Best communication devices?

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  1. jtaustin

    jtaustin Member

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    We use Rinos. Great knowing where my son is anytime. Also carry satfone for emergencies. We're in the Elk Mtns of Colorado.
     
  2. aaronoto

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    Usually carry a set of cheap 2 way radios, but they aren't reliable. Ran a Garmin inReach this last year and don't think I'll run anything else at this point!
     
  3. Salmonchaser

    Salmonchaser Well-Known Member

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    I will
     
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  4. Draftmule

    Draftmule Member

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    Old and new Inreach Pro plan.
     
  5. whirlwindjml

    whirlwindjml Well-Known Member

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    Ham is interesting but arnt you skrewed in remote areas without repeaters?
     
  6. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Used marine for years small one for hunting 5w and you get 25 w in the vehicle.Lot of cat hunters etc use that Ive been around.You can reach 3-5 miles in mtns quite often and 3 times that sometimes with vehicle
     
  7. whirlwindjml

    whirlwindjml Well-Known Member

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    Marine is better for sure but can get you a big fine (non water use). I am considering it for emergency use in my truck.
     
  8. Methow Packer

    Methow Packer Well-Known Member

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    I agree the Rhino gps is good and the mapping is even better. They’re about the best for that kind of use. I also use Garmin/ Delorme Inreach units. I’m twenty miles away from cell reception while packing in the summer. I can always talk to my wife, family and other packers with ease. But that costs about $30 a month when I activate it. Worth it to me plus SOS if needed
     
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  9. gjk5

    gjk5 Well-Known Member

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    True, but it seems like the longest range radio option with the most aftermarket and accessory support from what I am seeing, plus the skills and tech overlap a lot of useful scenarios. Around here there are a lot of repeaters, if I was going to go true wilderness hunt where it would not work at all I would go the Inreach route
     
  10. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    #1 on the Garmin Rhino.

    Even the Army Rangers use them in Afghanistan to keep track of patrols so there is no chance of friendly fire and so they know where the other patrol is if the patrol is in trouble in a firefight and needs a QRF.

    Eric B.