Barrett to support a challenger class team in the World Solar Challenge Perth, Western Australia, October 16, 2015 - The 3,000 km journey from Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory to Adelaide in South Australia is a remote and arduous one for any traveller. But the feat is even greater in an aerodynamic solar car that requires a team of specialists to ensure it makes the distance in the fastest possible time. On the 18th October 2015, 46 teams from around the world will take up this challenge for the honour of winning the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in their World Solar Challenge

respective divisions. One of the many race requirements is for all teams to maintain reliable communications within each team and to emergency services, should that be required.

The Belgium Punch Powertrain Solar Team have enlisted the assistance of Barrett Communications to supply and manage their short range and long range High Frequency (HF) communications. The Punch Powertrain Solar Team convoy will consist of 8 vehicles including the solar car.

Mr Karel Winderickx, Public Relations and Events specialist for the Punch Powertrain Solar Team explained “In past challenges we have used satellite phones which have been very expensive for the extensive communications required over the 8 day race and we found them to be sometimes unreliable due to atmospheric conditions. Following the 2013 event we identified communications was an areas we wanted to reassess. It was recommended that we talk with Barrett Communications directly to see if they would be interested in being involved in the 2015 challenge.” HF is ideally suited for this type of communications as it is extremely reliable and is free to air as it uses the Ionosphere (a layer of the earth's atmosphere about 80 to 1,000 km above the earth's surface) to transmit radio waves. “We were excited when Barrett was keen to be involved and provide a vehicle and staff to manage our communications.”



Each of the 8 vehicles will have UHF communications, as 6 of the vehicles will be no more than a couple of kilometres away from each other. However the lead vehicle, known as “Eagle” will be 100 km in front of the solar car and its responsibility is to be the weather vehicle and advise of conditions ahead. All of this information will be communicated to “Brains” the vehicle directly trailing the solar car, about 3 seconds behind it over HF radio.

“Eagle” will have a full voice, email and data system installed including the Barrett 2050 HF SSB transceiver, the Barrett 2020 Email, fax and data system, the Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning antenna and the Barrett 2018 Mobile magnetic loop antenna installed. “This system is ideally suited to this scenario”, explained Mr. Greg O'Neill, Managing Director at Barrett Communications. “This system will allow “Eagle” to communicate with “Brains” over voice and for “Eagle” to communicate with the base station in Alice Springs, 1500km south of Darwin, over voice, email and data, which will then connect into the phone network via the internet back to the Barrett Communications Head Office in Perth Western Australia, 2499km's away from Alice Springs. They will be utilising the GPS vehicle tracking software as part of the Barrett 2020 Email, fax and data system which will give real time location details on google maps which we will be streaming live to our website”.

The installation of two antennas on “Eagle” is essential. The Barrett 2018 uses NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Sky wave) to overcome the dead zones, a common limitation of a typical mobile whip antenna and is highly effective over the 100 km short distance between vehicles. The Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning antenna, is a whip based antenna, which is ideal for the long
distance communications back to the base station in Alice Springs.

Barrett Communications wish all the teams competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge a safe trip and look forward to tracking and watching the Punch Powertrain Solar Team with interest over the challenge.










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Click on the map to view Live tracking: Follow the “Punch One” solar car as it makes its way to Adelaide. Tracking is made possible by a HF Radio “GPS call” from the solar cars position to a HF base station in Alice Springs and is then interfaced live from a 2050 HF transceiver to Google maps.


HF radio equipped Punch Powertrain Team support vehicle “Brains” during testing at Willow Bank Raceway in Darwin.

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HF radio equipped Barrett Communications support vehicle “Eagle” making a quick stop in Marble Bar on the way to the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Darwin.
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Barrett has a long held reputation for the supply and support of HF communications equipment to the aid and humanitarian markets.

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Barrett 2020 HF email system
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Barrett 2050 HF transceiver
Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning mobile antenna
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Barrett 2020 HF email system
Barrett 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate
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Barrett 2020 HF email system
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Our turnkey network design team will take your system requirements and produce an initial technical proposal.

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