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Old 05-03-2018, 10:07 AM   #31
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Grant, thanx for the research. My $.02.
Iridium systems such as Inreach cost more but allow 2 way comm and tracking.
The Spot investment is less, has only one way comm but you can program up to 3 messages + the dedicated SOS button. We used a Spot during my recent Mexican 1000 race. It worked flawlessly for tracking and for notifying us when our rider had a mechanical issue. Many racers used Spot devices.
A PLB has no subscription costs but only has one button-SOS and no tracking feature.
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Old 05-03-2018, 02:39 PM   #32
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The new Garmin Inreach Mini looks really interesting.
https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/05/...th-review.html
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:46 PM   #33
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... Lots of good stuff ...

He also came with the option of a HAM radio ... and suggested that as another option, but I am not sure that would work because HAM radio operators are somewhat a dying breed and require specific repeater dialing to work, and then hope someone is listening.

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FWIW, the Ham option means that before you go on your trip you research what channels / repeaters there are on your intended route and either program your radio for that or keep a list so you can dial in what you want when you need it. To a Ham, this is just part of what you do to use your tools. Like that crazy business motorcyclists do about tire pressure and chain hygiene.

But yeah, it means you have to be a double-nerd: moto and radio.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:01 AM   #34
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I've had the SPOT Trace for just over a year, summary: TOTAL POS.

90's software mixed with new-age technologies = failure.

All sensors and notifications (especially low batteries) will never be received, and are random as an epileptics seizures!

This company told me after a theft that, "gee, sorry the batteries died and somehow it did not send the low battery warning the 5 days prior to the theft as we see on the logs -- too bad so sad."

Save your money, their raising the rates and lowering the services actual realities to what they promise are an ever-widening dichotomy!

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Old 06-22-2020, 05:52 AM   #35
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I've been researching these since I've been looking to buy my first one later this year. In reach and theres another company out of Canada that's a green device that might even be better that I'm looking at closely. Spot looks behind
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