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DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger

Postby Squirrel Girl » Feb 27, 2015 9:58 am

Has anyone used one of these or know very much about them?

I'm a little confused between DeLorme's service and Iridium service and how much you need of either/both to do which functions.
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Re: DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger

Postby NZcaver » Feb 28, 2015 6:33 am

I have no personal backcountry experience with either device, but I was chatting with somebody in the know a while back. They recommended the DeLorme using the Iridium network over the Spot tracker using Globalstar. Something about more features/options and superior coverage, at least up here in Alaska.
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Re: DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger

Postby Squirrel Girl » Feb 28, 2015 4:51 pm

NZcaver wrote:I have no personal backcountry experience with either device, but I was chatting with somebody in the know a while back. They recommended the DeLorme using the Iridium network over the Spot tracker using Globalstar. Something about more features/options and superior coverage, at least up here in Alaska.


I knew someone with an ACR PLB (personal locator beacon) and he recommended over the SPOT, too. Then I saw this thing. It let you post to FB while out in the boonies. Not so much that I feel the need to be connected, but I like the idea of sending txts or FB to my family in case I need help that falls short of an all out SAR callout. But I don't want to pay a ton of money or need a lot study to follow the instructions.
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Re: DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger

Postby Rivershredder » Mar 1, 2015 1:12 pm

Satellite messenger devices are considerably less powerful than PLBs and virtually always require an open view of the sky to transmit successfully. The Iridium Network has 100% planetary coverage while the spot covers most major land masses. And the biggest bonus about PLBs is that they don't have a subscription fee every year.
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Re: DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger

Postby NZcaver » Mar 1, 2015 2:58 pm

Here's a fairly comprehensive review comparing several different units - http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Personal- ... on-Reviews
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Re: DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger

Postby Squirrel Girl » Mar 3, 2015 5:12 am

Thanks you guys! I guess I'll get the ACR ResQLink+™ PLB.
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