EPIRB for remote travel

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:01
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Hi Guys,

I am after an epirb to keep with us in the car/hiking. It will live in our grab/survival bag which is the first thing out in case of fire/accident.

So what can you reccomend. I would prefer a smaller personal size epirb. What have you purchased?

Thanks.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:33

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:33
Hi Matt

Have you considered a Spot Messenger? This gives you slightly more flexibility than just an EPIRB signal which means 'life threatening emergency'.

I have neither as we have a satellite phone.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:35

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:35
Yep they're called PLB's or Personal Locator Beacon's.
GME make them here in Oz and when I bought mine Whitworths had the best price.
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:59

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:59
Got the GME with GPS purchased from Whitworth Marine.
Epirb
No conection with them.
Replaced an older model.
Never had to use it in anger. :)

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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:13

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:13
Yep, way to go. Small enough to fit in a big shirt pocket and is registered against your name. We take ours bush walking too. Get the GPS version, very accurate.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:38

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:38
Another vote for the GME MT 410G.

Mine's still brand new:-)

Never had to touch it but just having it in the vehicle gives me peace of mind.


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Follow Up By: Secret Mens Business - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 17:23

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 17:23
Agreed. Ditto..
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Reply By: Member - Darren & Janella (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:41

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:41
Hi Matt,

Another vote here for the GME MT 410G. I purchased mine from Prestige Communications in Malaga.

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Follow Up By: Shawn - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 22:35

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 22:35
Me Too
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Reply By: Member - Warwick K (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 22:32

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 22:32
The GME MT 410 G ticked all my requirement boxes. I have a lousy sense of direction, and like to venture off the beaten track. I think it is worth paying extra for the GPS function which this model has.

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Reply By: carlsp - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 08:21

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 08:21
Another vote for the GME.

We do a couple of extra things. We have ours velcro to the dash in case of roll over so you can reach it. No good in the survival bag at the back of the truck.

The other thing is they have a web site (not GME but the control authority).
Before heading on a trip you can email them the route, etc and makes it easier to track you. Also you can drop in the epirb number to the local police in the outback as well.

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Reply By: Matt(WA) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 08:36

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 08:36
Thanks Everyone,

We had considered the Spot Messenger, but would prefer PLB(EPIRB). Just for the fact that its known and reliable. The spot messenger may also be.

Will look at the GME PLB.

WRT our survival grab bag it is stored between the front seats so no dramas getting it out in case of a roll over.

Thanks for the input everyone!

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 09:02

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 09:02
One of the important aspects of the new generation PLB,s is to fill in the paperwork and REGISTER them ,
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