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Personal locator beacon ?

It is looking like I will be doing my DIY Elk hunt alone this year 2012, which doesn't make my Wife very happy, I don't like hunting alone, it is always nice to share camp with a friend, I am a experenced hunter, i have been out west many times, so i am not to concerned about hunting alone, i have done it before.

Anyway to help make my Wife happy, i have decided to invest in a PLB, I have heard to many Bad things about the Spot, and i am not willing to pay a yearly activation fee. so the Spot is Out. i know over the last few years they have come out with several new ones, i am looking for suggestions.  I would like to stay in the $300 to $400 range if possible.

Thanks for any suggestions

Kevin

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Sorry to hear that you have

Sorry to hear that you have to go alone next year.  I am still trying to work out the details of my 2012 DIY hunt also.  As for a locator, I was actually going to recommend the Spot, until I read your second paragraph.  I have heard good things about it as a personal locator, but I did not know what the activation fee is.  Hopefully someone else will be able to chip in and give you some options.

Good luck planning your hunt.  Keep us updated on your progress.

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Spot

Ya, last time i checked, the activation fee on the Spot is over a $120.00 a year.

most of the other brands, don't have a activation fee. they operate off government satilites.

 

Kevin

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I was going to recommend SPOT too.

I was going to recommend SPOT too.  I have not heard any bad things about them and if you actually use it $120 per year is pretty cheap insurance.  God forbid that you actually NEED it.  If you decide to give SPOT a try, I have one I'm not using and would sell it to you for half of retail.  That would save a few bucks that you could put toward teh annual activation fee.  Give me a shout if you are interested.  Otherwide, good luck with your search and please let us know if you find a better option.  Thanks in advance! 

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PLBs

after about 100 hours of research, and reading tons of reviews, from what i see, the ACR ResQLink is one of the best, and is what i am going to buy.

it works any where, it is small and lite weight about the size of a cell phone, it has the GPS locator, no activation fee, 5 year battery life, one hand operation, prices run from $250 to $300 depending on where you buy it.

Kevin

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Thanks for the update!

Thanks for the update!  I hope that you never need to use it, but let us know how it field tests for you.

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  You know I read your forum

 

You know I read your forum the other day and started to do some research and found the same device but couldn't find if it had a service fee associated so I never responded.  Glad you found the item you wanted.  I know all too well about the wife worrying about me while I was up in the mountains.  My wife was satisfied with me getting a 9mm and a can of bear spray.  Cool for me too!  I think she knows that I know how to survive in the wilderness so no PLB was needed.  hunting alone is okay - I have done it before but would rather have a partner present for several reasons - company around the campfire and help in dragging out any big game.  So I know what you are talking about.  Glad you are now one step closer to that hunt!  Thumbs up

 

 

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My wife keeps threating to

My wife keeps threating to buy one for me, but she just keeps putting it off.  She was going to buy the SPOT as I too have not heard to many bad things about it.  $120 bucks a year is a drop in the hat when it comes to your safety and the piece and mind of your family.  I have not looked into any of the other yet but I may have too.  I would like to carry something as I hunt alone alot, and it may come in handy...lets just hope that no one ever has to use one.

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Check it out

Check out the ACR ResQLink, it is a lot better then the Spot, it cost a little more then the Spot, but there is no yearly activation fee, and it will work in heavy cover, the Spot wont, the only draw back i could see was every 5 years you have to send it in to have the battery replaced.

5 years of owning a Spot $600.00 in activation fees.   5 years of owning a ACR  $0000000000000  i am not the smartest man in the world, but that math is pretty simple.

Kevin

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I hunt solo in the

I hunt solo in the backcountry all the time.  my wife got me a spot and it works great.  Some of the features you are not putting into the price are:  being able to send a premade text saying you are ok.  this has been the most useful thing.  I forgot my cell phone one weekend.  Left it on the kitchen table.  My wife saw that i left the phone on the table and knew there wouldn't be a phone call that night.(and i usually camp where there is no cell service) she got a spot message and didn't worry.  Also the help button can be programmed to say whatever you want.  like come help pack.

if you are married, don't be penny wise and dollar dumb.

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ACR

The ACR can do that too, it is a oppsion, and it doesn't cost $120.00 year.

Kevin

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