And I have now received and activated my DeLorme InReach SE. There are some negative reviews
out there about activation and firmware upgrades, but all went perfectly well by following clear instructions. For the firmware upgrade, you need to connect an USB cable and install a browser plugin. I use a Mac laptop
and can't tell how easy this is with Windows; probably a pain like always. DeLorme shows Macs in all their brochures too.
My problem is that I know too much about computers
and from scanning reviews
already know that Windows users with problems are using security software
that blocks the plugin etc. Mac users don't have that.
The InReach SE works when I put it behind the windshield in my motorhome but a but further in the signals get blocked by all the A/C's and gadgets. When I walk outside to a clear view of the sky, operation is instant.
I opted for the Safety
subscription which is $9.95 per month.
I need more experience before I can say if this could replace a PLB. I first want to see how reliable it is.
Together with the PLB, I now spent $550.- on the two safety
gadgets plus I have the $10 per month subscription fee, for which I get to send 10 messages per month for fun besides unlimited safety traffic. Not a bad deal compared to what I paid 11 years ago for my EPIRB that I will destroy.