Mobile phone & TV reception in Kimberley GRR

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 23:25
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Tried googling for this but to no avail. 2 Q's:
First Q:
What is the Next G reception on the GRR?
2nd Q:
Is there any TV reception on GRR. The only day I'm at all worried about is the third State of Origin night. We'll be in Kalumburu, but I guess there's no pub there to watch the cockroaches go down (again) to the mighty Maroons?
Rick
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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 00:23

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 00:23
Hi Rick

I can't say about TV because we don't use ours (just watch an occasional DVD).

Telstra NextG map shows no cover on GRR, but a Wherrol reported, they got a brief patch of reception on a hill near Home Valley. We met someone that had their messages start to arrive on this hill, but reception was only momentary.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 00:40

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 00:40
The only way you are going to get TV along there is via Satellite. Enjoy the solitude of having no-one contact you and not knowing what terrible things are happening around the world.

Having said that Kalumburu is likely to have Sat TV but then the locals might not be interested in state of origin form the eastern states.

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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 01:00
When we stayed at McGowan's Kalumburu i recall they had television at the house.

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Reply By: Pixellator - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 02:25

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 02:25
Take your Iridium and satellite TV. Don't forget the Mighty Maroons on June 8, 29 and July 15! Extreme amount of bias implied!
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Follow Up By: The BrakeAways - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 02:41

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 02:41
I haven't got satellite TV!! Might have to change the schedule to be back at Drysdale R by that night. Surely the match would be on at the bar there? Perhaps I should ring them!
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Reply By: Sundy & Cyclone - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 04:54

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 04:54
Yep, that's about it ----- what the "Noosa Fox" said, Cheers J & T
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Reply By: F Troop - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 05:27

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 05:27
We had a BIG nite for SO at Honeymoon bay Kalumburu a few years ago, but we had a sat dish, draged in heaps of campers for the match, big drink, big win for the Maroons.
lots of fun enjoy
Graham
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Reply By: Frank Aus - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 05:47

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 05:47
I will be in Halls Creek for Origin 2 and Derby for Origin 3 , will have sat tv but not fox sports or imparja. Might see you on the road somewhere Rick.
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Reply By: Boystoy - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 08:53

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 08:53
Getting back to mobile phones, in 2006 we discovered by accident GSM mobile phone coverage on the Tanami Track in the vicinity of the Granites Mine, about 50km south of Rabbit Flat.
Range doesn't extend far, but you can stop & make any necessary calls.

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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Saturday, Jun 06, 2009 at 22:56

Saturday, Jun 06, 2009 at 22:56
Most remote mine sites have phone reception, coverage good for a few Km outside their leases. The Smurfs won't work out bush if they cannot phone home.

I am currently sitting on top of a quartz reef and getting a signal from the Jundee Gold Mine about 23km west ofhere - 2 bars with the external antenna plugged in.

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Reply By: Wherrol - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 18:25

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 18:25
Hi Rick and Julie,

Just spent 25 days on the GRR did not go to Mitchell Falls or Kalumburu and don't know anything about football, Allan may be more interested!

Phone reception. Just 3km from of Home Valley, at the lookout we got full Next G signal (with Next G car anntenae) those without could not get a signal. Ditto the internet.

Other Internet - wireless is apparently available at Imitiji and we think Drysdale.

GRR is fantastic. Smooth as silk a lot of the way. We only drove at 40kph tops and that suited us fine. We saw several graders all on trucks being sent somewhere else! And the only BT we saw was at the Cable Beach caravan park which we are now at in Broome!

Cheers

Allan and Sharon
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Reply By: Silver Fox - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 00:56

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 00:56
Just came off the GRR yesterday. Mostly good to fair. VERY heavy traffic. Mostly hire 4x4s and camper trailers moving at 75 to 90 kph. Next G didn't work anywhere except at hill top above Home Valley. Public phone at Drysdale was out of action for a few days. Telstra hadn't been to fix it. Public phones at road houses along the way usually need new type phone cards. e.g. at Silent Grove the Ranger sells these $10 each. Road from GRR into Windjana is horrible. Road to Mitchell Plateau is worse. So many more travellers than 2006! cheers.
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