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    ****ing fact.

    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a294829.pdf

    Quote Originally Posted by sinister View Post
    Iridium, INMARSAT, and Qualcomm all share the same features: expensive and possibly getting bumped during high-saturation crises.

    HF is far cheaper and has a much higher probability for making and maintaining emergency comms at the individual level. HAMs run low-power field days annually, and the Military Amateur Radio Service (MARS) is made up of guys who LIVE for emergencies where they can help.
    Buy a 6920 and get a life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinister View Post
    Iridium, INMARSAT, and Qualcomm all share the same features: expensive and possibly getting bumped during high-saturation crises.

    HF is far cheaper and has a much higher probability for making and maintaining emergency comms at the individual level. HAMs run low-power field days annually, and the Military Amateur Radio Service (MARS) is made up of guys who LIVE for emergencies where they can help.
    Post #2 in this very thread
    https://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?p=2554181

    I saw it first hand onsite during Katrina. Red Cross aid workers with unusable satphones leveraging the 2m simplex network we implemented upon arrival on site. With my HF links back to various HQs.

    Sat phone may work in small scale incidents, but anyone banking on it always working will find themselves just like cellular users. (Also BTDT in multiple disasters, you can't count on cellular, even COWs until way late)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defaultmp3 View Post
    Check out this cute, little thing: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/592606

    I'm guessing typing out a message on it will blow, but should be fairly painless if you have your smartphone paired.
    Get the Earthmate app and you can type messages from your phone which send through the garmin. I use one of the first models (inReach) for when I go hunt backcountry elk.

    Only problem with that system is that you have to maintain a subscription to use it and while you may be able to get a message out, I have to wonder if the person you send it to will be able to receive and/or view the message...unless they also have a garmin/inReach device.

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