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There was a thread talking about locators\gps and sat phones in stead of cellular here somewhere.
Any help would be appreciated, just spent 2 hrs :rolleyes:.
And Yes I have a ham lic. Thanx cb
 
Fuck Globalstar. Haha that's my contribution. Iridium is mega money though. We use an inreach 90 percent of the time on the boat for easy texting. Zoleo is also a good texting option.Can't wait for portable star link next year.

Btw we use it on a tuna troller ,so like obviously 100+ miles from shore I don't understand how we get dropped calls and less than dial up speed internet either with an unobstructed view. Did I say fuck Globalstar yet :lmao:
 
I meant to say...
A man pays for a product, a professional tradesman.
And chimerica has him here bitchin about their product!
Fubar
I get effin shitty comms due to weather/atmosphere and all.
 
Yes sir!
I was ducking the "get a baoufukinggarbage" post!:flipoff2:
Gotz a reco?
 
The Inreach has pretty much taken over for most people I believe. $300 device and then $15/month service plan for minimal texting, something like $0.10 or $0.50 per message if you go over. Texting and SOS only.

This is the case for most backcountry stuff, even being dropped off by bush pilots in Alaska. I also prefer the solitude of being out of cell range and don’t really want to be on the phone to “check in”. Is preferable for me to text “All ok, love you,” and get “Thanks, love you too,” back from my wife than making a call and hearing about what the kids ate for dinner. The primary reason I wanted communication over a PLB was for them to be able to get ahold of me if they needed to. Buddy’s wife had a stroke which made me think about how shitty a situation that would be to walk into after being in the woods for a week. Not sure how a sat phone works for that if you keep it off.

There was an Expedition Overland episode where they removed a tumor from a girl and rang somebody in the states for a medical consult. They pointed out how a sat phone was superior to texting in that circumstance, but those cases are pretty few and far between IMO.
 
X2 on the InReach. I've looked at the trade off between a Sat phone and the InReach since it came out and for all of my backcountry use, the InReach wins hands down every time. I change the plan between 10 texts a month to unlimited when I'm out all the time. Use it in BFE ID, MT and AK just about every weekend between April through November. Many of the places I use it only get a sattelite for a few minutes due to the terrain. Because of that, I went with the InReach to get and receive a message in a short window. It can also be used as a PLB in an emergency situation.
 
Thanx guys, in reach is really more to our needs.
Aint no way princess needs to call her facefukk freinds on the trail but if old George stumbles and breaks a leg we could hit up a chopper...
Looked at a spot x (sorta like a sat hotspot ) makes cell work but then you gotta connect bluetooth and shit.
Seems dumb!
 
The Inreach has pretty much taken over for most people I believe. $300 device and then $15/month service plan for minimal texting, something like $0.10 or $0.50 per message if you go over. Texting and SOS only.

This is the case for most backcountry stuff, even being dropped off by bush pilots in Alaska. I also prefer the solitude of being out of cell range and don’t really want to be on the phone to “check in”. Is preferable for me to text “All ok, love you,” and get “Thanks, love you too,” back from my wife than making a call and hearing about what the kids ate for dinner. The primary reason I wanted communication over a PLB was for them to be able to get ahold of me if they needed to. Buddy’s wife had a stroke which made me think about how shitty a situation that would be to walk into after being in the woods for a week. Not sure how a sat phone works for that if you keep it off.

There was an Expedition Overland episode where they removed a tumor from a girl and rang somebody in the states for a medical consult. They pointed out how a sat phone was superior to texting in that circumstance, but those cases are pretty few and far between IMO.

Another vote for in reach. I like the capability for comms in non emergency situations - i.e. rig break something important and it can't be fixed - really don't need a full sar response, but do need someone to bring parts or whatever. Or something like food poisoning or severe sprain where you really don't want to try and get out on your own but don't need the helicopter ride.
 
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I also like the localized weather reports the inreach offers. Gives me sea state, swell direction, winds and visibility at my location.. much more accurate than the broad environment forecasts from noaa, or other similar forecasts. for the price it's comparable to the 2000 $ plus a month programs other boats run included in the unlimited package for 60 a month
 
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