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Old 27 November 2006, 09:37   #1
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EPIRB use off the boat?

Any reason why a GPS EPIRB wouldn't work for an onshore emergency, e.g. skiing, climbing, hill walking etc miles from handheld VHF range or mobile signal?
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Old 27 November 2006, 09:42   #2
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It will work fine but you need a PLB rather than a normal EPIRB because that is registered to a person whereas an EPIRB is registered to the craft. Chances are an EPIRB registered to a vessel will not get as fast a response if said vessel is dicovered in distress in the middle of Birmingham!!!
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Old 27 November 2006, 11:28   #3
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I think the emergency service would be bound to react to any 406mhz Epirb going off, as these are all registered.

I would expect that they would firstly contact the registered owner / contacts of the device.

Ive got a McMurdo 406mhz Findfast Plus PLB and it states that the unit is only for Marine / aviation use (in the UK) although it seems that you can use them for land use in the USA.

However theres nothing stopping you using one on land I suppose. They may prosecute you for using one, however in a life or death situation Id think id rather them prosecute me and for me to be around to tell the tale to my prison buddies!
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I still reckon a Sat Phone is the way to go. Same price as an Epirb but very useful if you need medical advice or similar when stucK in Timbuctu!!!
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Sat Phone useful, however very difficult to make a call from a waterlogged sat phone if you fall overboard...
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Old 27 November 2006, 12:50   #6
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Sat Phone useful, however very difficult to make a call from a waterlogged sat phone if you fall overboard...
Thats what an aquapac type case is for.
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Except all the Aqua pac cases I have used have lasted less than one year.
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Except all the Aqua pac cases I have used have lasted less than one year.
Ahh in that case I will stick with my Tesco ziplock freezer bags - they are great!!!
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Had a look on the OFCOM site -

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archi...385gn.htm#10.0

very clear that EPIRBs & PLBs must not be used on land - I'm with petesmith on this one, it could have helped those 2 climbers in Scotland last week who froze to death a mile from the car park.

OK - maybe the question is EPIRB for the boat or a PLB for each crew member?
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There are moves to allow PLB for land use.
This has cmoe a few times in various meetings I have attended.
Not sure how long it will take.
Mainly for walkers and skiing.

Sat Phones have there uses but not much good for tracking like an EPIRB.
If the were then the Yanks would be able to find that Bin Laden bloke!!

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