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Nigel Ingram and his buddy were lost at sea off dover for 32 hours
I one of Andy Aberys group was lost for 8 hours?
I was lost in the middle of the English Chanell after diving the Moldavia when a F3 turned into a F6-8 whilst I was underwater
I think I was on the surface for just an hour, it felt like 10
My underpants were beyond saving
I baught a PLB after that
Originally Posted by AndrewRawlingson
With the old type perhaps but the new satellite ones will notify every one its an SOS even passing plains. And it transmits a GPS coordinate along with your name and your chosen sport IE Diver Mountain climber etc.
I take my one with me when out on my KTM in case I crash somewhere remote. I must update them that I dive but also ride a KTM or they could be looking for a diver in the middle of a forest
Originally Posted by LearnerDiver
Any pic of the case? Still making them? What do you charge please?
So I want a PLB that I can use for diving and for adventure trips - I tend to walk/climb alone or just with my dog (who is useless with anything that requires manual dexterity) and I am happy with that but occasionally I feel a bit exposed when I am a long way off what passes for the beaten track here - even on a popular route you may not see another person for weeks. So I am looking for recommendations for a PLB. They all seem to cost an arm and a leg to change the battery so I guess that in effect you buy one with the longest possible life remaining and bin it (figuratively not literally - "this is the Coastguard are you in difficulties in a tip in Bedford?") once its service life is up - I assume that the really cheap ones on line have been in stock for a while and are near the end of their battery life. I would like something that is reasonably light as I expect to carry the thing up mountains more than take it diving and I guess I need to factor in a case to take it diving. Recommendations? I quite like the look of the Ocean Signal but I may be a muppet and I guess its form factor means that a dive case is going to be "difficult" and the "mars bar" shape of the basic McMurdo unit is more practical for divers.
Last edited by Energy58; 12-11-2018 at 05:23 PM.
The Ocean Signal is shorter than the McMurdo ones but slightly wider - a McMurdo canisters would be minimum 58mm inside diameter, Ocean Signal would require 60.5mm, Ocean Signal is 29mm shorter
Originally Posted by Energy58
By the time you have put them in a dive canister the outside dimensions would be almost the same but the height would be slightly less for the Ocean Signal
Battery changes at five or six year intervals are around the £80 mark for replacement battery, top cover, antennae, and testing so not that bad compared to £200+ for a new PLB - random search link with info and prices for battery replacement: https://www.sparesmarine.co.uk/mcmur...ery-servicing/
McMurdo seem to be more common based on the number of different canisters I've made, but there are loads of different types and sizes around
There are also other options such as the Spot Tracker: https://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=101 & https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spot-GEN3-S.../dp/B00C8S8S4W for boat and land use but its not a PLB and doesn't have full service worldwide
Re: cost - anyone who has been "lost at sea", myself included will tell you that the cost of the unit and battery replacements is pretty much irrelevant.
My point was not about the emergency signal being received, but who is going to rescue you. Many of the smaller countries in the south Pacific for example don't have the means to rescue a diver who is drifting in open ocean. An international response may happen, but it will take time to organise and may arrive too late. I'm not saying don't carry a PLB, it may be your best and only chance, but doesn't guarantee a good outcome.
Originally Posted by Mark Chase
engage brain, assume the idiots will lose you given half a chance and navigate your way back to the entry point then stick up a big flag and point a bright torch at them and give them a long blast with one of these to wake them up. https://www.leisurepro.com/p-aquda/d...gnaling-device no battery or electronics required.
Originally Posted by frogfone
and an AIS such as the nautilus or mcmurdo smartfind S10 most modern plotters will put you up on the screen with a direction and rate of drift.
I have one of those - never used in anger, but we tried it out during rescue scenarios in training and its very very loud - much more effective than a whistle
Originally Posted by MikeF