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    Do You Own A PLB/EPIRB?

    As I'm mostly a MF Alpa shooter, I thought I'd post this question on this forum. I often find myself in locations far from cell coverage and carry a PLB (Personal Locater Beacon) with me for emergencies. My current PLB has passed its expected battery life (5 years) and I either need to buy a new one or have the battery replaced by the manufacturer.

    If anyone feels there is a PLB (or EPIRB) that you bought because it seemed better than most, I'd really appreciate your thoughts. Prices have come down to about $250 ($50/annum for the 5 year battery life), so it may be more worthwhile to jump on 5 year newer technology. Any thoughts or experiences you share would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Do You Own A PLB/EPIRB?

    Quote Originally Posted by rga View Post
    As I'm mostly a MF Alpa shooter, I thought I'd post this question on this forum. I often find myself in locations far from cell coverage and carry a PLB (Personal Locater Beacon) with me for emergencies. My current PLB has passed its expected battery life (5 years) and I either need to buy a new one or have the battery replaced by the manufacturer.

    If anyone feels there is a PLB (or EPIRB) that you bought because it seemed better than most, I'd really appreciate your thoughts. Prices have come down to about $250 ($50/annum for the 5 year battery life), so it may be more worthwhile to jump on 5 year newer technology. Any thoughts or experiences you share would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks all,
    Bob
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    Re: Do You Own A PLB/EPIRB?

    I carry a PLB with me in my "camera bag" - whatever that may be on the day. I think it's really important to separate out the use cases here.

    If you are wanting a distress beacon, for use in emergencies only then go with a GPS equipped PLB. If you want tracking and messaging then one of the other options suggested above may be appropriate. Just don't expect one of the latter to do the job of a dedicated PLB.

    This site is the Australian regulator. If you are an Australian user then you have to register your beacon with AMSA. The reason I give the link is that they often have info on recalls and other interesting stuff about beacons.

    I have a GME MT410G, in fact I have 3 of them. I like them a lot and they are easy to throw into a bag, or into a seat pocket or to hang around your neck.
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    Re: Do You Own A PLB/EPIRB?

    I've just come across this thread from a while ago when looking for something else.

    I have/had an EPIRB on my boat. Too big to hand carry but installed near the companionway in case we hit trouble. I also have four PLB's which I insisted that everyone on baord wear at night and/or in bad weather. It's one thing to do a man overboard drill in calm weather and warm water. It's quite a different thing to have to get someone back on board in rough weather/strong winds and I'm glad never to have needed to try. I bought them after talking to someone whose life had been saved when he triggered the PLB after the keel of his boat fell off.

    I also have a DeLorme InReach which I can use as a tracker eg in Antarctica or when sailing off-shore. My daughter also took it when hiking on her own in northern Sweden. It enables short text messages e.g "Weather bad but all safe".

    My inclination if hiking off the beaten track with a camera would be to take the DeLorme. An SOS message would be routed by DeLorme to your nominated contacts. A PLB would certainly connect to maritime search and rescue but I am not sure how it would work on land. It might be fine but it is really only for SOS puposes so if buying one coverage would need to be checked and confirmed for the territory that you are visiting.

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