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    Scary Inreach fail

    Jump to 1:08 and read the messages of what was happening. You'll probably need to pause the video occassionaly to keep up.
    I would have hit the SOS way sooner (after first fall over drop and full immersion). Good lesson why a proper PLB is required that has an antenna and then hit the button when shit starts to happen and not many 'oh fu@ks, she'll be rights' later.

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    So some guy gets in a situation where he feels the need to activate the SOS on his INREACH but it doesn't exactly work.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CPw9QK7wPw
    It is all at the end of the video 1:14:44 is of importance .

    How the guy got in the situation is not that important , the fact that the rescue was a co*k up IS.
    I have found the INREACH slow to transmit and receive probably due to a lack of sattilites
    The other thing to do is increase your list of contacts and tell them in some detail where you are going to be
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    there was another thread on here recently about long delays (5 days? from memory) in msg's getting thru on InReach. Has any one got info or updates from Garmin about whats going on and when they intend to fix it ?

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    I sure wouldn't be risking my life by not taking a dedicated PLB. There is a reason they are designed how they are, with a powerful transmitter and receiver, and a battery that wont be run down by other energy sucking nick knacks. I think the inreach is a handy bit of kit as long as you are not staking your life on it.
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    @223nut ???

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    Yeah was @223nut and my mate a few weeks back up the Hopkins (separate parties) Mates one said it had sent msg, however it wasn't received until much later by the recipient (think it was 5 days). Not sure if he's followed up with Garmin... must ask him.

    Personally I feel the messaging devices such as the Inreach and Spot etc are a great addition to a PLB but definitely don't replace it!

    I use a Spot tracker for work daily and know it can be a bit hit or miss at times (overall very good 90% of the time) and after talking with a few rescue pilots there's no way id be relying on one if things go pear shaped.
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    Yeah after following the greentree story, fuck all that for a laugh. PLB for me all they way. Might eventually buy one of the new GPS in reachs though they make sense together and apparently the new ones actually work as a gps too

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    Quote Originally Posted by chainsaw View Post
    there was another thread on here recently about long delays (5 days? from memory) in msg's getting thru on InReach. Has any one got info or updates from Garmin about whats going on and when they intend to fix it ?
    I have also been having delays with messages, and some not sending at all. Contacted Garmin in April and they were fricken useless! Still hasn't been resolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gkp View Post
    I have also been having delays with messages, and some not sending at all. Contacted Garmin in April and they were fricken useless! Still hasn't been resolved.
    April, May, June, July........that sure is a big message delay!!! LOL

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    Well, taking a little chill out time I watched the vid, its was odd. Then I searched the guy and found things like this
    Bowhunter Adam Greentree Avoids Conviction for Hunting Deer in National Park - Sporting Shooter and

    " Adam Green tree almost killed by wild Hog"
    I think that lilly is well guilded.

    Iv had an older Delorme inreach for years, on 7 day trip with normal use I ended with 70% battery life. Looking at who he is hes possibly been linking to social media which flattened his battery so maybe take a recharge pack?

    He was supposedly stuck in a gorge so limited sky, theres no guarantee any standard PLB would have been much better though may have .
    I dont know whats going on with the message delays, Iv never had an issue and I found the delorme guys very good to deal with. Iv dropped my SE 4 feet onto a concrete floor, the screen broke but its fully functional.
    Unfortunatly with the switch to Garmin they wont repair it so Ill get the new Garmin 66i in a week or to. Ill give it a good work out and if it performs as well as the old one It will be the only plb I will carry. But I have spent the better part of my life before GPS and PLBS were even a thing so that may be giving me a slightly different outlook.
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    Ok so I know a little about Vodafone and messaging. There HQ is just down the road and we have a few of there top tec staff as neighbours.
    Yes it’s not Garmin but I’d think it’s a similar set up and this is why you might be getting the delay in messages getting through.
    So Vodafone and others use a data dump. They find it cheaper or easier to send them as a bunch of messages than each one individually.
    Sorry can’t remember the exact details but it’s along those lines. Might answer the question. How many with just your normal phone have had this. I’ve had some good old, “yes I sent you a text honey”...the best one was some jokes where you send the first one and the punchline next except the punchline turns up first like
    But for this situation himmm not great
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    That’s the social media dude that got done for poaching, right?

    I have an older delorme Inreach. In all the years I’ve been using it I’ve had one message fail. Was in trees and the recipient never got the message even though it said it had sent.

    I’ve accidently activated the SOS by mistake and the rescue services were on to it instantly. So I’d have confidence in mine for rescue situations but I also carry a normal PLB (purchased prior to the Inreach), so in a real emergency I’d press both!.

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    an inreach is not a plb and should not be considered as such. Its more of a handy extra rescue aid using a different satellite system
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    I have not had message problems that I know of.

    Have had coverage issues but only in the Thar camp here in NZ. Worked flawlessly overseas.

    Thar camp is a steep narrow area that doesn't see much sky. Even the sat phone struggles for a connection.
    An inreach is not or meant to be a PLB.



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    I stand corrected and revise my earlier post to: The inreach will be the only satellite communication/SOS device I will carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stu#71 View Post
    That’s the social media dude that got done for poaching, right?

    I have an older delorme Inreach. In all the years I’ve been using it I’ve had one message fail. Was in trees and the recipient never got the message even though it said it had sent.

    I’ve accidently activated the SOS by mistake and the rescue services were on to it instantly. So I’d have confidence in mine for rescue situations but I also carry a normal PLB (purchased prior to the Inreach), so in a real emergency I’d press both!.
    Yes thats him, that you tube vid read like a bad american reality tv show.
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