GPS Tracker / EPIRB options?

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GPS Tracker / EPIRB options?

Postby RonK » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:31 pm

No, I'll be keeping the genuine Delorme Inreach that I already have instead of upgrading as I was considering.

The Delorme product works faultlessly.
Once Garmin get involved it'll be all downhill, but they can do what they like, it won't bother me.
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Re: GPS Tracker / EPIRB options?

Postby rifraf » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:48 pm

RonK wrote:No, I'll be keeping the genuine Delorme Inreach that I already have instead of upgrading as I was considering.


It appears de rigueur to leave off buying garmin products until updates have sorted out teething issues, sometimes around a year after release. :shock:

A surprising result that they have so much market share despite the obvious anger, frustration and disappointment their cycling products generate at times upon release.

An uprated iNreach isn't something you want to act up like the Edge 1000 was widely reported to do for so long.
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Re: GPS Tracker / EPIRB options?

Postby rifraf » Wed May 18, 2016 1:10 pm

For the Inreach folk, I spotted a comment/link on another forum suggesting a "new" (?) weather feature.....

"FYI - you can now download weather forecasts for your location via InReach. (http://www.inreachcanada.com/inreach-we ... b-50055593)"

Curtesy of Vicb at http://forums.mtbr.com/bikepacking-bike ... st12640000
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Re: GPS Tracker / EPIRB options?

Postby rifraf » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:29 pm

My RESQLINK+ battery registration is about to expire so I need to look for a replacement.

I'm unsure what direction I'll take.

I am interested in thoughts. opinions on what people think works and why so please consider offering your pearls of wisdom.

I think my unit must be 3 years old which if memory serves, is how long the registration lasts.

I imagine some new technologies have been developed given some time has passed and possibly some evolution occurred in PLBS.

The RESQLINK+ had most of the good press when I bought it based on my needs at the time.

I look forward to hearing about whats new, if anything and why it might be better than the RESQLINK+
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Postby Aushiker » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:35 pm

If you are interested a Spot Messenger check out the prices at Mountain Designs. It was down to about $145 I think, BUT you have to pay for a subscription.

In terms of EPIRBs check out http://bushwalk.com/ forums for some fairly current discussions.
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Postby RonK » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:56 pm

rifraf wrote:I think my unit must be 3 years old which if memory serves, is how long the registration lasts.

No need to rely on memory - the expiry date is marked on the back.

According to the web site the battery life of the ACR ResQLink + is 6 years, not three. And when it expires there are Australian service centres which can replace the battery and retest the unit.

Other than a PLB, the Delorme Inreach is still the better option. Delorme is now owned by Garmin, but there are pre-Garmin Delorme Inreach unit on eBay for around $300. You do need an account, but it can be suspended for a small monthly amount when you are not using it.

But unless you are actually going to use an Inreach regularly your are probably better off sticking with your PLB.
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Re: GPS Tracker / EPIRB options?

Postby rifraf » Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:19 pm

RonK wrote:
rifraf wrote:I think my unit must be 3 years old which if memory serves, is how long the registration lasts.

No need to rely on memory - the expiry date is marked on the back.

According to the web site the battery life of the ACR ResQLink + is 6 years, not three. And when it expires there are Australian service centres which can replace the battery and retest the unit.

Other than a PLB, the Delorme Inreach is still the better option. Delorme is now owned by Garmin, but there are pre-Garmin Delorme Inreach unit on eBay for around $300. You do need an account, but it can be suspended for a small monthly amount when you are not using it.

But unless you are actually going to use an Inreach regularly your are probably better off sticking with your PLB.


Just checked and your right.
There is a sticker on the back with a Registration expiry date of 18 Jan.
A harder look unearths a stamp next to the sticker with a battery expiry of 02/2018.

I seem to remember talk on bush walk suggesting buying new being the better option than getting refurb.
Pretty sure I confirmed this route by pricing battery replacement at the service centre at the time.

At this point (early days), a RSQLINK+ or inReach are on the table though I guess I've lots of reading ahead of me.

I've been a bit slack keeping on top of this. :oops:
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