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Where's Bruce?

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I'm hitting AZ next week and am charging the unit and looking at service plan options now. Haven't opened the owner's manual yet but it's thick. I guess they all are for electronics anymore.
 

signguy

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Screwed around with it today and I think it is fairly straight forward- manual is 33 pages and lots of illustrations so not too bad. Works great with the iPhone once you download the map...
I think my plan was around $22.00 a month and $19.00 to start up (40 texts a month...) which should give me more than enough texts to satisfy the wife- Certainly more than I want to text anyone period! Let's not forget that we hunt to get away from it all. :) I have already let the wife know that if I get a text it better be because someone died.

Bruce- you taking a bow or a rifle to AZ? Also (fyi)- Hammock Gear is looking at making a down UQ to attach/velcro to the Clark-
 

Where's Bruce?

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Screwed around with it today and I think it is fairly straight forward- manual is 33 pages and lots of illustrations so not too bad. Works great with the iPhone once you download the map...
I think my plan was around $22.00 a month and $19.00 to start up (40 texts a month...) which should give me more than enough texts to satisfy the wife- Certainly more than I want to text anyone period! Let's not forget that we hunt to get away from it all. :) I have already let the wife know that if I get a text it better be because someone died.

Bruce- you taking a bow or a rifle to AZ? Also (fyi)- Hammock Gear is looking at making a down UQ to attach/velcro to the Clark-
22-250 for calling, .17HMR for bunnies (my buddy needs trap bait), 12ga for waterfowl and bow for javies. I'm modifying my UQ for this myself.
 
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signguy

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Just what I would take- maybe an AR for calling.
Will be calling Fri-Mon near the Salton Sea and then fly to Prescott next Thursday for some bow/javie hunting.

Did a little test on the In-Reach Explorer yesterday and I am thoroughly impressed. I downloaded a map with weigh points to the unit for a mountain bike ride and my wife was able to easily track and see progress.
Her indication was that if I did this for a multi-day backpack/hunt trip she would be able to see me moving, reaching weigh points... and know all was well. A text everyday or two would be nice just to hear how things were going...

Not a great GPS but for 99.9% of my GPS needs this will work- especially if you bring a map for backup. It's not a Garmin but then a Garmin can't get you help in an emergency. The Garmin is out of the pack and the Explorer is in at this point.
 

cjack

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Geez!!! I thought the kids were bad with all of the text abbreviations. PLB, SAR, SE, 22-250, .17HMR, UQ ?????? Too many acronyms for me, you lost me with the first post!
 

Where's Bruce?

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Geez!!! I thought the kids were bad with all of the text abbreviations. PLB, SAR, SE, 22-250, .17HMR, UQ ?????? Too many acronyms for me, you lost me with the first post!
Whatta noob! LOL
PLB = personal locator beacon
SAR = search & rescue
SE is a model of Inreach whereas i have the Explorer model
22-250 and .17HMR are rifle calibers
UQ = underquilt (for hammocks)

Got involved in the hunt and never used the Explorer...was focused on locating javelina and failed miserably. sigh
 

cjack

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Thanks for the clarification and sorry about the hunt results. There's always next time and you are one hunt closer and one hunt smarter towards success!
 

TheGDog

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So Bruce... is it pretty easy to mark waypoints while you're out and about? You know... like you just saw a pig.. so you want to make sure to mark that spot for the next year.

Is it at lest easy enough to not be a chore to do so?
 


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