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12/28/16 1:09 P

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I still have not bought the SPOT but still am considering it. Just for that sense of assurance



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ELIZABETH_78's Photo ELIZABETH_78 Posts: 155
12/27/16 5:46 P

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I go hiking 2-3x a month, usually alone and in places where there is no cell phone service. For Christmas, my husband just bought me a Delorme inReach and my daughter is paying the small monthly fee. We also go to Death Valley and remote places for days on end where there is no cell reception. The plan we set up allows 10 text messages a month so you can let someone know if running late or details if there is an issue. It also has an SOS button so you can alert for help if needed. You can text anyone you choose and they can then respond back. For a small fee, you can also set up tracking on a map where others can see and have it record your location periodically (from 10min to every few hrs). Each tracking point is $.10 I believe it said. I just set it up last night and am excited to try it out! Does anyone have experience using this? Any tips or pointers?

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2/10/15 1:06 P

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The SPOT's capability to send an "All Okay" message is worth the annual fee to my husband. Then he doesn't worry about me (too much).

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2/10/15 12:44 P

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The way I think about it is "what if" you need it that one time? That one time could save your life and to me and my husband, we think that's a small price to pay.

Our rescueME PLB1 by oceansignal came yesterday. It's very small so that's convenient (30% smaller than the typical PLB). No annual fee and the battery is good for 7 years. It's waterproof and has a flotation pouch. It'll be perfect to take on hikes and when out in our kayak.


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2/10/15 11:01 A

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I want a Spot.. But I don't get out enough to warrant a fee for using it. I used it once - borrowed it from Camp and it gave a sense of security. I liked that feeling. So paying for something that I don't really need or might not use often... In exchange for peace of mind... I am thinking about it.... After all I pay life insurgence which I will never get back because I have to be dead ...



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Not sure if we want to buy a beacon that entails an annual fee. Anyone know of the Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB 1?


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1/31/15 5:42 P

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I usually go out for a couple of weeks each summer on a solo trip hiking in the backcountry, and well beyond cell phone range.

A beacon is pretty much essential for these kind of trips, and I use a Spot Messenger. It has an annual monitoring fee, but has the advantage of allowing me to send back my daily location, which makes the home crew feel considerably more relaxed.

Others see advantages in the single use emergency type beacons, which are cheaper to operate.

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1/30/15 10:22 P

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I have a SPOT unit. I believe it is the newer model, which is supposed to be more reliable than the older model. All I can say is that it has worked the several times I used it to send an "Everything Okay" message to my husband, and it correctly identified the coordinates in the message. I have never used it for an emergency.

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1/30/15 1:08 P

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I've never heard of them but it seems like a good idea - I hope someone will reply!!

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My husband and I are planning our first hike of the year. It's been several years since we hiked (our son was with us then). Does anyone own a personal locator beacon (PLB) and if so, what brand did you buy? We are looking at the PLB's with built-in GPS. They aren't cheap so I'm interested in one that is very dependable and of great quality.



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