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4 February 2009 at 10:29 a.m.
grannyrett, sounds like a good deal to me. Even if it is just for your peace of mind!
31 January 2009 at 2:51 p.m.
Does anyone know about this satellite messenger? My son is going to hike the Colorado Trail this summer by himself and will use one of these to stay in touch with us. Just wondering if anyone out there has used one or knows anything about them.
3 February 2009 at 4:38 p.m.
It is an offshoot of the ELT's used on airplanes. Simply put, they send a signal to a satellite which can fix your position, pretty much anywhere on earth. You can have the location sent to someone or it can alert the appropriate agency in case of emergency. They were first introduced in Canada and have been around for about 10 years or so. I have never used one personally but if he's going to hike the Colorado Trail it might be a good idea. I have climbed a number of the 14ers along the trail and there is not very good cell phone coverage. I would guess that, like sat phones, you get charged by the minute for the sat time so probably don't want to “overuse” it!
3 February 2009 at 6:17 p.m.
Thanks, silentman. The usage comes in a subscription package. It's $99 a year, and for another $50, you can track your trip on Google maps. Sounds like a good deal to me, if only for peace of mind-(mine)- and safety-(his). If he runs into a real emergency, it has a 911 button he can push and they will send a helicopter to get him out. If he runs into something minor he needs help with, he can push a button that will send a text message to his support team and will give his coordinates, so we can find him. He can send daily check in messages to let us know he is okay and where he is.
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