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Re: Portable rescue devices

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:04 pm

Yes, but still not receive - so you can't be sure that your "emergency" transmission was actually received.

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Re: Portable rescue devices

Postby Betsy M on Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:59 pm

There is a new SPOT device which appears to be able to send 41-character messages when synched with your smartphone:

http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=116

Granted, this does not allow you to receive messages. But one positive thing about the SPOT is you can customize the outgoing message. And you have a choice of SOS and custom message via email, to the people you designate. I have mine set up to be able to send a message that I am delayed but do not need assistance.
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Portable rescue devices

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:42 pm

Many folks are aware of two different rescue locator devices currently available: PLB beacon & SPOT messenger. Both have advantages/disadvantages (notably PLB is costlier and heavier but more reliable) but neither can send and receive arbitrary messages, only a location and (possibly) canned text. FYI a future alternative was announced today which would allow_text_messaging_in_both_directions via satellite, a Delorme InReach with basic subscription of $10/month - see http://blog.delorme.com/2011/06/03/delo ... unication/

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