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[*] posted on 8-21-2022 at 11:11 PM


Quote: Originally posted by RFClark  
Inteach is like zoleo both work on the Iridium satellite system to send and receive texts.


Zoleo is very good, and cheaper. InReach is better.

- InReach can send messages without a phone. If your phone dies (battery dies, gets wet, lost, etc.), Zoleo is done, no 2-way communications.

- InReach battery is smaller but better

- InReach connects to more networks, so it is faster to send/receive messages.

You get what you pay for.



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[*] posted on 8-22-2022 at 06:18 AM


Having used inReach (Explorer) a lot during my Baja Bound mapping trips (2017-2019), I found it to be a perfect device to communicate to email addresses, or texting to phone numbers. Yes, it can pair with your cell phone for quicker typing, larger screen, and contact anyone in your contacts folder. It uses satellites not cell towers, so it works anywhere outside or in your car. I regularly communicated with Doug (BajaNomad), TW, StuckSucks, and other Nomads, plus my wife. They all could see where I was as I allowed them to follow my location. It creates track maps for you to view later, as well.

Nomad 'rob' at Playas Pacificas (La Aguja) took my photo (Aug. 2017) holding my inReach and connected cell phone, as that is how I was invited to visit him and 'bajalinda'...



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[*] posted on 8-22-2022 at 08:41 AM


thanks for your help David!
you were the only one responding

after setting up emergency camp I wanted to run some tests and went under the hood
found the ignition main cable dangling in the air
just had the car back from a shop
apparently they did not click the connector all the way down
guess, I have to find a better shop

more later

ignition cable off 800.jpg - 314kB




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[*] posted on 8-22-2022 at 09:44 AM


Great that the solution was an easy fix. It must have been frustrating to hear your starter motor turn over but not start the engine!?

I am always happy to help any Nomad get the word out they need assistance.

Anybody with a Spot or the superior inReach device, is welcome to add me to their device or cell contacts. Being fully retired, I am home a lot more now... plus my cell phone also can check the Internet for emails or texts. Just u2u or email me. I can post your message onto Nomad & Facebook where more eyes might see it.

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[*] posted on 8-22-2022 at 12:49 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Great that the solution was an easy fix. It must have been frustrating to hear your starter motor turn over but not start the engine!?

I am always happy to help any Nomad get the word out they need assistance.

Anybody with a Spot or the superior inReach device, is welcome to add me to their device or cell contacts. Being fully retired, I am home a lot more now... plus my cell phone also can check the Internet for emails or texts. Just u2u or email me. I can post your message onto Nomad & Facebook where more eyes might see it.

[Edited on 8-22-2022 by David K]


That's a generous offer david good on ya!
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[*] posted on 8-22-2022 at 01:21 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Great that the solution was an easy fix. It must have been frustrating to hear your starter motor turn over but not start the engine!?

I am always happy to help any Nomad get the word out they need assistance.

Anybody with a Spot or the superior inReach device, is welcome to add me to their device or cell contacts. Being fully retired, I am home a lot more now... plus my cell phone also can check the Internet for emails or texts. Just u2u or email me. I can post your message onto Nomad & Facebook where more eyes might see it.

[Edited on 8-22-2022 by David K]


I'm going to take you up on this!





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[*] posted on 8-22-2022 at 02:01 PM


But of course...! Other Nomads, like Graham, Mike Younghusband, geoffff, and Pappy Jon, have gotten assistance via the 'Baja Connection' (what Choral Pepper named me over twenty years ago)!





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[*] posted on 8-22-2022 at 04:21 PM


I'll probably join the InReach crowd before I head out next summer. I realized that most of the time in Wyoming this summer no one knew where I was, or where I was going. Probably not wise when you're travelling all alone and dozens of miles from any town.

I'm probably much to blame as I tend to not bother making contact in general. I'm on vacation!

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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 06:48 AM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by RFClark  
Inteach is like zoleo both work on the Iridium satellite system to send and receive texts.


Zoleo is very good, and cheaper. InReach is better.

- InReach can send messages without a phone. If your phone dies (battery dies, gets wet, lost, etc.), Zoleo is done, no 2-way communications.

