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DeLorme AG-008727-201 InReach Explorer Two Way Satellite Communicator with Built in Navigation
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- Create or view a route, drop waypoints, see your tracks, and navigate with the on-screen map view.
- View route details such as trip distance and bearing to destination. Equipped with a digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer.
- Plan your route online ahead of time, including waypoints, and share it with family and friends to follow along and watch your progress.
- Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide and post updates to social media.
- Trigger an SOS, receive a delivery confirmation, and communicate back and forth with our 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center.
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Getting Away From It All Is Only Great If You Get Back.
The world's first satellite communicator with built-in navigation. Navigate, create waypoints, log your trip and find your way back. Send and receive text messages. Trigger an interactive SOS. Plan, track and share your journey. Pair it with your mobile device to access topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts.
Trigger an SOS in an emergency and have a two-way text conversation with GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitering center. With inReach, you will know that your SOS alert has been received and help is on the way with message confirmation. GEOS works with local authorities to coordinate the proper response. GEOS will communicate with you, keeping you informed of ETA as well as staying up on the current situation. True peace of mind amidst a crisis.
Truly Global Coverage
The DeLorme inReach is powered by Iridium, which commands the world’s farthest-reaching commercial satellite constellation. Needless to say, you don’t want to gamble with your life on one-way networks, delays or coverage gaps. Oh, and it’s the only satellite network that provides complete global coverage and two-way communication.
The Complete inReach Experience: Plan. Go. Share.
Prepare for your adventure in advance on the Explore portal. Create multiple color-coded routes and waypoints ahead of time. Load contacts for easy, quick messaging, create preset messages and link to your social media accounts. With exclusive access to our Earthmate mobile app, download free topo maps and U.S. NOAA charts to your mobile device.
Send and receive text messages, enable tracking and transmit your location anywhere from 10 minutes to 4 hours. In an emergency, trigger an interactive SOS. Pair with your mobile device to use the Earthmate mobile app. Navigate and view or create waypoints and routes. View key trip statistics, including trip distance, maximum speed, moving average and an odometer. Find your way back with a detailed breadcrumb trail.
Give family or friends peace of mind by sharing your journey via MapShare. Trip details include GPS coordinates, course, elevation and speed. Allow others to ping your inReach for your location information. Exchange messages with others via MapShare. Embed your MapShare on websites, blogs and social media. Share your planned route, actual tracks, and waypoints.
Only inReach users get free access to our Earthmate app in paired mode with a smartphone or tablet. Earthmate includes unlimited topographic map and U.S. NOAA chart downloads and allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your mobile device.
Send and Receive Text Messages
Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide and post updates to social media. 100% global coverage through Iridium.
Trigger an Interactive SOS
Trigger an SOS, receive a delivery confirmation, and communicate back and forth with our 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, customizing the help you need.
Create or view a route, drop waypoints, see your tracks, and navigate with the on-screen map view. View route details such as distance and bearing to destination.
Equipped with a digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer.
|inReach Explorer||inReach SE|
|Navigation Features (Digital Compass, Track Logging, Detailed Trip Stats)||✓||No|
|Waypoint Creation & Sharing||✓||No|
|Route Planning & Sharing||✓||No|
|100% Global Coverage||✓||✓|
|Two-Way Text Messaging (160 Characters)||✓||✓|
|Two-Way Global SOS||✓||✓|
|Message Delivery Confirmation||✓||✓|
|GPS Tracking, Sharing and Pinging||✓||✓|
|Message Delivery Confirmation||✓||✓|
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The inReach Explorer operates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite communications and high network reliability anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas. The brand new inReach Explorer can help you create, plan, and navigate routes with an easy to use waypoint system and the ability to view bearing and distance to destination. With the ability to maintain satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments, the inReach Explorer also offers global SOS capabilities, adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to 4 hours, and remote real-time follow-me/find-me tracking and ping-me locating. In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to describe and update their situation so proper resources can be deployed. With 90% of the world’s surface lacking mobile phone coverage, inReach Explorer is essential gear for the traveller or outdoor adventurer to keep them connected and safe anywhere in the world. The inReach range of devices are the only affordable satellite communication devices that can both send and receive text messages.
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Once on the leeward side, I experienced several rotor induced (full) collapses of my wing but somehow recovered from each and eventually landed out far, FAR away from the landing zone due to the strength of the prevailing wind - no one knew where I ended up.
The sun was setting when I finally touched down in no-mans land and NO one knew where I had ended up as I was on the wrong side of a very tall mountain range. After an hour and a half of battling the conditions, I finally was on landing approach - flying backwards at this point due to the wind velocity but in spite of this I was not hurt on my landing. I ended up in the middle of a secluded tall sagebrush forest- unhurt and therefore did not want to send a generic evac SOS for obvious reasons (to include a $10k expense for search and rescue helicopter) so I was glad I had a device that could communicate with the outside world in real time - my ability to do a two-way chat with my contacts not only automatically gave them specifics as to my exact location via a Delorme map hyper link, but provided me GREAT peace of mind as I didn't ever feel completely alone or hopeless as I was able to converse, albeit texting.
