|10-28-2011 08:51 PM|
It has pre set custom messages that you set online, mine our
To friends/ family: I am okay/ on course
To friends/ family: I am offcourse but am OK
To friends/ family: I need your help at my coord.
And then the SAR button
|10-28-2011 08:39 PM|
|Sparkplugg||Yeah. I don't know a lot about spot. That's why I only said I think you can send one. But still, three signals but no custom message, right?|
|10-28-2011 08:19 PM|
|10-28-2011 08:12 PM|
Yes. This sounds like the 2 meter band which is mostly used for local communication. In the ham world local means 100 miles or so as some bands allow worldwide communication. There are 2 meter repeaters everywhere and some have connection to a telephone line. You will probably only be able to make local or 911 calls though. I think there are few places where I am unable to somehow make contact on my radio.
The Spot requires a subscription and I think you can only press a button to send a distress signal. So if you are out of gas and need help, you dispatch a SAR team. There is no comparison to a CB.
You have take a test to become licensed. It is easy now. The initial license level gives you access to the 2 meter band.
Total cost for a setup can easily be done for less than $200.
Try checking into the communications forum.
|10-28-2011 06:52 PM|
Heh Heh, it's got an Airzone tent and it's been thru two 4x4s (5 yrs) and
I have used it as a base camp trailer and a one nighter, every where-
I'm more than happy withit and I've turned it around by hand/Hilift/winch/snatch block on tree--
It's pretty versatile-and I can't see any reason to changeit !
It stays inside, when its not on a trek !
|10-28-2011 05:47 PM|
Does it two well in OFF-ROAD conditions?
|10-28-2011 05:05 PM|
|jkaufman_95||The spot is affordable. $150 for the unit, $110 a year for service not bad IMO|
|10-28-2011 04:52 PM|
I've got one-
Nothing actually better than a SPOT issue/month-rent/buy
|10-28-2011 04:46 PM|
If it's emergency only I would just get a SPOT emergency locator like I carry
|10-28-2011 04:45 PM|
Years ago, a National Geographic Photographer friend (who is also a ham radio operator) told me that there is a radio band that is ideal for emergency use in the American Southwest.
Requires a radio license and a special radio which is easy to mount in a Jeep. However, the advantage was that most mountains in the Southwest had a repeater station so one could get emergency messages out and the radio could be patched into a phone.
Does anyone know anything about this? Is it true? Costs, requirements, and effectiveness?