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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #60 on: February 23, 2011, 07:11:03 pm »
When riding solo I ride carrying a MTN Gaurdian. Family at home can track you and there is also a panic button. You need cell phone reception for the tracking but at least it will narrow down the seach if needed.
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Does Vodacom have something similar?
Not sure. You do not have to be an existing MTN client to get one. It is totally seperate to your cell phone.
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #61 on: February 24, 2011, 06:27:11 am »
Not sure if is the same feature, but the MTN one my wife used for our kids only tells you the network tower / beacon that is in contact with the other phone. I suppose it could prove useful for a lost person, but that does cover a large area.
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #62 on: February 24, 2011, 08:07:17 am »
Very tragic. Sympathies to family & friends.
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #63 on: February 24, 2011, 08:16:52 am »
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #64 on: February 24, 2011, 08:39:48 am »
i met tim in december at cape union in east london he was busy getting gear for a trip that he was planning for mid year for up into africa was going to go solo.
was a great guy and down to earth said he had sold everything to just ride where and when he wanted to.
he was also so stoked about the new bike that he had got to test ride with turned out to be the bike that gave him his last ride so sorry man.

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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #65 on: February 24, 2011, 03:54:35 pm »
Shiet !!  :'(  RIP. Tragic way to go. Lets all try learn something from his mistake.
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #66 on: February 25, 2011, 05:38:02 am »
I have just re read an article in Bike off road adventure mag (simon Fourie) and really liked his style, easy to read and informative.
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #67 on: February 25, 2011, 12:55:37 pm »
When riding solo I ride carrying a MTN Gaurdian. Family at home can track you and there is also a panic button. You need cell phone reception for the tracking but at least it will narrow down the seach if needed.

I think the idea of a personal locator is an excellent one. To go with a full GPS communicator is terribly expensive, but one can use a GMS transmitter & GPS receiver combination which obviously if you are out of reach of cell tower will at least give the last few co-ordinates before you went out of range narrowing the search grid considerably.

2 options here:

OPTION 1. Here is a simple device that takes a 3g card and once an sms is sent to it re-sends gps co-ords.

Costs approx R1125-00



Specifications:

Main Function: Family GPS Tracker with Messaging
GSM Frequency Bands: 850/900/1800/1900 or 900/1800Mhz
GPS Sensitivity: -159dB
GPS Positional Accuracy: within 10m
Typical Active Battery Life: >48 hours
Start Up Times
- Hot Start: 45 seconds (avg)
- Warm Start: 30 seconds (avg)
Power Source: Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (800mAh)
Dimensions: 70mm x 43mm x 17mm (L x W x D)
Manufacturer Ref: BXRZG8UONLYF
Technical parameters:
Weight: 40g
Network: GSM / GPRS
Chip: SIRF3 chip
Vehicle charging voltage :12-24V input 5V output
Handheld Charger Voltage :110-220V input 5V output
Storage Temperature: -40 ° C to +85 ° C
Operating temperature: -20 ° C to +55 ° C
Humidity: 5% - 95% non-condensing
Full power can work 1-2 days.

Product Notes:

Also provides GPS speed data for object velocity.
Molded casing with integrated loop design for lanyard or keyring use.
Three color LEDs to indicate power, GSM, and GPS status.
SOS button to send SMS help message to paired cellphone number.
Back of unit has indented area where ID sticker can be placed - A FIRST ON THE MARKET.
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OPTION 2:
2. If you have a phone with GPS on it you can load depending on your phone, software that is GSM based & interrogates your cell built-in GPS for co-ordinates and then sends those co-ordinates back to the person who requested them via sms.
Jughead had it on his phone and when we went away into the great yonder, it gave the wives peace of mind to be able to send an sms and then pop the co-ords into Mapsource and locate us. This is obviously the cheaper alternate as you use existing equipment but it only works on phones with operating systems like Windows Mobile and would not work on proprietary opsys.

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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #68 on: February 25, 2011, 01:50:08 pm »
Agreed we do sometimes ride alone but hey like in scuba diving you rather take a buddy with you never know what might happen........... RIP Tim
 

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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #69 on: March 11, 2011, 12:00:27 pm »
Does any one on the forum know what the really happened to Tim in the Baviaans area. He was a bike journalist who recently wrote about trips on 250 and 500 Puzeys. He died after going on a solo trip to an adjoining farm. Who can tell more?
 

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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #70 on: March 11, 2011, 12:26:48 pm »
Nee wat vlekkelose ek kuier op my lekkerste tussen die rokers,dronkgatte,vloekers,hoere en ander sondaars  :imaposer:
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #71 on: March 11, 2011, 06:01:24 pm »
he crashed  :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #72 on: March 12, 2011, 09:54:38 am »
Thanks Briane, the article in Die Burger is fairly close to what I had heard but I did not want to have the gossip version, hence the question.
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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #73 on: April 14, 2011, 05:33:46 pm »
Just read this last w/end in "off road and adventure sa" this cool guy died in a accident in baviaans kloof. Just loved his writing travelling style. On friday he will throw a apple,bottle of water and cableties in his rucksack and travel off to some destination in the eastern cape for the w/end and tell it to you in such way that i felti was there. He must have done fantastic marketing for "puzey" as well allways singing there praise. He was just handed the new 500 Puzey the other day and this must be the first real trip on it. Never met him but i am sure he was a nice guy and we will miss his little trips around EC. Hopefully it was just a single vehicle accident and not as described with avoiding possible contact from a oncoming vehicle and then ending in the ditch, and then suffer there for +-15days.  Wow-- Condolences to his family.

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Re: Tim Donaldson threads merged
« Reply #74 on: April 14, 2011, 05:51:21 pm »
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