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Old 10-17-2020, 11:26 PM   #1
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My dad is in his 70ís and still likes to go hunt out in the National Forest by himself. We use climbing stands in several places that have little to no cellular service. There are also some places we can go that emergency responders will NOT find unless one of us show them the way.

I have thought about a personal distress beacon that he can take with him in his hunting pack. That way, if he gets lost, hurt, etc., he can activate it and get help ASAP.

Do any of you guys have any experience with any brands? Iím thinking ease of use, reliability, and cost effectiveness. Iíd like to find one that would connect to a satellite and not have to use cellular services.

Iím open to the pros and cons of anything you got. Thanks in advance.


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Old 10-18-2020, 12:25 AM   #2
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My dad is in his 70ís and still likes to go hunt out in the National Forest by himself. We use climbing stands in several places that have little to no cellular service. There are also some places we can go that emergency responders will NOT find unless one of us show them the way.

I have thought about a personal distress beacon that he can take with him in his hunting pack. That way, if he gets lost, hurt, etc., he can activate it and get help ASAP.

Do any of you guys have any experience with any brands? Iím thinking ease of use, reliability, and cost effectiveness. Iíd like to find one that would connect to a satellite and not have to use cellular services.

Iím open to the pros and cons of anything you got. Thanks in advance.


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The company I used to work for used the SPOT for lone workers out in West Texas. It seemed pretty good to me. We never had any issues. There maybe some better ones out there.

https://www.findmespot.com/en-us/products-services
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:36 AM   #3
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https://www.findmespot.com/en-us/pro...#service-plans

Check out the Flex plan. Could just use it during deer season.
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Old 10-18-2020, 05:33 AM   #4
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I use a Garmin InReach, might be more than what you’re looking for.
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:03 AM   #5
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The company I used to work for used the SPOT for lone workers out in West Texas. It seemed pretty good to me. We never had any issues. There maybe some better ones out there.

https://www.findmespot.com/en-us/products-services
I had seen a few people on my Appalachian Trail and John Muir Trail hikes with SPOT. Seems like that is the ďname brandĒ go to.
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:09 AM   #6
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Had to do a double take. Thought the title said personal distress bacon
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:10 AM   #7
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Thanks for the information, gents. I appreciate it!


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Old 10-18-2020, 06:11 AM   #8
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Had to do a double take. Thought the title said personal distress bacon

Ya know, the autocorrect on my phone did try to make it say bacon more than once.

I wonder if there could be a market for that?


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Old 10-18-2020, 06:16 AM   #9
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No sweat.... also, your old man kinda sounds like THE MAN to be honest.
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:47 AM   #10
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Inreach has a feature that once turned on will send a location ping every ten minutes creating a "bread-crumb" type trail. The trial is viewable on their mapping app by people having permission. This would be a neat and useful feature in addition to the satellite texting along with the emergency beacon feature on the device.

Your dad is living the life I hope to live if & when I get to that age.
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:47 AM   #11
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Ya know, the autocorrect on my phone did try to make it say bacon more than once.

I wonder if there could be a market for that?


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Old 10-18-2020, 06:49 AM   #12
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Had to do a double take. Thought the title said personal distress bacon
Isnít that jerky?
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:25 AM   #13
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Spot is easy to use.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:45 AM   #14
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Great idea! He needs to keep it in his pocket in case he falls out of the tree with his pack still in the tree. I think about that with my cell phone. It will do no good still up in the tree.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:45 PM   #15
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No sweat.... also, your old man kinda sounds like THE MAN to be honest.

He is a Vietnam Navy Vet... He was in his welding rig when he was hit by a train back in the 80ís. It broke his neck at his 5-6 vertebrae. His X-ray looks like bailing wire around his neck. He will work any of us into the ground. I tease him and say he only has about 3 or 4 of his 9 lives remaining.


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Old 10-18-2020, 01:47 PM   #16
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Great idea! He needs to keep it in his pocket in case he falls out of the tree with his pack still in the tree. I think about that with my cell phone. It will do no good still up in the tree.

Very true statement. I figure this way, I can have some peace of mind about him going out in the woods without seeming like Iím trying to restrict him in anyway. He is uber independent and I do NOT want to seem like Iím trying to take that away from him.


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Old 10-18-2020, 01:49 PM   #17
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Inreach has a feature that once turned on will send a location ping every ten minutes creating a "bread-crumb" type trail. The trial is viewable on their mapping app by people having permission. This would be a neat and useful feature in addition to the satellite texting along with the emergency beacon feature on the device.

Your dad is living the life I hope to live if & when I get to that age.

Will it alert rescue/authorities as well, or just give the location?


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Old 10-19-2020, 09:55 PM   #18
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Will it alert rescue/authorities as well, or just give the location?


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Here is a link to a good review on its features.
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:13 PM   #19
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Iíve heard zoleo is the real deal. Used by several buddies that hunt way off the grid and allows txt messages.


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Old 10-20-2020, 07:10 AM   #20
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I used the inreach mini on my Colorado solo hunt this year. It is small ( attach to my belt ) you have a SOS button to push for emergencies, you can text with it and like someone said you can leave a trail that people can follow if you are unable to push the button. Not he easiest thing to use but not bad.
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Old 10-20-2020, 09:30 AM   #21
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garmin Inreach user here also. It also allows the mrs to contact me too via text if she has emergency at home.
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Old 10-20-2020, 09:39 PM   #22
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I love my garmin inreach and I am selling my mini to upgrade to the full size inreach. It's a great way to let your friends and family know where you are at while having the comfort of knowing if something were to happen, local authorities would be there quick.
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