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Posted: 1/20/2008 2:59:57 PM EDT
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During the summer I do a lot of solo backpacking, which worries my family greatly.  I've been thinking of getting one of these in order to give them (and myself) some peace of mind.  Does anyone have any experience with such a device?  It's endorsed by Les Stroud so that means that it must be good
Link Posted: 1/20/2008 3:54:50 PM EDT
[#1]
Looks good, accept for the $99 a year for service.  
Link Posted: 1/20/2008 6:36:15 PM EDT
[#2]


How about an EPRIB or PLB?

PLB FAQ



There are three types of distress radiobeacons compatible with the Cospas-Sarsat system:[1]

   * EPIRBs (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons) signal maritime distress,
   * ELTs (Emergency Locator Transmitters) signal aircraft distress
   * PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) are for personal use and are intended to indicate a person in distress who is away from normal emergency services, e.g., 9-1-1.



Link Posted: 1/20/2008 6:47:08 PM EDT
[#3]
I like the non-emergency "check in" locator feature of the SPOT, do other PLBs have that?
Link Posted: 1/20/2008 8:50:02 PM EDT
[#4]
More info on the SPOT.

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Link Posted: 1/20/2008 8:58:31 PM EDT
[#5]
that spot thing is pretty neat. especially with the check in and search and rescue insurance. hell if its worth $100 a year or $150 depending on what you want i say go for it.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 5:31:08 AM EDT
[#6]
I'm not an expert or anything, but you could get a hundred dollar 2 meter radio and if in emergency, get on and start using 4 letter call signs....
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 5:46:36 AM EDT
[#7]
It looks like the great product we have been waiting for.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:50:38 AM EDT
[#8]

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I'm not an expert or anything, but you could get a hundred dollar 2 meter radio and if in emergency, get on and start using 4 letter call signs....

Unless you're in the middle of nowhere without any repeaters within range. I was just looking at this a week or so ago.

Had a friend that sailed to Spain last year and this would've been nice for him. Of course we did maintain contact through the Maritime Mobile Net but the info was often relayed and not always accurate.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:08:46 AM EDT
[#9]
That might be nice during hurricane season.  I could let our family know we are OK.

Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:54:07 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/21/2008 8:05:16 AM EDT
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Looks good, accept for the $99 a year for service.  
99 bucks is cheap for one year. Thats only $8.25 a month. Cell phone service costs alot more than that.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 2:53:32 PM EDT
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Looks good, accept for the $99 a year for service.  
99 bucks is cheap for one year. Thats only $8.25 a month. Cell phone service costs alot more than that.

yeah, but when you add 8.25/month for SPOT, to the 80/month cell phone, then 30-100/month cable, 35/month internet, etc.....
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:03:17 AM EDT
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Looks good, accept for the $99 a year for service.  
99 bucks is cheap for one year. Thats only $8.25 a month. Cell phone service costs alot more than that.

yeah, but when you add 8.25/month for SPOT, to the 80/month cell phone, then 30-100/month cable, 35/month internet, etc.....


Time to start trimming those expenses
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 2:43:07 PM EDT
[#14]
I don't have all those
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