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emergency comms...

Posted: 15 Mar 2015 11:13
by hugejp
Hi guys...

Advice please!

I am looking for an emergency comms solution.

I am often in remote places by myself, this is not ideal & not recommended, but it is just a part of my job.

I generally do try to leave a trail of breadcrumbs of where I'm going with home, the office & locals along the way, but much of what I do is talking to locals & following leads that sometimes turn out to be wild goose chases.

So I'm looking for something that is for emergency situations, not for chatting.

My knowledge is very limited on this subject so please type slowly...

Thanks in advance!


Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 15 Mar 2015 12:36
by Tinus lotz
Jp you can get a vhf radio but is only going to help if there is one in the area and on the same channel.....
Go for one of the old fashioned sat phones on a prepaid .
You need to make a call when you are in destress to a telephone ....give someone your coordinates goolgle it a bit. ..afaik there are very fancy ones out there but if you stick to basic calls and sms you should be fine .

Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 15 Mar 2015 14:19
by Kagiso II
Contact RENIER BALT for the best deal on SAT PHONE [purchase or rental] [he lives near Harties] He has in the past sponsored Satphones for us when we do Outreach in the way way wayyyyyyyyyyy out areas.

082 460 seven-zero-sixnine OR O866 seven-zero-forty-98

Just a thought - but for reach all over the world a Satelite Phone is, in my opinion just the best option.
To buy or rent ?? You have to work that one out by yerself [tax benefits?? Angh 'azzi ]

Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 15 Mar 2015 18:14
by hugejp
Dankie ouens!

Ek het oor die sat phone gedink, maar het net nie die kennis nie. :redface:

Sal so bietjie huiswerk gaan doen!


Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 15 Mar 2015 19:12
by Kagiso II
Praat met Renier .. hy jhet reeds die "huiswerk" gedoen [die wiel ontwerp] en ek vind hom eties in sy besigheids benadering ..

Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 15 Mar 2015 19:30
by hugejp
Skies man!

Dis jys wat ek bedoel het...


Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 16 Mar 2015 15:58
by Florian320
Here is another possibility a friend of mine used in Australia: SPOT personal trackers

It worked: he got stuck with his car around a big sea which suddenly started to rise and put his car and him into danger.

I (being one of there reference persons) was called by SPOT and they queried wether I know where my friend is right now and if I am aware of any dangerous situation he could be in.

They immediately sent help to my friend and recovered him and the car.

But the service obviously costs some money.

Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 16 Mar 2015 18:33
by hugejp
Thank you!

Looks interesting.

Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 16 Mar 2015 21:59
by Russ Kellermann
I've seen a "cover" thats clips onto an iPhone that makes your iPhone into a SAT Phone. I cannot recall who makes it, weather its apple or not, but for me that seemed amazing. Has all the benifits of SAT phone but just clip on. Includes built in arial and everything.

Cannot comment on how it is billed but that can be researched easily once you find the supplier.

Re: emergency comms...

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 06:53
by Herrie
Thanks Russ - that seems to be very good and it can help us if we can get some info about it.