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    Sat. Phones

    Looking at buying a sat phone and was wondering who has had experience with them? I was wondering if there are any out there that you could charge with a solar panel that is still small enough to pack on your back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newguy220 View Post
    Looking at buying a sat phone and was wondering who has had experience with them? I was wondering if there are any out there that you could charge with a solar panel that is still small enough to pack on your back?

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    If it is strictly for a special hunt, I rented one for a month for my sheep hunt. This is the place I got it from:

    http://www.explorersatellite.com/sat...e_services.htm
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    I'm with UH on this one. For just a hunt I'd rent one for a month and not worry about buying. If you're just using it for basic emergency purposes I wouldn't think charging it would be an issue.

    UH---What did it cost you for that one month rental if you recall?
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    Someone posted a link to some on here a couple of weeks ago that were $10 per day and $1.99 per minute for a weekly type rental. Seems like they had a monthly price too but I can't recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobbhunts View Post
    Someone posted a link to some on here a couple of weeks ago that were $10 per day and $1.99 per minute for a weekly type rental. Seems like they had a monthly price too but I can't recall.
    That sounds very reasonable if you don't need to do a lot of minutes talking on one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun 30-06 View Post
    That sounds very reasonable if you don't need to do a lot of minutes talking on one!
    I agree, and I think we are going to go ahead and rent one for our WY trip. Just for checking in occasionally, and safety in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun 30-06 View Post
    I'm with UH on this one. For just a hunt I'd rent one for a month and not worry about buying. If you're just using it for basic emergency purposes I wouldn't think charging it would be an issue.

    UH---What did it cost you for that one month rental if you recall?
    I recall it was in the $200 to $250 range for a month, including some prepaid time. I used it to check in each night on my solo Wyoming sheep hunt (avatar). I also wore a SPOT so my wife (finance at the time) could keep an eye on if I was moving, and so I could send out a distress signal if needed. In the grand scheme of things it was a bargain compared to an outfitted hunt. Having redundant safety lines was a good feeling.
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    I have also rented sat phones for back country hunts. They work good
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    It is cheaper to buy one because every year we are some place that doesn't have cell service, so it would be nice to have one. We have borrowed a Globalstar phone before, but couldn't get it to charge using a small two or three panel Goal Zero solar charger. That is why I was wondering if any of the newer sat. phones would be easier to charge this way.

    After using a sat. phone and than looking at the limitations of a spot for communication, we are going to stay with a sat. phone.

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    spot phone can only be charged with the charger that comes with it but you can get an extra battery you can only receive a tex. The iriidium is a better phone and better service it has a usb port an can be charged no extra battery an you can send a tex but the cost is alot more than the spot. you get what you pay for but im looking to buy the spot i like the extra battery and
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