- InReach battery is smaller but better

- InReach connects to more networks, so it is faster to send/receive messages.

You get what you pay for.



[Edited on 8-22-2022 by JZ]
So whats best on dirt bike JZ as we never have support truck?
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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 09:30 AM


Quote: Originally posted by bajatrailrider  
[/rquote] So whats best on dirt bike JZ as we never have support truck?


Both InReach and Zoleo are great. Both are very small and rugged.

Zoleo is a good bit cheaper. InReach can work even when your phone dies.





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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 10:23 AM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by bajatrailrider  
[/rquote] So whats best on dirt bike JZ as we never have support truck?


Both InReach and Zoleo are great. Both are very small and rugged.

Zoleo is a good bit cheaper. InReach can work even when your phone dies.



Trail rider, be sure and compare the service plans of the two devices!

An annual plan might make sense for you, but for someone like me only needs tracking once or twice a year for three to six weeks at a time, an annual contract is not worth it (unless it actually saves my butt!).

With the Zoleo plan, add a $20 start up fee to however many months you need service. At least that is what I think I got from a quick read of their plan.




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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 10:35 AM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by bajatrailrider  
[/rquote] So whats best on dirt bike JZ as we never have support truck?


Both InReach and Zoleo are great. Both are very small and rugged.

Zoleo is a good bit cheaper. InReach can work even when your phone dies.



Trail rider, be sure and compare the service plans of the two devices!

An annual plan might make sense for you, but for someone like me only needs tracking once or twice a year for three to six weeks at a time, an annual contract is not worth it (unless it actually saves my butt!).

With the Zoleo plan, add a $20 start up fee to however many months you need service. At least that is what I think I got from a quick read of their plan.


Is that a one time $20 activation fee, and then just subscribe for a month or two when you plan to travel? Or, $20 activation every time?
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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 10:37 AM


The way it sounded to me was every time you re-start. I did a very wquick read of the link I found, let me know if I was wrong.



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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 10:43 AM


Inreach service levels can be changed on a monthly basis.





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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 10:54 AM


I used the Inreach on my PCT hike and it worked good, nice to be able to let the wife know all was well. Many times I was out of service for several days at a time.
You can stop and start your plan every month or 30 days. Mine is on hold but when I head to Baja I will start it up again. No charge to start and stop usage and only a one-time activation charge. For about $40 dollars a year you can get emergency evacuation insurance to cover you just in case.
Many of us hiking would use it to stay in touch with each other in remote areas. If we got separated, we could message each other if we were camping apart for the night.
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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 11:50 AM


That sure was a good ending 4x4!

David, I have sat in that exact same spot at that table! Such a beautiful location Linda and Rob are at.





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[*] posted on 8-23-2022 at 12:04 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaBlanca  
That sure was a good ending 4x4!

David, I have sat in that exact same spot at that table! Such a beautiful location Linda and Rob are at.


It sure is... and how great for them that their lots are selling a a remote, off-grid community is growing! www.playaspacificas.com (tell them David K says 'hi'!)




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[*] posted on 8-26-2022 at 02:43 AM


Advrider mentioned emergency evacuation insurance, which is on my list of things to look into. Does anyone know of a reputable company they would recommend? Thanks in advance.
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[*] posted on 8-27-2022 at 10:15 AM


I just noticed on youtube a video about a proposed collaboration between starlink and tmobile where your existing cell phone can be made to access the starlink satellites and give worldwide communication to everyone. It is not available now but maybe in the not too distant future. Could be a game changer for a lot of people.
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[*] posted on 8-27-2022 at 11:34 AM


Quote: Originally posted by larryC  
I just noticed on youtube a video about a proposed collaboration between starlink and tmobile where your existing cell phone can be made to access the starlink satellites and give worldwide communication to everyone. It is not available now but maybe in the not too distant future. Could be a game changer for a lot of people.
Here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGA9-Rz96FM


the emergency communication stuff is sufficient - updates and easier use are cool
however, the main problem is to get help to where you are (if you are way off main routes)
there are large areas in Baja where that could take days
unless the feds send a helicopter

but since some gringos have abused the system already (right on MEX1 with minor injuries) the feds are more and more reluctant send the chopper




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