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#264867 - 20/01/2005 07:47 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
Meteorologist

Registered: 22/05/2001
Posts: 5162
Loc: Brisbane
Hey James! Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the person I was talking to was giving me some old prices and plans, I want to go on the $10 datapack, but maybe during peak times upgrade to the $29 or higher (eg, TDU period would be awesome).

It's amazing how far technology has come! smile

AC
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#264868 - 20/01/2005 09:19 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Michael Bath Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 20/06/2001
Posts: 2447
Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
I'm not sure what the differences are between EV DO and 1X, only that the EV DO is mainly in the cities so far....

$10/mo is pretty good for a few mb. Will just have to switch plans for big events as you suggest AC !

You have to get through to the wireless data section on the Telstra 125111 number. Their technical support is on 1300 131 816 if you need it.

MB

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#264869 - 20/01/2005 09:20 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
Meteorologist

Registered: 22/05/2001
Posts: 5162
Loc: Brisbane
Yeah...regardless, $4mb is a lot cheaper than what I'm paying now too!!! (Although I got quoted $10/mb, but I think that's wrong). Will get on to them today and sort out some things I think.

AC
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#264870 - 20/01/2005 13:07 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
stimps Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 25/10/2002
Posts: 203
Loc: ipswich
I looked into GPRS for my CarPC in my xr6t. Was gonna cost 55c/KB. I almost choked. When my contract on my current phone runs out I might look into a CDMA.

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#264871 - 24/01/2005 00:04 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 27/08/2001
Posts: 1207
Loc: Mcleans Ridges
Yep MB , Evo Do is only for capital cities (as was 1X 2 years ago until last year). The reason I beleive is to test out the technology and make sure a)it works and b)there is a need out there before spending the big bucks and having its coveraged increased.

The main difference between Evo and 1X is download speeds:

1X - Download speeds up to 144kbps

Evo - Download speeds between 300 and a whopping 600 kbps

That is some incredible speed !!! laugh

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#264872 - 24/01/2005 10:28 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Michael Bath Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 20/06/2001
Posts: 2447
Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
Hi James - any tips on getting a connection to actually work the first time ?
Dave Ellem and I get XP error 31, error 692, error 721 and some other ones when starting the dial up connection. Seems to be random errors and very annoying.

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#264873 - 24/01/2005 13:12 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
David Smith Offline
Member

Registered: 27/10/2003
Posts: 413
Loc: Moorooka Qld
Hey guys I forgot to get Anthony to show me his download set up when I was there yesterday. Oh well next time at my place. Thanks Michael the meeting was great, thanks to your wife also.

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#264874 - 25/01/2005 00:37 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
anewts Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 21/08/2002
Posts: 3343
Loc: Forestville, NSW
Am thinking about getting this
http://www.vodafone.com.au/business/bussol/vmc/vmc.jsp?gs=business&hd=bussol&st=vmc

Sure its not cheap, but would be so much easier than having to plug in the phone all the time...considering my options.

Andrew

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#264875 - 25/01/2005 09:05 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 27/08/2001
Posts: 1207
Loc: Mcleans Ridges
Hi MB,

Will check it out with my laptop today and hopefully find a fix for you.

Andrew - I didnt realise that plugging in a phone was so hard ... :p .Takes me around 1.3 seconds to do that step ! In all seriousness just remember that if you are chasing distances like I beleive you do then dont get caught out by coverage issues of GPRS.

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#264876 - 29/01/2005 14:57 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
UHF_CH10 Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 20/09/2004
Posts: 85
Loc: Morningside (Brisbane)
I noticed that Telstra provide access to most of the AU Radars via WAP. Any GSM handset with a WAP browser connected to Mobilenet is a candidate. From the Home Page navigate to news/weather and select WeatherNews.

No animation available, image is small so limited in detail. Will be interested to see the bill.

Optus seem to have a service available/coming, tho looks to be a premium service ($)

http://www.weathernews.com/au/c/press/2004/040930optus.html

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#264877 - 30/01/2005 17:57 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 27/08/2001
Posts: 1207
Loc: Mcleans Ridges
MB, are you still having problems connecting ? For me to dial into 1X you use the username of user@telstra.internet plus the password that Telstra should have advised you. Number I dial to is #777 using a Network/Dial up connection in Windows. Once I hit dial it automatically connects, authorises and then its all systems go.

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#264878 - 31/01/2005 17:41 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Michael Bath Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 20/06/2001
Posts: 2447
Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
Hi James,

Last night we could not connect at all using Dave's laptop - all sorts of XP connection errors. This afternoon I tried on my laptop and it worked first time. I let the PC with XP Pro boot up first before plugging in the USB cable, then the phone into that. I can't remember if you had a USB connection or IR ?

