Originally Posted by Don C L
Oh one more thing, is there an app to let others on shore see my position if I am running the transceiver?
Basically no because it would have to have cell or WiFi
connection both of which are unpredictable to no existent on anything more than a lake. You can use spot connect, under $150 for the unit plus about $50 sub's per year but it works as an EPIRB
and allows you to send (but not recieve) short text messegaes and send your position via satalite. Works anywhere and reliability
is good although it did fail to get through during super storm sandy - but then so do everything else!
The issue about the radio
waypoints. I looked at the spec seams you can't enter a waypoint that is more than 30miles from your current
position. The built in GPS
is not meant to work as a navigator but rarther to provide a fix for the radio
, much like the ones in an EPIRB
I took the plung and order the watchmate 850. The next leg is through Panama
and I don't have crew yet...
Makes you think though when I first started sailing offshore
we had a VHF
and DECCA (which never worked) A tiller pilot that did not even display the course and the who was powered from a single
125a/h car battery
. J remember on one occasion sailing into the beach until we could read the sight on a cafe to find out where we where, aiming for Holland
, found Belgum, not so far out we thought, only 15miles to the border. It had been a rough crossing... How times change but the odd thing is there re still seems yo be just as many calls for SAR support.