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Old 02-11-2019, 03:44 PM
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Who takes one on board for offshore 20-70 miles offshore? Iíve got one along with an epirb and have never had to use it, thankfully. Been paying $1,000 a year for the lowest cost service though.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:15 PM
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I take one. We should all get each otherís numbers so we can work together when offshore in similar area at the same time. Mexican Gulf in Venice does....
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:26 PM
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Not expensive if ya need it!!!
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:09 PM
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Service could be had for much much less depending on what type of phone. Also can do prepaid stuff to buy cards when you fish if itís not needed monthly, etc. sounds like your wasting money when you donít have too
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Originally Posted by Twin Vee 26 View Post
I take one. We should all get each otherís numbers so we can work together when offshore in similar area at the same time. Mexican Gulf in Venice does....
They use sat phones or just go to an off channel on VHF?
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by wamc0206 View Post
Service could be had for much much less depending on what type of phone. Also can do prepaid stuff to buy cards when you fish if itís not needed monthly, etc. sounds like your wasting money when you donít have too
Very interested to know where you'd point someone looking for an economical-to-own Sat Phone.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:04 PM
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Garmin inreach
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:05 PM
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How about using a Garmin Inreach explorer? I carry Epirbs as well, but have found the Inreach Explorer is a very useful device and very cheap upfront and monthly. It connects through your phone if you want and you can send text messages to anyone you want.
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Originally Posted by LandLocked42Long View Post
Very interested to know where you'd point someone looking for an economical-to-own Sat Phone.
https://www.bluecosmo.com/inmarsat-i...waAhEZEALw_wcB

Depends on where you are and the coverage needed. In the US this one can be had with a prepaid card for much less than $1000 if you don't plan to actually use it while your out there expect for emergencies. Yes you have to buy the phone but the plans are cheaper.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by LandLocked42Long View Post
Very interested to know where you'd point someone looking for an economical-to-own Sat Phone.
also if talking on the phone isnít as important as having sat communication you can get a Garmin Inreach and having 2 way messaging capabilities as well as sos functions. This is a much cheaper option over any sat available
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:20 PM
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I use a SPOT when I go offshore pretty cool little device and not to expensive. It tracks you and sends your coordinates at your set intervals to a online account. It also does pre set messages and SOS.
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much appreciated wamc- will contact them for their definition of "extandable" on the cards, but this fits my needs more than Inreach does.
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Good info

Bought a SPOT satellite phone 4 years ago or so

Anyone know if you can buy a prepaid card for a SPOT satellite phone instead of annual service plan?

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Old 02-11-2019, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by RedMan02 View Post
Good info

Bought a SPOT satellite phone 4 years ago or so

Anyone know if you can buy a prepaid card for a SPOT satellite phone instead of annual service plan?

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Dont know what model you have but it looks like they have a seasonal plans for the phones. But I couldn't tell you for sure i just have the spot gen3.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:13 PM
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https://www.satphonestore.com/

I have an Iridium 9575 with a monthly contract with rollover minutes, about $77/month. You could also purchase a number of prepaid cards for less. I chose the Iridium because itís military grade with the best reception of other brands. I fish offshore a lot 100+ miles out. When it hits the fan, I know I can call the USCG in Mobile and report my exact situation, rather than thru a txt msg. I know from personal experience. You donít always have someone within VHF range that can receive your distress situation. An EPIRB is also an essential safety device to have, but there are times that you just have to verbally communicate your situation and thatís done the best with a satellite phone. Stay Safe!

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X3 on Garmin Inreach. I text my wife every three hours when offshore. Keeps her happy and I know I have a pipeline back to land if something goes wrong. And friends and family that are on the boat with spouses can contact her if they want to.
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Will Garmin Inreach allow you to contact SeaTow or the USCG if needed? Just wondering if they will respond to a text.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:22 AM
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Cell service offshore seems to be getting better over the last couple years. I have service 90% of the time 50 miles out of grand isle.
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Educate me on the inReach devices. Do they provide continuous tracking? Here's what I am thinking. Of course the Coast Guard always encourages boaters to file a float plan, but the route and destination for many of us is anything but set when we go chasing fish. If an inReach owner does not report back on schedule, could the Coast Guard access his positional data and get a last known position?
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Originally Posted by USCG Safe Boating D8 View Post
Educate me on the inReach devices. Do they provide continuous tracking? Here's what I am thinking. Of course the Coast Guard always encourages boaters to file a float plan, but the route and destination for many of us is anything but set when we go chasing fish. If an inReach owner does not report back on schedule, could the Coast Guard access his positional data and get a last known position?
yes, for the most part

you can set it up to send position updates at certain time intervals

this can be viewed on a website you control who has access to it

they're awesome and UNLIKE satellite phones seem to work everywhere (for clarity sat phones are very iffy in remote parts of Alaska, Inreach has always worked)
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