Thursday, 13 September 2007

World Solar Challenge

It's official.

I've been asked to continue to maintain the web-site for the World Solar Challenge again this year in Adelaide. I'll be flying out to assist with the build of the Media Center, then keep the web-site up to date during the 20th Anniversary event which sees 55 teams driving from Darwin to Adelaide.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007


Yay, the service upgrade has finally happened.

After spending too much time looking for a provider who would upgrade my service to a 1Mbit connection and having to deal with the government changing the funding regime again, I have found a new satellite internet provider, DragNET.

In the back-end, it's still an Optus B3 service using Gilat hardware, but I've now actually decommissioned my SkyBlaster 360e which has been keeping me online since we started our journey (albeit the third actual modem, first one replaced because a firmware upgrade in Dunsborough, the second one was replaced in Mount Pleasant after a storm hit us in Graham's Creek.)

The new modem - which I've had since April 2006 - sitting in a box - is a SkyEdge modem. It gives me connectivity to the same satellite, that is Optus B3 - though I could have opted for D1, I stayed with B3 to keep VoIP connectivity.

So, now with a new service I have a 1Mbit download and a 256Kbit upload with 5Gb of data for the same cost as my previous service. VoIP is actually working and I'm a happy camper.

Saturday, 10 March 2007


Setting up in a back yard where you can park the van a few meters from the site is always handy, and so it was for this installation.

I've initiated an upgrade to a SkyEdge platform, and we'll see how well that performs. It may also turn out to be on a different satellite, Optus D1, rather than Optus B3.

VoIP is coming soon...

Tuesday, 16 January 2007


Well for the first time in four years, I'm currently online via ADSL. That isn't expected to be for long, but the dish was going to be in the way for Australia day celebrations, so concessions had to be made :-)

Saturday, 6 January 2007


Setup here last time was simple, now it's a doddle.

As a means to keep the kit all cool, I put a picnic table above the boxes and the temperature in them appeared to drop dramatically.

I have not yet actually inserted a thermometer into the box with the modem, but will do so soon.