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Going off grid - your options, both for tracking and satellite communication

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

Downside – poor battery life and not waterproof. Look at putting one in an Aquapac. Keep close to your body, to keep it warm and think about using it alongside a battery pack.

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 inReach

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.


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