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Thread: Remote Travel Emergency Communication

  1. #21
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    Apr 2007
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    I did all my remote travel solo
    uhf for close call coms
    hf, used to do twice daily log ins, long distance coms
    sat ph, odd call to family to maintain contact
    epirb, never used but always carried if walking more than about 10m from vehicle

    and the normal ph

    cover all your bases as you only get one chance sometimes
    cheers
    blaze

  2. #22
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    Dec 2006
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    I know everyone has there own decision making processes but just to widen the options in this thread for Less cost than an EPIRB plus Spot unit you could have bought a SatSleeve Hotspot and put it on the Optus $15 a month sat plan (half the price of Spot monthly)

    The nice thing about this setup is for general comms to loved ones you can setup a “system” of 1/ sat phone calling then hanging up.
    2/ Then the contact can call back and it is the same cost as calling any mobile phone (often free)

    In a vehicle based emergency situation most likely mechanical than medical
    It’s pretty nice to have some AULRO legend contacts who can phone diagnose or order parts etc etc

    And in a true emergency direct comms with emergency services can be very helpful compared to a beacon and nothing else.

    When on the boat besides it being mandatory EPIRB makes sense because SHTF moments happen quickly and can have far quicker fatal consequences

    Vehicle based in the bush things are much slower. Even a snake bite I’d prefer sat comms over an EPIRB? With sat phone direct contact an evac plan can be negotiated as opposed to an EPIRB which will be “whatever resource can be mustered”

    Anyways that’s my thoughts on the matter!

    Satphone on cheap monthly plan for land based activity
    Satphone plus EPIRB for on water activity
    Are my emergency choices

    Steve
    '95 130 dual cab fender (gone to a better universe)
    '10 130 dual cab fender (getting to know it's neurons)

  3. #23
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    Bacchus Marsh Vic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roverrescue View Post
    I know everyone has there own decision making processes but just to widen the options in this thread for Less cost than an EPIRB plus Spot unit you could have bought a SatSleeve Hotspot and put it on the Optus $15 a month sat plan (half the price of Spot monthly)

    The nice thing about this setup is for general comms to loved ones you can setup a “system” of 1/ sat phone calling then hanging up.
    2/ Then the contact can call back and it is the same cost as calling any mobile phone (often free)

    In a vehicle based emergency situation most likely mechanical than medical
    It’s pretty nice to have some AULRO legend contacts who can phone diagnose or order parts etc etc

    And in a true emergency direct comms with emergency services can be very helpful compared to a beacon and nothing else.

    When on the boat besides it being mandatory EPIRB makes sense because SHTF moments happen quickly and can have far quicker fatal consequences

    Vehicle based in the bush things are much slower. Even a snake bite I’d prefer sat comms over an EPIRB? With sat phone direct contact an evac plan can be negotiated as opposed to an EPIRB which will be “whatever resource can be mustered”

    Anyways that’s my thoughts on the matter!

    Satphone on cheap monthly plan for land based activity
    Satphone plus EPIRB for on water activity
    Are my emergency choices

    Steve
    We went with a satellite phone rather than an EPIRB or spot for the two way communication mentioned.
    We carry it in the vehicle and with our fosiking equipment.
    i likes the idea of being able to talk directly to a person in a medical situation to either get appropriate first aid information or organise for an medical evacuation. The same applied for a vehicle based situation where we could improvise a repair and have parts sent to an appropriate meeting point.

    I’m happy with decision after the following happened...
    On a trip I lead a few years ago our group split into 2, one headed more remote while the other stayed on main dirt roads. The remote group had a medical incident and contacted RFDS direct, first aid treatments where put in place and the person was driven(4wd only area)to a meeting point where he was then transported by RFDS to hospital. I, being in the second group due to a mechanical issue recieved a call to tell me the evacuation was in progress. The hospital updated me and I then informed the remote group on the situation and confirmed the group was still able to continue untill our next rendezvous.

    The waiting factor of did the EPIRB or spot message get through and is anything happening while a person is having a medical emergency was something I wanted to minimise.
    Cheers, Kyle



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  4. #24
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    Dec 2014
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    Might be seen by some as overkill but I carry:

    VHF
    EPIRB with GPS
    Spot Trace GPS tracker
    Iridium Sat Phone

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