[at-l] Meredith Emerson legacy

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Mon Jun 30 21:08:59 CDT 2008


No, a PLB only signals for help only if the person carrying it turns it on.
There is no timer involved. Here's a link to a model that REI sells <
http://www.rei.com/product/751974> which explains it pretty well.

On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 9:43 PM, David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com>
wrote:

> so it uses gps to locate position and then sends a radio beacon for
> rescue people to home in on, *after* the estimated time of return
> passes and somebody else calls and says they have a loved one in
> trouble . . . so much for the "panic" button
>
> I tho't it sent a distress signal to someone who would hear it, just
> by pressing a button . . .
>
> maybe I didn't read it right
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 9:09 PM, Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > It said they used GPS so I'd guess satellites. PLBs aren't new. They have
> > been around for at least a few years. There was a guy who was rescued in
> the
> > Adirondacks a few years back because he had a PLB. He got caught by a
> winter
> > storm and wasn't equipped to deal with the volume of snow that fell. He
> > turned on the PLB and they homed in on it with a chopper to rescue him.
> > There wasn't room for his gear so it got left. He went a week or two
> later
> > to get the gear and sent another distress signal. When they got to him he
> > said something like "you didn't think I was going carry all this stuff
> out
> > did you?". As I recall he got billed for the rescue. Unfortunately
> anything
> > beneficial thing you can invent will be abused by somebody.
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 8:40 PM, David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> using cell tech or satellite?
> >>
> >> On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 8:24 PM, Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> > From the brief description it sounds like a personal locator beacon,
> >> > basically a generic distress signal that is trackable to the unit.
> >> >
> >> > On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 5:58 PM, David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com
> >
> >> > wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> does anybody know anything about the technology these panic buttons
> >> >> use?
> >> >>
> >> >> http://www.righttohikeinc.com/
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/gwinnett/stories/2008/06/24/meredith_emerson_tribute.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=13
> >> >>
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> didn't
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> >
> >
> >
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>



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