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  Reply # 1703028 14-Jan-2017 06:32
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it seems like you are pretty worried about this, so you should go with the only technology that will work in those situations no matter what. Get a Sat Phone.




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  Reply # 1703050 14-Jan-2017 08:58
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In Australia, channels 5 and 35 are officially allocated for emergency purposes and ACREM is the organization that monitors them.

 

May be NZ should have something similar? I think that AREC has all the required equipment and experience to support an emergency channel on PRS/CB. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1703971 16-Jan-2017 10:25
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In Australia, channels 5 and 35 are officially allocated for emergency purposes and ACREM is the organization that monitors them.

 

May be NZ should have something similar? I think that AREC has all the required equipment and experience to support an emergency channel on PRS/CB. 

 

 

Why not ask AREC in NZ if they would do it? They are always open for suggestions. From a Radio Industry point of view PRS in NZ is a pain! and will never gain much traction even from a Radio Manufacture point just not that viable in the country. 

 

Amateurs (Hams) are actually pretty active in NZ on all their frequencies. If you are really interested in radio then get involved with them http://www.nzart.org.nz/ 


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  Reply # 1704448 17-Jan-2017 07:26
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I looked up the price of airtime for a satellite phone's and airtime

An Iridium phone starts at $2,000

For the plan, this looks to be one of the cheaper ones

http://www.pivotel.co.nz/iridium_plans

Minimum cost over two years NZ $960

short call $4

SMS 0.60

So kind of an expensive option. However if it helps someone sleep better at night, why not?

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  Reply # 1704541 17-Jan-2017 10:30
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The SPOT GPS Satellite tracker isn't really built for disasters.

But it can send a predefined message of "I'm OK" with your GPS location to predefined people. A "help me" message however will be passed to authorities only, I believe.

It also allows predefined people to see your position on a map.

It connects to a satellite, so not affected by phone network outages.

Considerably cheaper than a satellite phone, but consider by some as a "toy", since it has limited battery life.

Here's a tramper forum discussing it use in NZ

https://tramper.nz/?view=topic&id=534



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  Reply # 1706819 21-Jan-2017 09:09
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Why not ask AREC in NZ if they would do it? They are always open for suggestions. From a Radio Industry point of view PRS in NZ is a pain! and will never gain much traction even from a Radio Manufacture point just not that viable in the country. 

 

Well, I think that it would be better if such the suggestion comes from a number of geeks rather than from a single individual.

 

It seems like not much interest in the subject however. Looks like everyone has a satellite phone or don't care or don't believe that mobile network can go down.

 

Why PRS is a pain? It's very useful and handy. I have a number of radios that we use for outdoor activities. You don't need a license. My kids can use it. A pair of baofengs costs less than 80 dollars with postage. The quality is good and I'm completely satisfied with it.  Has FM radio and torch. 

 

  


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