Friday, June 1, 2012

UHF Channels

Click here for a link to a doc about UHF channels in OZ.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hema Navigator Owners - Don't try this at home.

Yes OK I'm gadget junkie. I'm always messing around with my toys.

Even as a kid I use to pull things apart that were not meant to be. I just wanted to see how they worked.

Any way (I digress). I thought it would be cool to tweak my new Hema Navigator HN6 by using the OziExplorer Screen Designer to add a few features to the screen. In particular I wanted to enable the feature that configuration window for the Auto Log Book function.

I downloaded the latest version from, copied the HEMA-EziOzi2.par1 file made the adjustments and saved the file under a new name.

I changed the page file in the Navigator only to find that none of the Hema buttons were present so I couldn't change the the page file back to the Hema default one.

Stupidly I thought I would delete my file and that should trick the system in going back to the default page file. Nope. That just locked the system up. Sure it tried to load the default page file but it was looking for a file that did not exist. I'm guess it was a legacy issue. It obviously didn't cross anyone's mind that someone like me would be so adventurous. Turning my new HN6 into an expensive brick. Well almost.

I tried renaming a copy of the page file to default.par1 and a few other things but no go.

Another brainwave hit me to check the .cgf files to find the name of the file it was looking for. Sure enough lastpage.cfg said the file name was "Hema Navigator 1.par1" so I renamed a copy of the HEMA-EziOzi2.par1 file to this name and volla! everything back to normal.

It was only then I contacted Hema support and within a few hours they sent me a new HEMA-EziOzi2.par1 file with access to the Log Book configuration settings.

I've dealt with Hema a number of times and they have always been very helpful. Their after sales support is seriously good. Thumps up for them.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Trip Planner

I've put a copy of my trip planner on Google Docs.

Here's the Link

Hopefully its self explanatory.

Please comment here if you have any problems.

To use the sheet you will first need to copy it to your google account using File > Make A Copy.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Karavan Setup in 6 Minutes

I've added a new Video on setting up the Karavan.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kimberley Karavan in the Aussie Bush

Added a new Video showing the Karavan in the Bush

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tallarook - Camping in Style

Last minute decision to go to Tallarook SP last weekend.

Great state park with loads of bush camping opportunities.

The Kimberly Karavan came into its own particularly for that last 100m when the going gets tight. The KK is the same width as, and tracks behind the Landcruiser 200 making it easier to get down overgrown tracks.

The KK also means we can leave almost no trace behind when we leave.

Even under the tree canopy the solar performed well - we stayed two nights and never got close to needing the Honda EU20i

Heaps of butterflies and apart from a few loud motor bikes we didn't see or hear another soul.

Fantastic weekend.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kangaroo Island & Barossa Trip - Apr 2011 - Days 7-10

The remainder of the trip was spent in the Barrossa Valley.

After a morning ferry trip and a visit to to some family in Adelaide we arrived that evening in Tanunda which was our base for the next 3 full days.

Tununda Township
We stayed at the Tununda Caravan and Tourist Park which was a nice bit of luxury compared to Kangaroo Island and obviously with less privacy.

We spent some of the time visiting a few of the local wineries including Grant Burge, Two Hands
Kellermeister, Langmeil and Jacobs Creek.

The Barrossa Valley
 We also visited the Lyndoch Lavender Farm

And took a ride in a hot air balloon which was a real treat.

We loved the Barrossa and will most likely go back for another visit. Great place to relax and unwind.

Kangaroo Island & Barossa Trip - Apr 2011 - Day 6

I need to finish the posts for this trip. I've been carried away planning for next year's trip.

So back on the last trip.

Day 6 was our last full day on the island so we cramped a few things in, including:

Clifford's Honey Farm, Eucalyptus Distillery and Prospect Hill (below):

Then went via Charing Cross Road

To see Cape Willoughby Lighthouse and Lashmar Lagoon:

Staying the night at Antechamber Bay - We went to the south side of the river where it was a very quiet, secluded camping spot. (albeit with no facilities).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2013 Trip Dates and Map

Slight change of plans.

We've decide to only include the top section of the CSR in the trip and to join the track from the east via Gary Jct Road. The plan is to get there in time for the May 10, 2013 Solar Eclipse.

Here is the trip map.

View LSL Trip Plan in a larger map