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#296335 - 06/08/20 02:15 PM Re: PLB False Alarms [Re: AKSAR]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7292
Loc: southern Cal
Thanks you very much AKSAR for your information and views. I thought you would have good info...

In the halcyon pre-cell phone era, when Johnnie's mother made the call, we had "unnecessary" operations as well, finding that Johnnie was just a bit overdue, maybe appreciated a bit of water, etc. but was in no real distress.

Todays situation seems much better. Enhanced communication is almost always a good thing. AKSAR alluded to the Grand Canyon incident - a party activating their PLB on three successive days for trivial situations (the last was a complaint about the spring water tasting a bit too salty). This group was exceptionally clueless and probably would have generated a real emergency had they been left to the tender mdercies of the Grand Canyon.

I suppose that the bottom line is that SAR is generally now more efficient than in the "good old days."
Geezer in Chief

#296340 - 06/08/20 08:42 PM Re: PLB False Alarms [Re: hikermor]
AKSAR Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 1185
Loc: Alaska
For those who might be considering buying an emergency message system, another good source of info is on Alaska adventurer Luc Mehl's website. Take a look at his discussion of Satellite Communications.

Mehl has been doing some really hard core serious adventure trips. He also happens to be a very modest, friendly, nice guy.

Edited by AKSAR (06/08/20 08:53 PM)
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