[pskmail] Re: We all knew this was coming....

  • From: John Douyere <vk2eta@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 06:54:48 +1000

Hi Jack,

I agree that a backup system is a wise move but it does not need to be HF.

I consider an EPIRB and a system like the inReach as a reliable and
effective combination allowing highly reliable but crude emergency trigger
with the EPIRB and more refined two way communication with the inReach.

The total weight and space used are also a factor in portable situations.

Beyond this there is always the pleasure of operating a radio in portable
situations, but that is a different question.

73, John

On 17/05/2012 6:29 AM, "Jack Chomley" <radio@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 17/05/2012, at 5:29 AM, John Douyere <vk2eta@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Yes Bernard I have been watching that one for a while now.
> It is mightily attractive and I have to admit that it is much easier to
> transport and operate than a radio amateur setup (even with just an FT817
> and an Android phone).
> I will most likely go down that route when it becomes available here in
> Australia.
> It does not do the web page access but handles the two way comms and
> emergency very well for what I do.
> As a plus I won't have to spend days on underlying OS issues like
> compatibility between Linux versions and other library problems.
> 73, John
> John,
> Yes, it's another great use of technology but........like anything, always
> have a backup as in a HF radio :-) I carry a SPOT Satellite Unit, which
> Mark VK2US translates to the APRS network, as VK4JRC-13.
> The SPOT is only a one way unit for simple canned msgs to send my status
> and current location via SMS to a nominated cell phone number, it also
> sends a location Beacon every 10 minutes.
> It also has an SOS function that will bring battleships, helicopters and
> anything else paramedics might use, to get to the location where I may be
> stricken. I subscribe to a $200,000 SAR insurance policy as well........
> I use it mainly on my motorcycle, in remote areas but I also take an
> FT-817nd with either a Elecraft T1 battery powered tuner and hunk of wire
> or, an LNR Precision EF10/20/40 end fed half wave antenna. This way, I have
> 2 comms options.
> I have always been a believer in not totally relying on 3rd party methods
> of delivering comms, my HF radio sees to that! I have carried my FT-817
> setup all through Southern Africa on my motorcycle trips.
> There will always be a requirement for a simple HF data messaging system
> that it compact and reliable.
> 73,
> Jack VK4JRC

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