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Old 08-26-2015, 05:30 AM   #1
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Satellite Phone anyone?

Wondering if any of you would recommend a satellite phone for emergency use in the remote areas of Alaska? If so, what experiences have you had with them and any advice for someone considering/researching the subject.

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Old 08-26-2015, 07:32 AM   #2
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They work, need a good sight line of the sky. Globalstar had a bad name years ago, but not sure if that is still true. They never worked south of of Iridium was what we were issued when overseas and in places where cell phones were not feasible.
But I base this info on history over 10 years ago.

But I understand your worries, since I'm single and hike a lot with and without the dogs, I carry a Personal locator beacon (aka Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon EPIRB).

Simple device, costs about 275, one time fee. Register with NOAA for free; but actually not required. They will work in places a SPOT location will not work, but a SPOT is better than nothing.

When working with the SAR, if asked, they would recommend a PLB over a SPOT, but again, that was quite a few years ago now.

It send out a a satellite signal, but also has a homing beacon and flashing LED light. Sat signal gives GPS, low level is used by most SAR units for pinpointing a person. Be surprised how far people can move away from the first signal with GPS, and in the dark hard to find so the homing beacon helps, along with the bright flashing LED.

I believe they even offer some non-emergency tracking features like SPOT, but never opted for that service.

Battery is good for about five years, then can be replaced, or just a new unit purchased.

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Old 09-01-2015, 07:29 PM   #3
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I hunt in some remote places and always have one with me. I have an iridium 9555 and have had very few times I could not connect. I actually had it in Russia a few weeks ago and thought I would have an issue with some of the valleys we were in but I didn't. I am not up on some other things available but I hear they are very reliable. Company I deal with is Explorer Satilite in ft Lauderdale. Depends on your needs but they rent them out so no need to buy one.
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