This message was from IBMWR I am posting it here as some of you may be interesed in a group buy of a PLB, I know Rob Nye a little after us helping a down IBR participant. Rob knows what he is doing when it comes to this type of gadgets, he is honest you will not be dissapointed in a purchase he arranges
That is My humble opinion.
here is the message
To: Subject: [BMWMc] Personal Locator Beacon
From: "Rob Nye"
Due to the recent discussions about the events surrounding the death of
James Kim and his family's ordeal in the wilderness there has been some
discussion on Personal Locator Beacons.
I mentioned on the Long Distance Riders List that I was going to look
into a group buy on a good beacon. Here is the status of this project
and what I am trying to do.
First the best device (in my opinion) is the ACR Terra Fix
. I am very familiar with ACR products, we have
them on our tankers and I have carried them on all the recreational
yachts I have been responsible for since 1978. I am happy to say that I
have been rescued thanks to an ACR EPRIB and on a separate occasion an
ACR firefly strobe.
The Terra Fix is a 406 device which means the signal is transmitted to
satellites and bounced to NOAA who then coordinates the rescue. Because
this is a 406, at the time of purchase you register the unit with NOAA
including your personal information, any medical information and a
contact number. In the event of activation of the beacon NOAA will call
the alternate number. This can be an additional life saver as the
rescue teams can be given information about what your were doing (riding
a motorcycle perhaps) and other features such as the rider wears a
HI-Viz Darien (yet another reason to wear the HI Viz).
At this time the retail price of the TerraFix is $599 w/o GPS and $699
with GPS. My thought is that the GPS is nice but perhaps not completely
necessary. The scenario where the GPS would be useful is if you want
off a road into a gully and were obscured from above. This is what
happened to Jim Young, a rider who perished in Colorado a few years ago.
It is up to the individual to decide which is better for your needs.
Without the GPS the signal is triangulated by the satellites which gives
a good fix, however there is some wait time involved. The GPS unit
transmits a position faster.
Currently ACR is offering a $75 rebate for units purchased from a
retailer before December 31. I am working with supplier of safety
equipment that I have known for years on offering a little discount
which combined with the rebate could make this a very good buy. Any
arrangement I can set up will be direct between the purchaser and LRS
(my vendor), I will get no fee, or kickback from this deal other than
the chance of a more discounted unit.
What I need to do is get a feel for exactly how much interest there is
in this program. It would be a one shot deal with the purchase having
to be made by the end of this month unless the vendor wants to do it
again. Even so this is an opportunity to combine a dealer discount with
the rebate which will likely not happen again.
If you are interested please send a note to my hotmail address which is
. Please put PLB only in the subject line. In
the body of your message please indicate you level of interest using the
1 Yes, make me a deal for better than the rebate and I am in.
2 It is something I would like to have and if the deal is good enough I
3 I am interested but not sure if I will buy, please keep me informed.
If we put the deal together and the quantities are limited I will send
the announcement e-mail to everyone who put 1 in the body of their
message before the lists so they get first crack.
This information will be posted on the following lists / forums.
ADVRIDER.COM (Adventure Riders)
Feel free to distribute to other lists.
Secretary, BMW MOA
Iron Butt Association #250
Article Copyright (c) 2006 IBMWR and the author(s). All rights reserved.