Originally Posted by Barrowboy
Are you receiving any positive feedback from the manufacturer about whether this feature is likely to be incorporated in the next generation of PLBs?
I swopped a few emails with GME and they "were considering" my feedback for future models. The approval of PLB's for use on land, places still more emphasis on the issue of user "monitoring" of the unit.
Being stuck on a mountain, in a storm, with an injured collegue, your decision to stay or seek help may be dictated by your activated PLB feeding back information to you that its operating and broadcasting correctly.
Until the Sat system itself changes to allow reception as well as broadcast,
improvements should be made to units to visually show that they are successfully transmitting, that they have adequate battery life, transmission hours left etc. Positive re-inforcement is great in those situations, but equally if a unit isn't functioning properly, the sooner you find out the better.
Modifications to the design cost money, and bring up the unit cost in a competitive market place, but the first manufacturer that does so will get my money for sure.