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Emergency Communication
#1
Does anyone here have experience with SPOT, inReach, arc Artex or other emergency communication devices?

-- Spiff
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#2
Overland Journal did an article on them a while ago.  It's online over on Expedition Portal:

http://expeditionportal.com/personal-loc...essengers/

Note that a TRUE Personal Locator Beacon requires no subscription and directly contacts the Government Search and Rescue people.

I plan to get one when I hit the road, next year.  But right now I've no personal experience with them.

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John
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John

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#3
The technology in PLBs is far superior to the Spot device. They'll work many places the Spot will not.

The PLB is better unless you just want all the features the Spot offers and are ready to pay for them.
Bob
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#4
Thanks for the responses.

OP: Thanks for the link.  I had bookmarked that article last winter and then promptly forgot about it  Confused

Bob: I included the Spot because it has been on the market the longest.  They have a new unit out (gen 3) that is about $60 cheaper than the others (still requires a subscription).

I am thinking that for now I am going to just go with a boosted cell signal and see if I go to places that lack signal.  My appetite for long backpacking trips is diminishing with age.

-- Spiff
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#5
ham radio would be my choice. I like to hang out in areas where the is no cell service. with a ham you can stay in touch even if it's not an emergency. highdesertranger
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I haven't decided whether I want to get involved with Ham radio or not.  For those of you who might be considering it, there are some quite good beginners threads over on Expedition Portal that are stickies.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/fo...-CB-2M-SAT

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John
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#7
A question for the Ham experienced...

Can a base and/or mobile unit be set to act as a repeater for a hand held portable?

ie....campsite vehicle left with radio in a 'repeater' or 'relay' mode while i'm hiking a mile or so away with a handheld.....bust my ass falling off a rock and need to call for help.
I'm taking care of my procrastination issues;
Just you wait and see.
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#8
Some dual band mobile units have a cross band repeat function. If this feature is important in your application make sure the unit you are considering has this feature. I used to have a dual band Kenwood radio installed in my car. I would access the radio with my handheld on UHF (450 MHz) and it would repeat out on 2meters into our local repeater. Worked great. You have to remember to pause just a moment after you key up before you start talking to give the transmit side a chance to come up to power. Very handy!
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#9
Speed highway has it right. Once you start learning how to do this cross band repeater set up you have a great chance of getting heard and hearing others.

You can also read about the SOTA ham radio folks. Summits on the air is an event where people attempt to communicate in the wilderness over long distance. Get more ideas about light weight yagi antennas.

Finally you should learn about using digital CW modes. You don't have to know morse code. But it helps when trying to use low power communication methods.
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Anyone care to post details on an adequate, capable, affordable radio setup with part/model numbers and other resources for putting together a system?
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