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Old 12-01-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
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Safety (comms) while out riding

Gday guys,

(location Sydney)

Dad has taken to adventure touring quite heavily and goes on day trips and over night trips solo quite happily. He did the recent GS Adventure trip from Darwin to Cairns and loved it.

My questions is to seasoned tourers:

Safety whilst touring in terms of emergency communications

Mobile phones only go so far - what do you guys use?

I am aware of the following:

CB radio UHF and VHF
EPEIRB
Satellite phones

I am thinking, say dad is out bush and the wheel busts or suspension blows or anything of the sort, and there is no mobile phone coverage - what to do?

I just want to know dad can get hold of me....

Thanks guys...
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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Google "satelite tracker". The service that works best here may not be best based on the satelite system over your continent.

They allow a message to be sent out in emergency, and real time tracking (by you or others) if you add the extra service package.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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Look at the Spot locators. Piece of mind to check in whenever you want, call for non emergency or emergency assistance. Would imagine works as well down under for response as it does here (NA). If not I would get the basic Sat phones, costs are by minute after the initial purchase and plan. I use one for emergency purpose only when I'm white water kayaking / floating in backcountry.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:51 PM   #4
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thanks guys...yea figured there wouldnt really be that much out there in terms of "no on going costs" I do appreciate the feedback though.

I always knew satellite phone would be the ideal idea....i think i will have to research that a whole lot more, see what costs are associated with it.
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thanks guys...yea figured there wouldnt really be that much out there in terms of "no on going costs" I do appreciate the feedback though.

I always knew satellite phone would be the ideal idea....i think i will have to research that a whole lot more, see what costs are associated with it.
I think the EPIRB is all up front costs but is only usable in a true emergency to basically say come and get me. I use a Delorme inReach which allows texting back and forth but it has a monthly fee (several plans with differing rates). The inReach uses satellite technology so works wherever I have gone (western USA, Mexico, and the north half of South America).
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