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Old 30 July 2013, 03:21   #1
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So what is the best PLB?

Taking everything into consideration but most importantly speed of alert and recovery, what is the best PLB for a costal ribber?

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Old 30 July 2013, 03:48   #2
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Well I use a McMurdo Fast Find.
Have no idea how good or how fast it is as I haven't had the "opportunity" to use it (yet).

Just hope I don't!
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Old 30 July 2013, 04:46   #3
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Must admit i have been putting off this one off. But after recent events i think i will have to dig deep into the pockets, especially as i run solo most of the time.
McMurdo seems to be the one. Thinking the FastFind Max (PLB) at 400 or should i go SmartFind 406 (EPIRB) at 750.
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Old 30 July 2013, 06:44   #4
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Must admit i have been putting off this one off. But after recent events i think i will have to dig deep into the pockets, especially as i run solo most of the time.
McMurdo seems to be the one. Thinking the FastFind Max (PLB) at 400 or should i go SmartFind 406 (EPIRB) at 750.

I would much rather have a PLB kept on me, either fastened to the LJ or in a waterproof bumbag along with the H/H VHF etc. PLB's are a lot smaller than EPIRB's so are less unwieldy to keep on your person.

The fact that they are cheaper too is just icing on the cake...

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There's a few to chose from on ebay I personally like the Kannad second one down

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I would also recommend that, whichever model you get, makes sure it can either float on it's own or comes with a floatation pouch.
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There's a few to chose from on ebay I personally like the Kannad second one down

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The only difference in spec. between Kannad and Fast Max is 48hrs. over 24hrs - but over twice the price.
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Go with the GPS type
Unless your planning using it on land, don't see that 24 hrs or 48 hrs will make much difference unless you have a liferaft onboard
Have been told that any GPS equipped device of this kind will take 30 mins from a cold start to find where it is in the world.
You should factor in Average cold start times when thinking of purchasing.
It should float. It should have a strobe and some active way of telling you its transmitting.
A strong pouch that can be securely attached to yourself or your LJ.
My criteria for a repeat purchase.
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Have been told that any GPS equipped device of this kind will take 30 mins from a cold start to find where it is in the world.
Go USA! "And, in the continental U.S., search and rescue personnel are typically alerted of your position in as little as five minutes with a GPS-enabled PLB such as the ResQLink+" The only question is changing zones and the GPS taking a couple of minutes to find the satellites. I doubt it would take more than 10 minutes anywhere in the world.

Personally I will get a Resqlink + PLB at some point, as it fits nicely into a depth rated canister, but more for scuba diving off an unattended boat. I already carry a depth rated VHF.
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I doubt it would take more than 10 minutes anywhere in the world.
Completely 'cold' start for GPS with no 'knowledge' of where it is likely to be is usually stated as 15 minutes. In order to get a position the device needs to receive the almanac over the air. The almanac only "lasts" months so with a PLB/EPIRB it can't be "preloaded". The entire almanac takes 12.5 minutes to be received from the satellite. And this assumes that you maintain visibility of the sky for that whole time. You can potentially save on this time if (i) you have 'in date' almanac files preloaded (not possible on a PLB) and / or (ii) you have some idea where in the world you actually are so the geometry is simplified; PLB's are sold for world wide use and certainly would expect to be in much more than say a 100km radius which might be enough to help.

Smartphones can overcome this headache by (i) downloading the almanac over GPRS/3G/4G etc signal in a fraction of a second and (ii) having a rough estimate of position from its nearest cell towers - but those luxuries don't apply to PLBs.

I guess the SPOT transmitters might have an advantage as they are already 'live' when you hit the button?
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