World Solar Challenge, Where in Australia are they? In remote and hostile conditions the ability to track a vehicle is often used to ensure the safety of passengers. However, for the Belgium Punch Powertrain Solar Team in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, it gives those watching the challenge from outside of Australia the ability to see how the team are going and where in Australia they are.

Barrett has developed a simple HF tracking system which works with Google Maps to provide real time vehicle tracking. The Barrett 2050 HF SSB transceiver installed in “Brains” will send a GPS call, which is an existing capability being one of the 2050 HF transceiver types of Selcal.

The base station in Alice Springs, up to 1,500km away, will receive the “call” which will be the GPS location coordinates from the GPS reciever connected to the Barrett 2050 HF transceiver in “Brains”.

The base station in Alice Springs is installed with another Barrett 2050 HF transceiver which will save these GPS coordinates as a .txt file on a computer connected to the 2050 HF transceiver.

Drama on the road. One of the three connection points where the rear wheel was connected to the car, broke off. Driving the car was not possible until the problem was fixed. The students lost time, but are still fifth in the race.

The repair went smoothly, but the students lost a lot of precious time. How the connection broke off is not clear at the moment.
Via an internet connection these coordinates are sent to the Barrett Communications Head Office in Perth, Western Australia, 2499km's away from Alice Springs where the .txt file is then converted into a .gpx file and uploaded to the Barrett Communications website and interfaced with Google Maps.

To view the current and past locations of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team car “Punch One” click here.

The “Eagle” vehicle is also fitted with the Barrett 2020 HF email, fax and data system, which connected to the Barrett 2050 HF transceiver will send emails and data via free to air HF radio. The 2020 system is simple to install and easy to use.

To the operator, emails are sent and received via their own email software such as MS Outlook, Lotus Notes or any other common email program.



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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.


Inside HF radio equipped Barrett Communications support vehicle “Eagle”. HF radio communications in “Eagle” and “Brains” have been working well.


Inside HF radio equipped Punch Powertrain Team support vehicle “Brains” during the race on day one. The “Punch One” solar car just visible on the road to Adelaide.


Solar Car “Punch one” recharges with Barrett Communications HF radio equipped support vehicle “Brains” in the back ground at the end of day four.
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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 2050 HF transceiver
Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning mobile antenna
Barrett 2050 Wireless control HF transceiver
Barrett 2060 Automatic telephone interconnect
Barrett 2020 HF email system
Barrett 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate
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Barrett 2050 HF transceiver
Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning mobile antenna
Barrett 2050 Wireless control HF transceiver
Barrett 2060 Automatic telephone interconnect
Barrett 2020 HF email system
Barrett 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate
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Barrett 2050 HF transceiver
Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning mobile antenna
Barrett 2050 Wireless control HF transceiver
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Barrett 2020 HF email system
Barrett 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate
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