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post #1 of 33 Unread July 31st, 2019, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Emergency communication

What is every one using for emergency communication when there is no cell service? I am looking at a Garmin Explorer. Was thinking of a Sat phone as well.
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Spot X. Costs approx. $250.00 and $140.00 a year for the emergency service.
We go waaaay out in the desert, sometimes alone.
Hope like hell I never have to use it.
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Spot X. Costs approx. $250.00 and $140.00 a year for the emergency service.
We go waaaay out in the desert, sometimes alone.
Hope like hell I never have to use it.
Yes, what he said. Spot or something similar.

Spending money I don't have on things I don't need to impress people I don't know.
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I use SPOT $120.00 a year and I hope to never use it.
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I hope I never have to use it as well! Was out about 10 miles out in the desert and a guy on a bike had a flat. Lucky I stopped by, strapped the bike on the Rzr and got him back to his truck. If i use it, i want it to help some one else!
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I hope I never have to use it as well! Was out about 10 miles out in the desert and a guy on a bike had a flat. Lucky I stopped by, strapped the bike on the Rzr and got him back to his truck. If i use it, i want it to help some one else!
I had to do the same thing. These people go out there unprepared. Sigh.
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We ended up purchasing a Garman InReach after looking at the Spot and researching the various options available. There are some great reviews available on each unit including a detailed explanation for each of the three Garman units. One gentleman in particular wrote an excellent review. For our money the Garman was a better way to go based on the continuing cost of the service, ability to suspend the service when not required and the ability to link to your phone for text entries. The Spot up front costs are lower, but it lack a friendly user interface. Satellite phones are very expensive in comparison. Hope this helps. Jeff
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The Spot up front costs are lower, but it lack a friendly user interface.
This is so true. The Spot is not that easy to use, so you need to have a 10 year old handy to explain it.
AFAIK both units work with text messaging, no phone capabilities. I have a few family and friends on my contact list and will have to depend on them to initiate a rescue or tow, or services, and I believe both have an "SOS" feature which automatically calls out the Marines for a medical emergency.
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Thank you all for the input!
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Re: Emergency communication

Spot. Like this. All you want to see you can. In an emergency press the SOS button. You can fly with it, boat, travel and have friends follow you, etc....

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/...WO25eB0VkBu5Iv
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InReach for me.

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Re: Emergency communication

Ditto- INREACH Explorer- you text with it instead of the basic messages
you pre-set in the spot.. Had the both and the spot is the not up to par with what the Inreach can provide. Communication for the particular emergency is what sold me, and is paramount!
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I looked at both spot and inReach. The inReach is way more user friendly and a little more dependable. I love the inReach.
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Re: Emergency communication

I feel like this may depend on what area you are traveling to. For less than $100 you can get a reliable portable HAM radio setup. This requires no subscription obviously, but you can contact emergency services and speak directly to a person. For example, if you are traveling to WV to ride Hatfield, just look up the frequencies used by the local emergency services and pre-program them into the radio. If an emergency should arise, you have now cut out the middle man and are communicating directly with the people coming to help you. Just my 2cents.
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