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Thread: PLB - Recomendations

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    PLB - Recomendations

    Hi All after a new PLB, small, lite weight and water proof. Will be used for Hunting, kayak fishing, trout fishing adventures.

    Any recommendations or are they all much of the same these days?

    Humping and fisting have them for around the $450 to $550 mark. Happy to order online if anyone can recommend a store.

    cheers FBD

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    i went with this https://skippersmate.co.nz/acr-resql...or-beacon-plb/

    its the one piece of kit i hope i never need to use
    Good, Fast, Cheap....choose any 2.

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    Whatever one you choose, check out Smart Marine's website, they are sometimes cheaper than others.

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    One with an infrared strobe is a worthy feature.

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    @Fat belly Dog

    + 1 for skippers mate.

    We have two in our family, I have one and my pa has one too. Haven't (thankfully) had to use either of them but its a nice compact unit and easy to set up


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    Pretty sure hes a forum member too.... @CooeeBay
    Last edited by kukuwai; 13-01-2022 at 06:51 PM.
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    Garmin In Reach +??
    Has the emergency function, but also doubles as a spare GPS, you can get 3 day weather reports (accurate too) and you can send and recieve txt's and EMS so if there's not an emergency but simply a delay or situation, you can send that instead of having everybody city side panicking.
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    I bought one from seller cooebay on Trademe, he is based in Australia. Good price, my tiny unit seems OK. NB the link below is to a different unit than the one I bought off him.

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/marketpl...7?bof=pyymx61U

    Next one I buy I'd at least consider the one with the TXT / weather report facility, sounds VERY practical, particularly the weather bit (should help you avoid having to activate the PLB?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntfisheat View Post
    Garmin In Reach +??
    Has the emergency function, but also doubles as a spare GPS, you can get 3 day weather reports (accurate too) and you can send and recieve txt's and EMS so if there's not an emergency but simply a delay or situation, you can send that instead of having everybody city side panicking.
    Yes but the new garmin units with built in Inreach are far superior to the old red Inreaches as the new ones actually use garmin maps and those old red ones are stuck with Delorne maps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntfisheat View Post
    Garmin In Reach +??
    Has the emergency function, but also doubles as a spare GPS, you can get 3 day weather reports (accurate too) and you can send and recieve txt's and EMS so if there's not an emergency but simply a delay or situation, you can send that instead of having everybody city side panicking.
    I recently had to call for help and used the Garmin in reach texting function to a third party who called the cavalry... my position was exactly known... beside bridge X on river Y... nothing vague.
    However after the even I learned that the Garmin SOS feature does not exactly pinpoint your position to searchers, it only provides a general location (I am not sure of the size of the general area)
    The rescue crew said they prefer an EPIRB call for help more than a Garmin which I have learnt is because the EPIRB also has a homing signal which can put rescuers on your exact location.
    So in a worst case scenario, I would be going with a EPIRB that I can trigger then forget.
    In a less than worst case, A Garmin lets you chat and formulate a plan and the ability to guide rescuers... Next time I would maybe have both or if I could only have one it would be an EPIRB first.
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    Forget those ACR beacons - 5 yr battery life - one of the shorter lifed beacons around for a high price and will need replacing before you know it. . I use the KTI, 20 yr battery - guaranteed for 10 yrs. Though KTI have stopped supplying due to shipping/parts. Anything less than others that are 7 yrs battery life i think could do better with the battery technology out there.

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    You want to buy cheap... nah I want something that works when I need it to work.

    https://radiocoms.nz/shop/personal-l...BoC3ysQAvD_BwE

    Mine has been used twice [not one me]. I know it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Jack View Post
    Yes but the new garmin units with built in Inreach are far superior to the old red Inreaches as the new ones actually use garmin maps and those old red ones are stuck with Delorne maps
    Yes that's true. However, I use my 62sc for Nav and keep the In reach for emergencies so my batteries aren't buggered when i need them most, which is in an emergency. Separate units for separate purposes

 

 

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