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Another way to keep “in touch”.

While I can leave my desk for an extended time, I can’t afford to drop off the grid. Before I could do more than just plan a get-away I had to solve that problem. To the rescue came Delorme’s inReach SE 2-way Satellite Communicator.

It allowed me to stay available to VIP customers and as a by-product, family knew where we were at all times.

Another by-product was that Delorme’s Explorer App not only acted as a console for communications but we had a continuous map display on our iPad.
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We were able to “see” what was around us, which added an extra dimension to our travels.

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The inReach SE lived under the Pano Roof occasionally but eventually I found a good spot on the dash.
I charged the SE every couple of days via 12V USB adapter or a Juice Pak.
The unit stayed on 24×7. It was set to drop a breadcrumb every 10 minutes when on the move and every 4 hours when parked.

It checked for messages every 10 minutes and it could not contact a satellite to do it’s thing it flashed a red LED and said so on the App. It only happened occasionally when we were in deep tree cover, I.e. almost 100%. Remedy was to give a view of the sky for a while.

Family, friends and VIP’s where able to log onto Delorme’s site follow our travels and to send us a messages. Messages are normal text messages of up to 160 characters.

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It allowed me to enjoy some off-the-grid camping and not worry about business too much, at least for a little while.

Cost? I found it reasonable compared to what I’ve had to do in the past with extra cell subscriptions, etc. I thought about a Sat Phone but considered it too expensive and too bulky. I had no problems with simply getting a text that I was needed with an idea as to priority so that I could decide how to best “call back”. It gave me peace of mind since I’m not in a position to completely disconnect from work.

Updated: November 3, 2013 — 7:22 PM

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