I am planning to upgrade my GPS from a wrist-based Garmin Foretrex 401 to a handheld (either the 66st or 66i). I’m also planning to add some type of personal locator capability, e.g., the ACR RescueME PLB1.
The vast majority of my activations are solo, and I’m frequently in remote areas without cell service. Would I be better served with a separate PLB device or am I overlooking the value in also having 2 way comm?
My spouse doesn’t need real-time breadcrumbs to track my progress, but might be freaked out if he doesn’t hear from me for more than a day. A month ago I broke my ankle en route to an activation. Fortunately I remained ambulatory (actually thought it was just a bad sprain, and kept activating all week ;-)) so not an ER, but maybe a situation where non-ER messages would be helpful.
The 66i rolls nav, satcomm and SOS messaging into one unit (subscription required to use comm and SOS). The 66st is just nav, and the PLB1 only sends a one way ER message with GPS info (no subscription required).
Thanks for any guidance you can provide.
73 Paula k9ir