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Old 30-10-2020, 10:16   #1
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Distress signal registry

My son in law who works for Garmin just purchased for me a Garmin InReach Mini Handheld GPS Satellite Communicator. It includes the ability to send out a distress signal. I read somewhere "maybe here" that the Coast Guard likes to have these devices registered so they know who they are dealing with should they get a distress signal. He has already registered it with the monitoring agency, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). Can anyone tell me if I still need to register it with the USCG directly or will his registration cover it. Thanks ahead of time for your input
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:18   #2
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Re: Distress signal registry

There are two broad categories of these devices, the first being PLBs, EPIRBs, etc. and the second being satellite messengers such as the inReach.

The first is more "formal" (e.g. uses government satellite constellations, is organized by international treaty, etc.) and you are required to register such beacons with the proper registry in your home country (NOAA in the US).

The second are consumer devices that use commercial satellite networks to communicate. The only registration involved with them is whichever arrangement you have with the service provider such as Garmin; they are not integrated into the government registries. Note that I make no claim here about which is more reliable, and I take any such claims with a very large grain of salt.

In both cases there is usually some sort of emergency notes or additional details text field you can fill in with vessel or trip details. Best is to "always leave a note", and one template you can use is this float plan which you can then leave with your emergency contact; they will then be able to provide such information if needed.
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Re: Distress signal registry

I register my eperb not my InReach
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