Copy/paste from FB:
Real talk- PLB’s… I just bid on and won an ACR SARlink beacon for $25. It’s prob got an expired battery, but that is $125-$160 to fix, better than $300 (new price).
Anybody here carry a PLB? And I’m not talking SPOT or InReach, but a real deal 406mhz unit. I had an InReach long enough to do some reading, get buyers remorse and sell it. Never again.
For those that don’t know the difference… SPOT and INREACH are glorified satphones, without the calling capability. You pay it the ass in monthly fees ($10-$50 a month!) for an already pricey device. You are limited in what you can send/receive. And with those, if you need help, you will likely be paying for that too, as they don’t utilise the global search and rescue network but often private firms.
The Arc devices have no registration fees, no monthly subscription, and generally you won’t have to pay for being rescued… Plus they use three different methods to triangulate/communicate your position to SAR personnel, which is better that the one the others above use.
If you actually have to USE an Arc device, they will replace it free of charge.