Originally Posted by jeff00seattle
Thank you, a great story that matches exactly my purpose.
- What communication unit was used for scanning?
- Do you have FCC Technician?
- Other than PLB, have you considered SEND (InReach, Spot) or BaoFeng?
I have a Uniden Bearcat (scanner only)with an external antenna mounted using a bracket I fabricated from a piece of flat stock that bolts to the front fender mounting bolts and comes up between the fender and hood.
I have a General class ham license
I also have a couple BaoFeng hand helds I can hand out to folks I'm traveling with if they don't have one. I tune them to a GMRS frequency and then lock them so only the volume and push to talk works. I've considered getting a Spot, Inreach etc, but feel I'm covered with the PLB, with no further monthly or yearly fees. The wife would prefer something that will allow two way communication though, and might get me one for Xmas, but that's her decision. In a true emergency (medical, roll over, or something life threatening) I wouldn't hesitate to light off the PLB, but otherwise I'd try really hard to solve my own problems, even if I'm stuck for a few days because I don't want to waste SAR resources of endanger any responders.