coverage but one of the other carriers do then your phone WILL connect through them. They will NOT connect to the satellites. If there is NO mobile phone coverage available then 000 or 112 calls will NOT work. The only way you can make calls via a satellite is via a satellite phone. Just because your mobile phone has GPS does NOT mean it can transmit to the satellites. Your mobile phone's GPS is a receiver ONLY, it will NOT transmit to the satellites.


So if anyone tell you otherwise they do NOT know what they are talking about. I'm so over the bullshit regarding this issue. After I heard a local emergency services person say the 000 calls don't need mobile phone coverage last night was the last straw. It's time that the truth is said and people understand this very simple matter.


I'm over people saying 000 & 112 calls will work without network coverage. Whoever started this myth, the person should be shot. 

 

Thursday
Feb132014

Stream Online

Just a quick post to say the stream is back up and running. We seem to have had the issues fixed with my ADSL service. So fingers crossed it stays this way. So enjoy the stream again.

Friday
Feb072014

ADSL Outage

Currently I'm having a few issues with my ADSL service. It started about two weeks ago after a guy up the corner of my street dug up the Telstra cable and after Telstra themselves done repair works at the pit out the front of my place. So my internet connection is very spotty, one minute I have it and the next it's gone.

In light of this the Music 24 stream is off line until further notice. Until Telstra fixes this issue I won't be able to run the stream. I will update when I know more.

Wednesday
Jan292014

The Most Boring Blog Post

You might ask yourself why don't I post more on my blog? Well it's simple, I really don't have anything to say. Why post boring shit, just like this post? Once I have some good news I'll post something. No one wants to hear about my boring life and how my life can suck. Just like this post, boring as shit.

Anyhow while there is nothing to say that means things are going good and that's a good thing. I don't think that people want to read about me, it's not always about me. Life doesn't just rotate just for me. Beside there is enough stupid people in this world then to have me adding to it.

So as they say "no news, is good news".

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