PLBs. Anyone carry one?
Posted 02 May 2007 - 09:05 PM
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Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:07 AM
I bet it would work. Is your EPIRB a 406 mhz unit? Do you have to register your EPIRB with NOAA? Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)The signal info gets sent to the Mission Control Center (MCC) just like a PLB signal.See How does an EPIRB work? (.pdf file)I've seen on the Versus TV hunting show where Tred Barta left his PLB on (showing it off to the viewers) and forgot about it (dummy). Later when he was back down off the mountain, the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flew right up to the boat dock and dropped them a hand held two-way radio to see what was going on. I don't know if it was true or just for show. I just saw the tail end of that show.Other than the show, I do know that those PLBs (if personally owned) are registered to the owner and the MCC will call your home phone if they get a signal (with digital ID number) from your PLB. If you don't answer, then they will decided who the best rescue resource is and send them looking for you.
I sort of have one. I have a personal EPIRB for my boat. Yes, it was expensive, but I wouldn't go offshore without it. Since it is registered, the second I hit the water, or hit the button, I can have coast guard to my location in minutes usually. Heck, I am sure that if I needed it hiunting I could take it. The CG would probably just scratch their heads for a few minutes before sending for help, LOL.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 08:25 AM
Posted 04 May 2007 - 09:37 AM
No body cares if you're lost. You only get to use the PLB if it's an emergency. Moses wouldn't even have been allowed to use one. Well, unless the snake bit him.
Don't need one. I don't plan on getting lost. It'll never happen to me.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 09:59 AM
They'd just say that just Jeph and he's always lost. We'll go look for him after lunch.
The CG would probably just scratch their heads for a few minutes before sending for help, LOL.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 10:04 AM
Posted 04 May 2007 - 10:04 AM
I've considered this myself and I understand what you mean. I don't get out as far as I would like to as often as I would like to. Is it worth the money spent on something I hopefully never need? I'm a pretty well prepared person. I can survive (so I think?). But I have been in a lot of places while still in my vehicle where I didn't have a cell phone signal or anyone around to send or call for help. If I was involved in a vehicle accident and had (or someone else had) life threatening injuries, I'd use it to summon help if I was in a remote area. I could see where folks that live or play in desert areas in the summer time could use one if their ride breaks down and they start to bake. I think that one motivating thing for me to justify buying one is, if I'm not carrying it with me for myself on some hike, then I most likely would have it with me on family outings. I've been watching the prices of the units drop over the last couple of years. That kind of helps me say, "It's better to have it and not need it , than to need it and not have it."
I don't go far enough into anything to need one.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 10:14 AM
Wow! That is cool! Sound like you do have the new personal 406mhz unit. If I were going out backcountry, I'd take it with me.
Dude I'm always lost!!Yes, I do believe it's a 406mhz. Not sure though, I know that I got rid of my older unit since NOAA and the Coast Guard were phasing them out. I registered it with NOAA and did a test on the unit. They called in literally seconds. Pretty cool.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:30 PM
I think you would also have to be out of food & water for a little while also. Unless you want to pay a big SAR bill for faking it.
Being lost doesn't qualify as an emergency?
Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:33 AM
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