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alaska dennis

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Posted: 05/27/19 04:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Oh Tony try your Delorme SE at about 10 mile Haines highway where there is no gps coverage


Did you mean cell coverage? Never heard of gaps of GPS coverage in driveable Alaska. Plus the Delorme SE uses Iridium network which is suppose to have 100% Earth coverage.

Just trying to understand the limits of the units as while I'm purchasing for Canada/Alaska trip, I plan on using for several years while I travel to other remote locations in North America.

I did mean gps coverage but as far as Iridium sat phone That is the best way to emergency communicate. Then it is the cost per minute when your emergency is not life threatening. In my case I hit a Bison I spent about 40 minutes with AAA setting up a tow. Estimate a sat bill. In my accident I was 20 minutes away from a phone.

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inReach is not a phone. Text only. It uses the iridium network like a sat phone. Charge is per message, not per minute. You can select a plan for a certain number of messages or pay per message. You can set up 3 "preset" messages beforehand and set up contacts for them. InReach does not charge for as many preset messages as you want to send. My "I'm OK" notice is a preset one. I can also set up "call AAA and give them these coordinates" and one of my contacts will do that for me. Last time I checked, AAA would not accept texts for road service requests. Besides, when you have your RV right there you have food and water and such, so not really an emergency. Not a big deal if the tow truck doesn't come until tomorrow. Medical aid can be an emergency; InReach SOS is for life or death stuff.

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I did mean gps coverage but as far as Iridium sat phone


I think you are confusing GPS with other types of services because I've done some checking and GPS will indeed work all over Alaska. I've also used GPS before in some remote places down in the south east. However, service like on-star won't because they are cell based.

In regards to Iridium phone call, it's only about $1.50/minute so that 40 minute call would have only been about $60 which would have been well worth the price considering the option.

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Oh Tony try your Delorme SE at about 10 mile Haines highway where there is no gps coverage


Mine has been well tested as far south as Ushuaia and the rest of South America and up as far as Toktoyoktuk on the Arctic Ocean in Canada, over a fair bit of Alaska and south to southern Mexico, and a lot of Europe including all parts of Iceland and the Delorme always gets through. Cell phones - waaaaayyyy less coverage including no coverage over large areas of mainland USA

The Delorme isn't perfect but its tracking feature means anyone on the list gets updates on your position every 10 minutes, and two way text messaging is possible with any mobile number or email address.
Still, if you always restrict your wanderings to Main Street USA then a cell phone should be OK.


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To Tony's list add the Middle East. I will try southern Africa next year. I am using the Garmin Explorer, it is a great communication device, and a fair GPS mapper.

I have used the same satellite system with transmissions from lease custody units on oil and gas wells in remote areas. Even in woods and deep "hollers" you should get at least a couple of direct passes overhead each day and the message will make it.

Not perfect, but pretty good. You can also consider the various flavors of emergency beacons, but they are only for emergency.

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