Aug 27, 2003, 6:21 PM
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2-way satellite Internet in Mexico and beyond
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New Two-Way Mobile Satellite Dish
Cyber-family Tests New Satellite Technology
Aug 26, 2003 02:13 pm
(Highway 50, Nevada. The Loneliest Road in America) The Bell family, the
number 3 beta-testers rolled out of the MotoSAT factory in Salt Lake City
today to test the F3 satellite dish that promises to revolutionize mobile
communications throughout North America. The F3 is a mobile two way
satellite dish that can deliver internet, TV and even voice to most
locations in North and Central America. The 1.2 meter dish is installed on
top of the Bell's 28 foot motorhome and will provide vital communications
for this cyber-hungry family of four.
"The dish will be the central hub for our lifestyle," explains Dorothy
Bell. "We need it for work, school and recreation." Bill and Dorothy Bell
are co-founders and webmasters of the largest internet site on the web
devoted to RV camping in Mexico. Their two children, Adam 15 and daughter
Dylan 13, require constant internet access for school and chatting with
"The dish enables us to live our dream," says Dorothy. "We are now free
from sporadic cell phone connections, infrequent internet cafes and
impossibly slow phone lines. We can truly be the nomadic cyber family that
communicates with our world from wherever we want."
MotoSAT currently sells over 200 of the smaller .75 meter dishes every week
to RV'ers and others who require true 2 way satellite communications.
The new F3 dish is substantially larger and will receive and send signal
from fringe areas otherwise not reachable by the former technology. "The
Bell's should be able to communicate from Alaska to the Equator," says
Royal Lamb, MotoSAT VP. "We are confident that this dish will provide
professional and reliable communications to even the most remote areas on
the continent at a reasonable cost."
In addition to hardware and installation costs, consumers are required to
subscribe to internet service which currently starts at $99 per month for
unlimited always on signal. "We can easily justify the costs as it makes
our professional and school life feasible. We can semi-retire and tinker
with projects and photos," says Dorothy.
Bill and Dorothy are both former journalists and municipal politicians that
have slipped readily into an early working retirement while pursuing travel
and photographic adventures that they love. "We have always wanted to
travel and work on the road but the technology wasn't reliable enough to do
this professionally. With this dish we can send reports back to our web
from the most remote Caribbean Beach or beside a jungle pyramid in
Palenque," explains Bill the photographer of the family. "I can immediately
upload numerous pictures and video footage to our web and have them
available within minutes."
The Bell's website, www.ontheroadin.com, is a cyber travel guide to Mexico
for RV'ers and includes interactive maps and camping directory listing each
of the 400 campgrounds - each with pictures and write-ups. The web will be
expanding with the new technology and provide up-to-date news, events and
pricing. "Generally guidebooks and directories are three years out of date
by the time you buy them," explains Dorothy. "We can now make a
destination's information as current as the day we travel through it."
A major consideration for these now full-time travelers has been education
for their two children. The Bells have enrolled the kids in internet school
- Distance Education offered through their local School District in North
Vancouver Canada that is heavily reliant on internet to communicate with
teachers and with fellow students who are physically situated throughout
the world. While both Bell teenagers are sad that they will miss the day to
day interaction with friends, they can clearly understand that the new
satellite dish will provide a means to communicate with classmates and
"Dylan and I want to talk to our friends from beaches on the Pacific and
show them some of our boogie boarding or surfing pictures. Too cool," say
Adam. "We can send them a new age post card complete with video of palm
trees, marketplaces or discos. We can talk to them daily instead of waiting
until we reach an internet café."
The Bells will be testing this new 1.2 meter dish from Mexico and Central
America this winter and spring and will return to America and Canada later
in 2004. They are currently in Nevada and welcome comments, emails and
visitors to their web.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
(This post was edited by Guapo Gabacho on Aug 27, 2003, 6:22 PM)