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    Personal locating beacons and hunting

    After reading through the "Hunting Partners" and "Technology taking the hunt out of hunting" threads, It got me to thinking that not only lot of hunters hunt alone but are also an aging group by and large, myself included. I wondering if anyone here uses a Personal locating beacon device on their trips and if so would you share your experiences and opinions regarding them. As I remarked in the hunting partners thread I prefer to hunt alone, so after my minor stroke my wife understandably isn't comfortable with me being gone for several days to a week or more at a time in the mountains out of cell range and, I don't care to be tied down to my son-in laws schedule. I have no familiarity with them and thought this might be a better option and hopefuly ease my brides concerns.
    Thanks for your opinions.
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    I go a lot by myself and my Dad, even though I am grown, is still very protective and worried about me when I go out alone. I bought a SPOT locator this year to help ease his mind. It goes directly off my Iphone and I can send him personally typed messages and he likes to watch where I am going. He said it was pretty cool because he could actually watch me walk down a canyon and back up. I can send an SOS message to him if say I just needed a little bit of help and it was something that wasnt super serious. If something does happen, it also has the 911 button on it where it dispatches my location to emergency services. It lets you map where you are going and lets you look at the map later on as well. It's a little expensive but is definitely a life saver if you really needed it and I think the price is worth the comfort I have knowing I wouldn't be lost and not found!

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    You know me. No gizmos. No electronics. If I die hunting. It's a good way to go.

    Only my dog will miss me.

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    I have two kids that I live for so I enjoy coming home and will do or buy absolutely anything to help make sure that I do.

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    I was answering the OP.

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    I have the Spot 2. One thing I keep coming back to is getting a Sat phone. The cost of the Spot 2 and a subscription is lower and it gets the basics of what I need for emergency needs and check ins. More communication to be able to just pick up the phone and call someone for emergency or check ins to family, friends, etc.... just would be more awesome.

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    I have the SPOT Connect. It works ok, sometimes I wonder though when it crashes my phone. I think the SOS feature is reliable, I hope! My wife sure is a lot happier that I have it, and more hall passes are the reward!

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    I have a close friend who loves to climb all the 14ers in the area. He's my age, and has one of those SOS gizmos. On one climb a storm came in faster than he thought, and was trapped. He sent out a signal, but nobody showed up. He managed to survive, and later found out they were looking for him on the wrong mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hunter View Post
    I have a close friend who loves to climb all the 14ers in the area. He's my age, and has one of those SOS gizmos. On one climb a storm came in faster than he thought, and was trapped. He sent out a signal, but nobody showed up. He managed to survive, and later found out they were looking for him on the wrong mountain.
    This is one of the reasons I am debating getting a satellite phone. The Spot 2 is getting better reviews on reliability than the original one. There is better reliability and one can send out messages and the tracking feature is cool but I kind of like getting a voice back in the conversation or even text back would be nice for some better back and forth communication. If satellite phones come down in price a bit more, similar to cell phones in rates and costs I will be getting one.

    The satellite phone rentals are ok in price but I think with technology advancements they will come down in price similar to cell phones soon. For those that want a bit more communication and or it is important to them there are some options out there at least.

    $12 per day
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    Incoming text messages, free
    $1.99 per minute outgoing calls

    http://www.mobal.com/satellite-phone-rental/

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    my spot works well for this kind of thing.

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