|04-27-2012, 03:38 PM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Queen City NC
Personal Locator Beacon Recommendations
Seeking an alternative to the SPOT family of devices.
Coontinental USA and possibly Alaska usage.
Suggestions, recommendations, what NOT to buy?
So many bikes, so little money
|04-27-2012, 04:50 PM||#2|
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: SoCal USA
New desert racing frontiers
It will be Diabolical!
|05-22-2012, 02:40 PM||#3|
Joined: May 2005
I am not going to recommend any specific unit, but just wanted to say that the SPOT is not a "real" PLB. It's a satellite messenger utilizing the GlobalStar satellite phone system. It can send emergency and non-emergency messages, but it has a subscription service fee. The PLBs are free from fees, but relay only emergency messages. PLBs use lower transmission frequency than the SPOT and therefore they work more reliable under dense tree canopy.
All current PLBs use the 406 MHz signal. Do not buy old 121.5/242MHz only units (like EPIRB Class B) other obsolete types (see list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distress_radiobeacon). They are not anymore tracked by the satellites.
Get a unit with GPS receiver. They provide you location to satellites and speed up the rescue. Some cheaper PLB units don't have satnav.
Get one with manual activation. Some Maritime PLBs (EPIRBs Cat I) are activated automatically by immersion in water.
Remember to register your unit!
If you are thinking outside the box,
its better to know the box first.
|05-23-2012, 03:05 AM||#4|
Joined: Jan 2006
No matter what you use, your still at the mercy of the rescue infrastructure that's in place, no matter where your at in the world.
Have you considered renting a Satellite phone?
YouTube has allot of SPOT and PLB reviews: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=spot+vs+plb&oq=spot+vs+plb&aq =f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=youtube-
dlh62c screwed with this post 05-23-2012 at 04:55 AM
|05-23-2012, 08:17 AM||#5|
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Arkansas USA
I'm looking at the InReach myself.
The ability to text 2 way instead of just sending an SOS or even a pre-canned message is the better idea to me.
We spent several hours on 8 miles of trail Saturday where I did have to go after help, actually called Search and Rescue, our guys made it out on their own after myself and the EMT's and others on quads headed in. Could have saved several hours of man power looking for them.
The EMT's radios was hit and miss in those bottoms and Cell phones did not work either.
Google Earth GPS Howto (still a work in progress) use USGS TOPO Maps to layout trails.
The Early Bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
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