Going off grid - your options, both for tracking and satellite communication
Wed 11th March 2020
If you are looking for 100% connectivity for both tracking and also so you can message whilst off grid there are a number of options.
We look at and discuss both the positive and negative sides of –
1. Mobile phones, using in the countryside
2. SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and Tracker
3. Garmin inReach satellite communicators
In the video I refer to the GPS Training Podcast, where we discuss many of these subjects in greater depth – listen to the podcast here
Mobile phones –
Benefits – we all have one already
Think about using an old phone as this has better battery life.
Spot Trackers -
Both use the Globalstar low orbit satelite system.
As it uses the satelites to send messages you don't need a mobile phone signal but you do need a contract to run alongside them. the Spot contracts are very reasonable price.
1. Spot Gen3 - more here
Stunning battery life.
2. Spot X - more here
Two way satelite communication.
Garmin two-way satellite communicators use the Iridium Satellite system which is also used by Sat Phones.
1. Garmin inReach mini – more here
Small device, great battery life. It will tether with a Garmin GPSMAP 66s, Garmin Fenix watch (5 plus onwards) and also with your smartphone, so you can use the phone as a larger keypad to input messages etc.
It gets used lots my fell runners and mountain bikers etc
2. Garmin GPSMAP 66i - more here
Same as the GPSMAP 66st bit it has the inReach technology built in and it also has a built in battery.
A proper two way satellite GPS communicator and also a GPS navigator, two devices in one.
3. GarminGPSMAP 86i - more here
Same as the GPSMAP 66i but it is made for those going on the water as it has buoyancy built in.