There must be some correct sequence to all this ! I will call Telstra tech support if the problem persists - I hate 'random' sort of errors as it never fails when you go and ask for help !

cheers, Michael

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#264879 - 31/01/2005 18:19 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 27/08/2001
Posts: 1207
Loc: Mcleans Ridges
Obviously all the drivers for the phone are loaded on the Computer (Not sure if you need them with XP actually).

Personally I only attach the USB connection I use after the computer has been switched on.

Im using W98 on my laptop hence why I dont have many problems. I have heard that XP's can be a bit tricky when first connecting.

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#264880 - 04/03/2005 19:57 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
temp trace Offline
Member

Registered: 03/02/2001
Posts: 457
Loc: Newcastle, NSW
Evening all,

Just bringing this thread back from the dead.

My mobile died today and have been looking at other options as a replacement. Came across this: Maxon MiniMax

Anyone know or had anything to do with it?



Looks interesting if nothing else.

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#264881 - 13/03/2005 22:19 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Mad Maury Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 17/01/2005
Posts: 7
Loc: Sydney, Australia 151.14E 33....
I have used the previous versions of the Maxon CDMA modems (3100 and 5500) over the last 3+ years. Ive installed about half a dozen on race boats for internet/wx access at sea. They are extremely reliable and the 1X is fast (where available). With a high-gain antenna I have been able to get access up to 30+ nautical miles off the coast from Eden to the Whitsundays (with a few holes) and around 50-60 N.miles across Bass Strait.

On land you would probably get even better coverage with a good antenna. I can post details for antennas etc, if required.

My personal experience with XP, USB modems and NMEA/GPS has been nothing short of a nightmare. Win2K is a much better option

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#264882 - 15/06/2005 13:16 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Andrew N Offline
Member

Registered: 17/05/2005
Posts: 291
Loc: Roseville, Wentworth Falls, Da...
Hi all,

Ended up getting a Voda Data card the other day for my lappy, very happy with it. Get 500mb a month for $49.95, don't think i will have any problems there.

Can't wait to test it out chasing, i know its not going to have the coverage of CDMA, but will do the job.

Andrew

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#264883 - 22/06/2005 00:31 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
DannyF Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 09/12/2001
Posts: 190
Loc: Top End of Happiness - Wulagi ...
If your chasing cheap GPRS Optus have a pretty good plan. Im paying $0.005 (half a cent) per kilobyte up to $50 and then it goes to 0.0025 (1/4 cent) per kilobyte and then after $100 it goes down to $0.0015 works out about $5.00 per megabyte. And if you make a basic HTML page to stay on your laptop hard drive with a link directly to the radar gif file you can do it pretty cheap
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#264884 - 23/06/2005 12:50 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
SummerWind Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/03/2004
Posts: 3
Loc: Coffs Harbour
Hi Everyone, Just thought I'd let you know that I have a pc-ephone which is a cdma mobile phone with full internet. I can view the BOM radar and other websites the same as you would on your desktop pc. You are charged for the time on the internet not by mb. I am on a $30 plan with telstra and the most I've paid for internet calls is about 44 cents/minute, the cost varies depending on what time you use it.If anyone
wants to know more info you can visit their website www.pcephone.com.au or ask me.

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#264885 - 16/07/2005 16:14 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
stimps Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 25/10/2002
Posts: 203
Loc: ipswich
Well I have just tried the mobile phone, dialing into a ISP idea, using Optus, and after I set it up, paid for a cheap dial in account (optus give cable customers like me a $4.95 unlimited dial up account) connected the phone to the in car pc using the IR link, all was going swimmingly, untill the optus ISP kept hanging up the phone. Rang optus and they said they dont support this on their dial ISP system. So anyone thinking of using Optus, dont bother, they are useless.
ANyone useing this with a telstra account?

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#264886 - 18/07/2005 18:20 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Chaser80 Offline
Member

Registered: 16/07/2005
Posts: 164
Loc: Floreat, Perth, W.A.
Hey there, Ive got an idea for this problem smile
I about to buy an LD-250 lightning detector from Boltek in the states. you can run it on your home comp, or Turn on the LD-250's heading indicator when running mobile. hook up to a cheap$(200) GPS. The blue triangle in the center of the screen rotates as your vehicle turns to show the LD-250 is using your GPS or marine compass to correct for changes in your vehicle's direction.
This would mean you have no on-going phone connection bills. plus your freinds can view it live on the internet when its hooked up to your home computer. You are only interested in severe storms anyways, so the detector is even better than the radar I think.

Also try the AVN plotter at www.inflowimages.com/WeatherData/avn2.asp
And for assistance on what to look for with the plotter go to..
www.downunderchase.com/storminfo/stormguide/
Then you almost wont need the radar/detector if you know what to look for. it takes a while to get used to, but its bloody great when you do!

Cheers Tom, any dramas...email me smile

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