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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 7:34 pm Thread Starter
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Smile Tip-traveling alone in remote locations,no cell service a P-EPIRB may save your life

I realize a P-EPIRB Personal-Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is not for everyone but I wanted to provide this 'tip' just in case. Maybe knowing they exist might save someone's life. I do a lot of riding by myself and this normally means in very remote areas where cell phone service is totally unavailable. To help in this situation I have purchased a P-EPRIB. If something happens and I'm still conscious and can push a button, Emergency Rescue personal the will know my exact location, within 3 minutes and within 30 meters anywhere on the North American continent. The units are small enough to carry on your person, not uncomfortable, and simple to operate and the batteries last 10 years, I carried one on the entire THCR.
Ride Smart and Safe, Always!

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 7:38 pm
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Where do you get these and whats the cost?

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Robert,

Are these portable versions of an Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter that broadcasts on 121.5 Mhz? I used Google and found a couple. Are there any issues with the FAA and the non-aircraft use of these? Do you have to license or register these before using them?

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Also, there is this this item that allows people to track your every move.

http://www.star-traxx.com/groupbuy/main.aspx

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There are two 'types'. With or without GPS. That is the biggest cost difference. Otherwise, I believe each unit has two transmitters, one to satellite and one homing, I forget the frequency's. I bought the FastFind Plus by McMurdo, Plus means with GPS. With the GPS you can be 'located' within 3 minutes, without the GPS it takes longer, but not much longer. I paid in the $500 range with GPS and free batteries for life. An umbilical chord some units have is you have to send them back to the dealer to change the battery but not the FastFind. I did not like that requirement so I went with the FastFind unit.

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2012 R1200RT Tri-Color (traded for 2014 R1200RT see above)
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2004 R1100SA "Piedmont Red Metallic" (Traded)
2002 K1200RS BLACK (Traded for RT)
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No FAA issues and yes you need to register them. The Coast Guard will first call your contact(s) and see if it is a false signal and if not then they're coming. You can have many contacts, I had 6, so they'll definitely find someone.
You can use them before registering but they won't know who to call to see if it is a legitimate emergency, but I'll bet they'll come regardless.
Also, you have to re-register every so many years, like maybe every 3-5 years, I forget.
I do a lot of solo distance traveling and cell phones are only good in urban areas or along the Interstates which I try to avoid both. When you're in the mountains or desert, IMHO you need this peace of mind. The only requirement is that the EPIRB 'see' the sky! ie no very dense tree cover, etc.

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Also, once you purchase the unit there is only the cost of batteries! The monitoring is part of the Coast Guard rescue mission. I looked into satellite phones, etc. but found the monthly fees are outrageous, so I settled on a one time cost, especially with the lifetime free batteries deal.

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Smile Web site to read up on Personal Locator Beacons

http://www.onlinemarine.com/cgi-loca....htm?E+scstore

I did not buy from this site, just for reference. I can't remember where I bought my unit from. All my paperwork is at the office.

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2002 K1200RS BLACK (Traded for RT)
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My latest marine radio has a special button ( with a little red cover on it) when pushed activates the radio to send a "distress signal" on a special frequency that is monitored. It gives out the lat/long position which comes from the boat gps. Before anything else is done, we are supposed to get a call back as it is a 2 way radio .Failing 2 way communication,the code sent out has a special number that the coast guard can look up, our cell #'s, home #'s and other contacts to check the validity of the signal. It is a one tiime free registartion with a web-site to update the contact info.
I am sure that this is for marine use only. This feature has appeared only in the past few years on new radios.
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Smile Marine use

I am sure that this is for marine use only. This feature has appeared only in the past few years on new radios.[/QUOTE]

My unit is a FastFind Plus and was initially made for marine use. However, it works anywhere in North America. The other brand I looked at, the AquaFIX , I believe is making a TerraFIX, regardless the system works water or no water. It has the added benefit of being waterproof!

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2004 R1100SA "Piedmont Red Metallic" (Traded)
2002 K1200RS BLACK (Traded for RT)
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