Overland Wired - Communications from the Field

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An image rich presentation I gave at the 2010 Overland Expo. It focuses on how to stay in touch when making an extended international overland trip.

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  • international focus, subjective views through use and experience
    in the context of an extended overland trip
    - tired, busy (camp, navigation, foreign)
  • fun, work....
  • actually only one, it’s all data now passed over a network
  • phones, radios, internet
    some overlap
  • GSM is essential
    Talk to provider to
  • GSM, 4G - LTE, agreed on global standard (more or less)
    Data, all digital
    blank areas - you need sat phones
  • smartphone disadvantage
    usually locked, subsidy
    can’t easily get a replacement
    buy a local sim
  • Iridium, most coverage, expensive
    Thuraya offers coverage based over the middle-east and Africa, and is expanding to cover more of Asia.
    pitiful data rates (2.4 kbps)
  • all ham radios, NO CBs anymore
    IC-2200H $170 new
    PMR446 (in Europe) and FRS/GMRS (in North America) - cheap, presents, no problem if lost or damaged
  • rules regulations laws
    could be confiscated
    forget about CBs
    HF and antennas - not practical due to workload



  • filtering, speed, safety
    - keyloggers, etc. use your own machine.
  • wifi and edge / 3g
    use local provider sim if possible
    or buy roaming data in advance
    hugely expensive if you’re not careful
  • expensive
    ideal if you need comms
    voip service provided
    rent vs buy

  • Overland Wired - Communications from the Field

    1. 1. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/COOKIEM/1668951839/ HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/WALDOJ/463569272/ OVERLAND WIRED - APRIL 2010 NICK TAYLOR - NICKT@NICKT.COM - @INDIGOPRIME - WWW.NICKT.COM - WWW.EXERRO.COM
    2. 2. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/COOKIEM/1668951839/ ABOUT ME TECH GUY, DESERT TRAVELER, LAND ROVERER, BMW-RIDING, C.ENG, FRGS, NORTHUMBRIAN, GEEK.
    3. 3. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/H_IS_FOR_HOME/3858850863/ VOICE & DATA TWO WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE PROBLEM
    4. 4. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MAC_USERS_GUIDE/3686757303/ HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/EIRIKSO/3055527027/ REALLY 3 ELEMENTS (I)PHONE, RADIO & TEH INTERWEBS
    5. 5. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/DAVIDMADDISON/46522311/ HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/DJWUDI/382030798/ HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/SIGALAKOS/542155941/ PHONES GSM, LANDLINE, SAT PHONE, SMARTPHONE!
    6. 6. HTTP://WWW.COVERAGEMAPS.COM/GSMPOSTER_WORLD.HTM GSM WORLD COVERAGE OR WHY YOU NEED A GSM PHONE
    7. 7. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/JOHNSPOONER/315915549/ HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/JOHNDUFFELL/4428548733/ PHONE SHOPS FROM LANDLINE TO MOBILE
    8. 8. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/NOSTRI-IMAGO/3347077014/ HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/JOHNLINWOOD/1831247983/ SAT PHONES CHOOSE YOUR NETWORK
    9. 9. RADIOS SHORT-RANGE MEDIUM-RANGE LONG-RANGE HOME ON THE RANGE PAYING ATTENTION? ANYONE? ANYONE?
    10. 10. A SELECTION OF RADIOS RECOMMENDED HANDHELD & MOBILE UNITS IMAGES COPYRIGHT ICOM, KENWOOD & YAESU
    11. 11. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/QUANTUMDRIVER/2994379428/ INTERNET & THE WEB OR, HOW TO BE “WORKING FROM HOME” IN THE CONGO. OR THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY A CAT.
    12. 12. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/JEFFWERNER/19215810/ HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/SLUGABED/3235234553/ INTERNET CAFES THEY ARE EVERYWHERE...
    13. 13. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/JURVETSON/227904949/ SMARTPHONES IS THAT THE INTERNET IN YOUR POCKET?
    14. 14. BYOI BRING YOUR OWN INTERNET
    15. 15. PERSPECTIVE YOU’RE SOMEWHERE FEW PEOPLE GO, YOU’LL NEVER GO BACK. IT’S WONDERFUL. BE THERE.

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