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One of the first of these devices to catch on with fishermen was the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. Along with an SOS button (which contacts the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center to initiate a rescue), this robust little package features the ability to send a couple of preconfigured emails.
All messages arrive in a predetermined recipient’s email, and the current location is posted on a map located on findmespot.com, where the user, device and friends are all registered.
“Because it is a communicator, people take it along and use it, whereas with a personal locator beacon, the owner may never have to use it,” says Rich Galasso, Southeast distribution manager for SPOT.
SPOT’s tracking feature, which updates your location on the website map, has a lot to do with its popularity.
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Enhanced communications are available with the SPOT Connect ($169.99), which links via Bluetooth to a smartphone or pad, from which you manage custom and preconfigured texts and emails. “It’s SPOT on steroids,” says Galasso.
Moving into the realm of two-way communications is DeLorme’s inReachSE ($299), which now has a color screen, virtual keyboard, and the ability to cache and display NOAA charts downloaded from the Earthmate App for smartphones and tablets.
But the interactive and social networking is just as big of a draw.
inReachSE also has a website component, MapShare (mapshare.delorme.com), which allows others to follow a trip through the tracking feature, and even ping the location of the device.
As with the SPOT, a service plan is required. Annual plans start at basic SOS service for $9.95 a month, and top out at $65 a month for a full-service, four-month seasonal plan, with varying levels of feature activation available in between.
While it’s a different class of device, even the venerable personal locator beacon — in particular the ResQLink+ from ACR Electronics — has taken on some aspects of a communicator, though there are notable differences in function from the DeLorme and SPOT devices.
ResQLink does offer a function that allows you to test the 406 mHz emergency transmitter and the integral GPS, and send a position via text or email to yourself and up to five other recipients. To activate the modified test function and take advantage of its capabilities requires registration with an online service, 406Link.com.
The 406Link.com account monitors and records the tests, as well as battery life remaining on your PLB.
Standard 406Link.com service, at $39.95 a year, allows for standard self-tests (no GPS), and sends results to you and one other address. The Plus level allows for multiple recipients and GPS through-satellite tests for $59.95 a year.