The Poor Man’s Satellite Phone:

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inReachSE-4

Delorme Inreach SE @ 190 grams is a good choice if you are in the market for a PLB or Satellite Phone. It is only slightly dearer (and heavier) than a stand-alone PLB (& so much cheaper than lighter than an Iridium Extreme) but with two way SMS messaging functionality from anywhere on earth. The service is also much cheaper than a satellite phone. You can load maps on it and use it as a GPS. You can pair it with your mobile phone to make it even more user friendly. It has a tracking function which can notify your friends every few minutes of your exact location (people can even ‘ping’ you to trigger your location) – and of course it has an SOS button which will bring emergency services if you need rescuing. The fact that it has two-way messaging will mean that unnecessary rescues will be reduced enormously.  The internal battery wlll last a trip up to 10 days, but of course can be recharged on the go eg with one of these: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/charging/ More details here: http://www.inreachdelorme.com/product-info/inreachse.php and here:http://www.theultralighthiker.com/get-lost-get-found-plbepirb/

This is also a really handy lightweight (50 gram) device for keeping in touch: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/gotenna/

As are these: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/emergency-cb-radios/

See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-not-so-poor-mans-sat-phone/

To see what else I carry in my pack see: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-gorilla-in-the-hand/

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