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Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby plummet » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:40 pm

Hey men,

I'm thinking of getting a plb for remote solo kitesurf sessions and for mountain bike rides in the whop whops.

What's your recommendations.

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby alamos_kiter » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:38 pm

I'm not playing in that league, but if you are really stuffed, you might want to try this:

http://www.breitling.com/en/models/prof ... emergency/

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby plummet » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:44 pm

alamos_kiter wrote:I'm not playing in that league, but if you are really stuffed, you might want to try this:

http://www.breitling.com/en/models/prof ... emergency/
That looks ideal. But at the same time insanely expensive. Any idea on cost? I'd be looking to spend $300 ish.

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby slim_charles » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:30 pm

plummet wrote: What's your recommendations.
For a cheap option, get Toby to implement some kind of algorithm into KF that if it fails to recognise any new posts starting with 'so....' or containing such words as 'smashed', 'sweeeeeet', 'punted' etc over a certain time period it will automatically alert search and rescue.

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby alamos_kiter » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:32 pm

plummet, I'd give the SAR services in your neck of the woods a shout what frequencies they use, as you want to combine land & sea. Then look for devices.

Edit: this guy from OZ got on the phone with the SAR guys and reports his findings:

http://golddetecting.4umer.net/t7204-pe ... ush-safety

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby Bille » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:16 pm

SPOT locator :
http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=120

*We use them to find HG & PG pilots , (when your the driver chasing them).
**I bin in HG X-country competition , where the results are posted using this devise
that's on every competitor in the comp.
***They got locators that Ya can stuff in your bag ; track the f***-head who stole it.
**** Emergency response that does NOT depend on a cell-tower ; This thing
leaves a cookie every 15-min on a Google map, so loved ones can find you.
***** And there is an OH-SHIT button you can push ; the Coast-Guard will come find YA !!

Not that bad of a price ; and yearly activation ain't that bad either .

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby corbett » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:56 pm

I have a McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB which is the same as the 220, just in a more rugged looking case IIRC.

They will have all my details when activated. Absolutely all relevant information.(please send prince William for example)

It was free to register here in Britain and I have my certificate and sticker to confirm it was registered.

I went against Spot because it was a private company who gets your distress signal. PLB in Britain goes to the UKMCC and co-located Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

As far as I was aware, you couldn't register a PLB in NZ or Aus.

Certainly, as more and more snowkiters find themselves flying alone, it could be a vital gadget.

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby nick14 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:07 am

I use a rescueME. It's the smallest on the market (they say).
http://www.chsmith.com.au/Products/rescueME-PLB1.html

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby William Munney » Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:42 pm

Spot has some nice convenience features but has some significant limitations compared to true EPIRBs. This is a good thread:

http://www.tidalfish.com/forums/showthr ... -ACR-EPIRB

see the post by hookinfinger regarding the power output and frequency comparison, as well as the comparison between GEOS monitoring and the official multinational search and rescue network.

see also:

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Personal- ... ing-Advice

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Re: Epirb/plb What do you use

Postby flyingweasel » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:31 pm

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