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This is an interesting thread. My wife and I shot out to the Barrier four days ago on one of those real light days with out too much of a look at the forward forecast until we got there. Fortunately the fridge broke down with three weeks of frozen meat so gave me an excuse to bail out when a small window appeared yesterday. Had an enjoyable sail back to Waiheke, but a not so enjoyable motor home today with beam rock peaking at 39 when we went past.

 

We are going to have another go at the summer cruise in a week or two.

 

BTW.. No Spark at the Barrier and the shop has run out of Vodafone sims which is a bummer for entertainment. Someone heard about my problem and lent me 'charged' vodem. There's some great follow cruisers around!

So No Spark Coverage at all at Fitzroy ?

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So No Spark Coverage at all at Fitzroy ?

No, just Vodafone. They have a cell tower out there so VF phones work a treat - we were able to stream the Sydney Hobart start quite happily.

2 degrees uses the Vodafone network when its own isn't available, so also works, but internet was so slow as to be almost unusable. Calls/txt worked fine.

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I was told there is no Spark cell site on the island so no reception anywhere in Fitzroy. Phones start to work out of Man of War Passage.

 

The other problem for me was channel 19 and 20 were very scratchy and difficult to understand, so no long term 'look ahead'.

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I was told there is no Spark cell site on the island so no reception anywhere in Fitzroy. Phones start to work out of Man of War Passage.

 

The other problem for me was channel 19 and 20 were very scratchy and difficult to understand, so no long term 'look ahead'.

Yep we could only get channel 19/20 to work outside man o war passage.

 

I was told there is a Telecom cell tower elsewhere on the island but it doesn't cover Fitzroy. Didn't go elsewhere to confirm.

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Hi, there is a weather/boatie vhf channel that is Gt Barrier specific - I can't remember what the channel is but it's a very low number on the dial. It only operates a cuppla times a day for a short period each time. So you need to set your (vodafone powered) phone alarm to those times. It's a volunteer site.

Ask a Barrier local - or 1 of the CREW.ORG members will know more? 

The channel is a pay site (I think that's still the case?) - you're supposed to contribute an amount to Barrier Radio when you use the service. Voluntary - but you should (in my opinion) do it.

 

Re Vodafone - I'm telecom, I bought a $20 SIM card from vodafone before I went to Barrier last time. Told the important people in my life what the new number was so that they could call that when the telecom number didn't work.

Pretty simple - just gotta remember to buy it before leaving the home dock................ :roll:

 

Be safe out there.............

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Gt Barrier Radio channel 1 vhf.

This is a private radio operated by Emmy and has coverage over most of the island. Annual subscription $90.00

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Spark does / did? have a cell tower on Kaikoura island, "but" it needs Diesel to run it, in previous years they have filled the fuel tank and ran it from Xmas until the tank runs dry. Not to be used again until the following Xmas. They have good reception down in Tryphena, just not in Fitzroy.

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Spark does / did? have a cell tower on Kaikoura island, "but" it needs Diesel to run it, in previous years they have filled the fuel tank and ran it from Xmas until the tank runs dry. Not to be used again until the following Xmas. They have good reception down in Tryphena, just not in Fitzroy.

 

we were around Fitzroy from 21 Dec to 1 jan. We had no spark reception during this time. Might be a thing of the past? Or someone couldn't be bothered filling the diesel thank?

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