personal emergency beacon — SPOT, PLB

Very interesting device. Uses a commercial satellite system to read your GPS position, then relay it to family or friends with either just an “I’m OK check-in” to a request for help to a 911 alert.

A caveat and disclaimer. I know nothing about this device or its service yet. Check this Amazon 1-star rating from an emergency rescue person.


Whether you’re casting for cutthroat on the Snake River, fighting a swordfish on the Mediterranean, or outwaiting pike on the distant Maine ice, you’re never out of communications range with Spot. There are many ways to stay connected with ease. Send a message to loved ones that you’re OK with just a push of a button while you’re waiting for the next bite. Save your location to record the best areas for your next angling adventure. You can send your exact location and a request for help to friends and family or even send a 911 message to get emergency help right away. And because Spot uses satellite technology, your signal is strong worldwide.


Then see this page on personal emergency beacons that use the Air Force operated 406Mhz service. Lots of info on items such as the McMurdo FasfFind Max G PLB 406 EPIRB with GPS:

The Fastfind Max G Personal Location Beacon is the very latest products from McMurdo designed to provide individuals with the highest chance of being found quickly in an emergency. The Fastfind Max-G is a revolutionary hand-held PLB (Personal Location Beacon) that features a built-in GPS receiver (Global Positioning System) combined with a 406 MHz transmitter and 121.5 MHz homing signal. In the event of an emergency, an alert signal is transmitted to COSPAS-SARSAT satellites and forwarded to a rescue coordination center within typically 3 minutes. The built-in GPS receiver will provide latitude and longitude coordinates to give a position to within typically 98 feet anywhere in the world. The Fastfind Max-G comes complete with lanyard and designer splashproof carry case to enable users to keep the PLB safely attached at all times.

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About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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