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SPOT vs. DeLorme PN-60w GPS

Postby skyward22 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:38 am

Anyone have the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS system? How does it compare to other GPS systems you've owned with respect with features, reliability?
Any complaints?

Also, does anyone have any experience using the DeLorme inReach communicator vs. the one made by Spot? Any opinion on which is better?

I originally was looking at the Spot, but it doesn't appear to have the ability to send AND receive messages, and it uses a poorer satellite system.
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Re: SPOT vs. DeLorme PN-60w GPS

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:19 pm

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Re: SPOT vs. DeLorme PN-60w GPS

Postby skyward22 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:57 am

MoapaPk wrote:http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB3/gps-recommendations-t61509-30.html
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Thanks!

After a lot of research I've decided to go with the DeLorme Earthmate GPS paired with the InReach communicator, so I'll share my reasons and a comparison with the Spot communicator so others can make a decision. Two two products essentially offer the same features, with a few differences....

Pros of InReach:
--2 way messaging/message delivery confirmation
--better sattelite coverage (Iridium sattelite network)

Pros of Spot:
--better battery life (7-10 days vs. 60 hours for InReach)
--better social connectivity (tracking sent to Google Maps, Facebook integration, SPOT Adventures account)

Now, both devices offer SOS messaging, remote tracking, check-in/OK messaging, custom messages, and social networking integration. The InReach however provides two way messaging with the ability to receive messages. In a true rescue situation wouldn't you want to know when rescuers were due to arrive, or if they needed to communicate to you that a helicopter can't make it to your GPS point but if you moved 1/2 mile/500 feet down in elevation that they could attempt the rescue? Just knowing someone received the message and a rescue is being initiated is a lot of peace of mind. Aside from that, most reviews of the Spot indicate that message delivery is just that, spotty, with some messages not going through at all. The better battery life of the Spot communicator is a plus, but if you carry one pair of extra AA lithium batteries weighing 1oz the InReach goes to 120 hours (5 days and gets closer to matching the Spot). The 60 hour battery life was tested sending a track point every 10 minutes, so its battery life with more conservative use is probably even better. Note: the InReach is heavier, 8oz vs the Spot's 4oz. Still much lighter than a sattelite phone, and I could picture a windy storm white-out situation at 18,000 feet where no one would be able to hear me talking on the sattelite phone whereas texts can easily be typed and read.
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Re: SPOT vs. DeLorme PN-60w GPS

Postby awilsondc » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:05 am

Thanks for the update Tobe. I too have been looking into getting a system like this. I'm glad to hear you've decided on the InReach since that is the one that looks like the best option to me too. I'll be getting one as well in the near future. Hearing your reasoning on why you like it over the SPOT helps make me feel like I'm making the right choice.
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Re: SPOT vs. DeLorme PN-60w GPS

Postby skyward22 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:12 am

I have also looked at the PBLs as was suggested per users on another forum. PBLs--personal locating beacons--are supposedly more realiable and quicker to initiate rescue transmit signals as they rely on military sattelites, not privately owned ones like those used by SPOT and DeLorme. These PBLs transmit the SOS signal directly to the US Air Force or NOAA.

The only drawback to the PBLs is that again, they don't allow the two-way communication. With the flood of people using these devices, it may be helpful to have 2 way communication if nothing else for the purpose of informing your rescuers that it is a real rescue. There have been many incidents in the past few years where people have inadvertently activated a PBL or done so in non-emergent situations. If this becomes the norm (think car alarm sensitivity) we may see SAR teams overburdened, underfunded, and unable to respond to true emergencies.
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