RE: Personal Locator Beacons/Spot Satellite GPS

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Subject: RE: Personal Locator Beacons/Spot Satellite GPS
From: Kailash Willis <>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:40:55 +1100

Hi Stephen and others,

i have had a bit of experience with the Spot Satellite GPS Messenger, my dad 
purchased one after spending an unplanned night out in the cold.

i think one of the main benefits of this system is that you have three preset 
options which can be used to send both SMS messages and emails, which provide 
GPS coordinates and a location through Google maps, to designated mobiles and 
email addresses.

The three options include one to say you are ok, one that you are in need of 
assistance and finally the real emergency button which basically turns it into 

The ability to let people know that you are ok is often overlooked when 
planning an extended trip but is often appreciated by those that are not lucky 
enough to be coming along



> Message: 11
> Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:06:53 +1100
> From: Carl Clifford <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Personal Locator Beacons/Spot Satellite GPS
> Messenger
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> Cc:  'Stephen Ambrose'
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> Hi Paul,
> I was checking Prestige Communication's web site and came across the
> "Spot Satellite GPS Messenger"
> This device works the same as a PLB, with the addition of being
> able to send pre-programmed SMS/email messages, such as "check ins",
> to up to 10 recipients, as well as the usual PLB/EPIRB emergency
> squawk. The unit price is much lower at just over AUD200, but there is
> an annual subscription of USD115 for the basic service.
> An interesting step for personal satellite navigation.
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford
> On 14/12/2010, at 6:42 PM, Paul G Dodd wrote:
> Hi Stephen,
> I can recommend Prestige Communications. They're an internet company -
> used
> to be known as "mail order". I think they're WA based:
> I have bought a number of devices from them in
> the
> past. For PLBs, the main (best?) brand is GME. MAKE SURE you spend the
> extra
> $100 and get one that has GPS built in - if you are need of rescue,
> you want
> your location identified. Without GPS, they rely on triangulation,
> which can
> take much longer.
> Paul Dodd
> Docklands, Victoria
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Stephen Ambrose
> Sent: Tuesday, 14 December 2010 6:24 PM
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Personal Locator Beacons
> I'm thinking of purchasing a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) as a safety
> measure in the field, particularly when bird-watching in remote
> locations. I
> wondered if anyone who has had any experience with PLBs could provide
> tips
> on advantages/disadvantages of various brands. The PLB would be used
> primarily in Australia. I'm looking for a lightweight PLB that one could
> carry on a trouser belt, in a trouser pocket or in a side pocket of a
> small
> back-pack. Thanks in advance to those who are willing to provide
> information.
> Regards,
> Stephen
> Dr Stephen Ambrose
> Ambrose Ecological Services Pty Ltd
> Ryde NSW
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