Unlike Spot, with my Delorme Explorer, I was able to contact several people in my contact list and explain my situation and they were able to reply back accordingly and with updates as to my 'rescue' all via satellite as cell phone contact was non-existent. Having said that, my iphone was invaluable due to the Delorme Earthmate app I downloaded - no cell reception required, as the Explorer and smart phone communicate via bluetooth. The smartphone Earthmate app gets all it's pertinent info via the Explorer bluetooth connection such as detailed maps and longitude/latitude and much more. This enabled me to see a map of exactly where I was at looking at my smart phone's bigger and color screen.
Just as important, the Earthmate app (free download with Delorme subscription, btw) enabled me to easily and quickly send lengthy text messages through the linked app which cannot be overstated. Though the Explorer has the ability to create texts stand-alone, it takes quite a while if sending lengthy messages (scroll over - click, scroll down - click, scroll up - click, etc.etc), so the messages are created on the smart phone, like a normal text, then sent to the Explorer via bluetooth and then up to the satellites, pretty slick and VERY quick!! My contacts got my messages within 20 seconds on average - about the same on the return message from them. Along with each text message, my contacts received a map link so they knew exactly where to find me. I was so lost that I had to build a fire knowing it would take someone a few hours or even all night to find me, but they finally did thanks to my Explorer sending them real time map info - took a few hours they drove straight to my coordinates.
Bottom line, if I hadn't had my Explorer with me (nearly left it in my truck), I can just about guarantee I may not have ever been found - at least not until it was too late as I had no water, unforgiving rocky terrain, no direct roads out and a healthy population of wolves and mountain lions in the area. Thanks Delorme - I will always include you in my adventures from this point forward - cause you just never know when might be painted into an unforgiving corner.
Important: When you buy this unit, recognize that you are also buying into a service program supplied by Delorme, and it requires purchasing a plan. You can buy a 30 day plan, and let the unit then sit in your drawer indefinitely until you want to use it again. Or you can buy a yearly plan and pay a lower fee. See the screen shot and then do a search for Delorme Inreach Plans and you can see your options.
Pro's 1) Every 10 minute tracking for a low $34.95 per month. See the screen shot of a recent trip of mine. I post this to Facebook and people can go on the site and see me anytime live. 2) SOS - Want the helicopters to come? They will, but either pay for the insurance or pay the price when the rescue you. This does not take the place on my boats of an EPIRB, but it does make for a redundancy and you can communicate with the coast guard (email or text!) 3) Send texts to your loved one's phone. Its simple and fast. 4) Send an email to anyone even the delorme CEO! 5) Get the weather and get weather predictions for 24, 48 or 72 hours for a specific GPS fix. Winds, Temp, Precip, Direction etc. 6) Use the bluetooth on the unit and easily connect to your tablet or computer for much easier input. 7) The unit is fairly weather resistant. Its not 100% waterproof, but I have been completely submerged in rogue waves on deck with the delorme on me, and it stays working. I also am in harsh environments at sea and it shows not corrosion of any metals like the Mini SD charger port. None. I bought the floatation case for it, and Its worth it.
Cons 1) It is both a communication tool and an emergency device. Delorme has on its site a way to put in information if someone comes and saves you like your insurance info, medicine, key contacts and telephone number, medical history......Important stuff yes? Well, Delorme did not protect this information and a hacker stole this information on March 15th of last year. Here is an excerpt - "The company said the hackers may have obtained inReach customers’ names, mailing addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and, in some cases, dates of birth and information for emergency contacts. No other information, including financial information, was exposed, the company said, and the hack affected only inReach communicator accounts that were opened in the period from July 30, 2014, to March 5." I wrote a note to the CEO of the company asking what they would do to protect their customers from this information but he choose to not respond. Delorme sent at the time that this hack occurred but did not provide any assistance. 2) The last screen shot is what is on my screen today. The network is down. This means that if you are relying on this system today, It will not work. You must inform the people that you are communicating with that if communication shows no activity, it does not mean an emergency. This is on the Iridium network that Delorme (Garmin) pays for. If their system goes down, your service does as well. (you do not get a refund of lost time) 3) The interface to input text to the Delorme directly is just like the one on Netflix as you have to move around the screen to choose letters. I recommend using a bluetooth tablet or phone (andrioid or IOS works) when you have a lot of work to do.
Overall I would recommend this unit. The plan is very flexible. Delorme is not too responsive however.
*** BEWARE: THE SERVICE IS A SCAM ***
Here's what happened. I am a Pilot and thought this would be a nice addition to my flight bag. I setup the service and selected the minimal service option since I expected to use it infrequently. My credit card expired during my service contract and Delorme sent me an email that I found in my Outlook Spam folder informing me that my service was deactivated. These things happen so I called the next day (within 12 hours of their email) to give them the new credit card number and restore the service. I was SHOCKED to be informed that since my service had lapsed they would require me to pay all of the remaining payments on my contract term - (around $149) - in order for me to open a new contract on the device. Ok, I thought - I'll pre-pay the rest of my contract - my card DID expire and I forgot this was one of the automatic monthly payments going out on that card.
The very friendly rep then informed me that I would not be pre-paying the remaining payments but rather paying out the initial contract so that I could then re-subscribe under a new contract.
*** if your credit card expires.... and you don't remember to update it.... you will pay a lump sum equal to ALL your remaining service months and receive NO SERVICE for those payments. ***
*** If you don't pay they "lock" your device and send you to a collection agency ***
Did they copy this from an early 90s cell phone contract? I'm pretty sure this would be an illegal consumer contract, however, for under $200 it's not worth calling my attorney. I just want to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else.
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