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#293260 10-Jan-2022 09:54
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Visiting parents in Nelson. They have a CelFi unit installed (officially).


Interesting thing this morning where only some phones near the unit picked up Emergency Alerts for a fire in Motueka at 5:30am (Motueka is 25km as the crow flies across the water).


The external antenna points to a tower in that direction, Ruby Bay. So I'm guessing phones in the house that were connected to tower via CelFi unit picked it up and others where on the local tower didn't


Anyway its made me realised that they can potentially miss alerts in their local area that are relevant/important. I assume alerts are sent by tower locations? No complaints just interested in how they work.

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  #2846009 10-Jan-2022 10:55
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Correct. Send message to all clients on X tower/area.




There are a couple of in-depth quake alert type threads here that goes into it in detail. (But normally end up in a 'my device didn't get it but this one did' sort of scrap.) It's just the nature of the beast. It is 1 method of contact. It is not the primary method of contact. As always not something to rely on - They were also door knocking immediate area and relaying the news via radio station releases to stay indoors and close up.



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