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#98428 - 06/26/07 01:10 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: DeathtoToasters]
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Quote:
Like I said, long-short version.


Well done, Death2Toasters. Thank you for sharing your story.

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#98435 - 06/26/07 02:49 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: Alex]
DeathtoToasters Offline
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Registered: 06/18/07
Posts: 147
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: Alex
Sorry, the OnStar is entirely based on a cellular service. So, don't expect it to be functional everywhere. The advantages over a simple cell phone are:
1. Larger, more powerful antenna.
2. Digital signal compression allowing to send data packets in short powerful bursts, which have much better chance to reach the nearest towers in decipherable, non distorted form.
3. Automated distress signal repeating.

So, if you have no OnStar in your car, you could consider investing in an antenna-buster for your cell-phone. I saw some good external antennas, which could outperform those used in the OnStar installation.

http://www.alternativewireless.com/cellular-antennas/index.html

Or better yet, - invest in a PLB! cool



My PLB is being ordered this week.. Wish I would have found out aout them before last week!
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#98443 - 06/26/07 04:46 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: atoz]
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Unless you just want to hike in a straight line....

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#98465 - 06/26/07 06:28 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: Blast]
Alex Offline
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Registered: 03/01/07
Posts: 1034
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Originally Posted By: Blast
Quote:
Like I said, long-short version.

Well done, Death2Toasters. Thank you for sharing your story.
-Blast

Oh, Yes. A very worthy story. Thank you!

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#98466 - 06/26/07 06:29 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: teacher]
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Registered: 06/18/07
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Originally Posted By: teacher
Unless you just want to hike in a straight line....


huh?
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#98467 - 06/26/07 06:32 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: Alex]
DeathtoToasters Offline
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Registered: 06/18/07
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Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: Alex
Originally Posted By: Blast
Quote:
Like I said, long-short version.

Well done, Death2Toasters. Thank you for sharing your story.
-Blast

Oh, Yes. A very worthy story. Thank you!


Thanks....that experienced has really changed my life.

I know look at every situation I am stuck in with a new vision, that there is ALWAYS a way to get out of it. I just need to find a way.
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#98566 - 06/27/07 07:12 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: DeathtoToasters]
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Registered: 11/14/04
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Loc: Mountains of CA
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My PLB is being ordered this week.. Wish I would have found out aout them before last week!


Which did you order, and from where?

I've been eye`n them for a while now.
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#98591 - 06/27/07 09:28 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: Todd W]
DeathtoToasters Offline
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Registered: 06/18/07
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Loc: Southern California
Honestly I just did a froogle search. I have not seen a recommended company or site.
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#98593 - 06/27/07 10:02 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: DeathtoToasters]
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5029
Loc: SOCAL
406 MHz PLBs are not cheap.

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#98729 - 06/28/07 11:44 PM Re: Woman who gets lost in woods is found thanks t [Re: Russ]
MartinFocazio Offline

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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 2148
Loc: Bucks County PA
Just to reiterate - GPS is worth nothing when you call a 911 center. I was actually in the 911 center for Bucks County, PA recently, and while they have really neat technology, the incoming 911 call handler does not auto-magically get a GPS position with a whizzy Google Map of the phone position.

Also, I'd like to point out that GPS is NOT at all a reliable tool for urban areas and, as we learned from the initial poster's statements, it's not even possible at times to get the coordinates.

Then there's the matter of format & datum.

46 45.456 72 22.32 is not at all the same as
46 45' 06" 72 22' 32"

when you're on the ground...

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