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    Need opinions on backcountry communication

    Hey guys, I'm looking to purchase something to be able to communicate with my wife back home when I'm in the mountains and out of cell service.

    What have you guys tried and what do you like/not like about them?

    I already have a GPS unit so I don't really need another, just a good way to communicate back home. Thank you!

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    I've looked at renting a sat phone for a month when I plan on being out of comms. I think that I found a place for $50 a month you can get one. Then just take extra batteries or a solar charger.
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    Thats a good idea, especially if the need for one wouldn't be more than a month.

    A follow up question for people is which devices require a yearly purchase and if so how much is it per year to use.

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    We prefer the InReach. Keeps the family happy as they get a link to click on, shows a map where you are at and you can attach a text to it. Keeps everyone sane with minimum communication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugz View Post
    We prefer the InReach. Keeps the family happy as they get a link to click on, shows a map where you are at and you can attach a text to it. Keeps everyone sane with minimum communication.


    Is there a yearly fee for usage with the InReach? Or do you pay for a certain number of messages?

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    https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/

    Depends how much or how little you want. Read the whole page then see the summary chart at the bottom.

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    Inreach is a great item to have, works great

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    Inreach, after hunting in northern BC. and seeing the guides texting each other or the outfitter the key to them is the Bluetooth feature and you text thru your smarts phone so no clumsy texting on the inreach itself. Also the outfitter told me every time he receives a text he knows exactly where his guides are because of gps coordinates!

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    One thing I want to mention, that often gets overlooked is remember the basic rules...even with these great new communication devices.

    1. Practice visually marking Country. Stop on your hike in, look around, take in the landmarks. This is more critical than people realize, especially the first trip into a new area.

    2. Set a time range that will make contact with your loved ones. Say between 7 p.m. and midnight I will send out a message. This gives you butchering time or tracking time. It?s very easy to forget when breaking down a bull that you should call/text/press the button etc.

    3. Leave a list of drainages that you might be in with your emergency contact. Devices lose power and this insurance that you will be found in case of emergency.


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    Another vote for the InReach. Been using the InReach SE for about 3 or 4 years now and it has worked great for me. I can stay in touch with the family and let them know I am o.k.

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