Yes, it will work. Normal sat comm limitations apply. Doesn’t get great signal with dense cloud cover, thick forest, around very high, close mountains.Planning on driving the Highway up to Denali perhaps in 2019 and looking at the Garmin InReach for communication emergency contact. Does this work that far north? In general any limitations on satellite hookup anywhere on the planet?
This is what I do with my InReach as well. The InReach battery is pretty good on its own, but if you can run vehicle power that's even better. I mount the InReach to the windshield with a Ram mount with built in power adapter. I also keep the paired cell phone plugged in and mounted with a ProClip mount to the dash.If you have a smartphone, Bluetooth pair it with the InReach, and get the vehicle mount/power adapter. You’ll be able to leave the InReach plugged in on the dash board and message with your phone almost like normal texting. On vehicle power, you’ll be able to leave the InReach on continuous monitoring (looking for incoming messages continuously instead of on user-determined intervals for battery management).
If you are a Costco member they have them on sale right now.The more I read the more I’m liking the inreach.
So, who/where is the best place to shop for one? I assume there are a couple variations with added bells and whistles that increase price? Any particular model to avoid for any reason? Maybe there is only one model and I just wasted typing on a micro keypad on my phone?
Where the heck did I leave my beer?
Typing on the phone is a hell of a lot less frustrating than trying to type on the InReach SE or Explorer.I was just in Cabelas the other day and didn’t think to seek one out... Grabbed some .308 and a Twix bar for lunch.
I guess I’ll look them up and figure out what’s right for me. In general I like simple. Less stuff means less to fail and/or interfere with the core purpose.
I imagine my old garmin will be retired- it’s a nice boat model for the dust/water rating. I’ve made a custom mount with an articulated arm on a piece of aluminum I bent and mounted in the dash above the center gages.
I think now I’ll go with a toughbook based system. So the inreach can be simple but the Bluetooth pairing sounds good so I can continue to bask in the frustration of typing on my phone!