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where I can get a Personal Locator Beacon in Singapore?

Post by zakdave » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 2:34 am

Hi,

I have just moved here from States and I was hoping that anyone here knows where I can get a decent Personal Locator Beacon in Singapore?

I used to carry one with me when I do diving, skiing, offshore fishing and travelling to remote areas. Yes I am quite an adventurous person.

Appreciate your help.

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Post by JR8 » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 3:00 am

Also quite useful for when you go off-piste in Orchard Towers :wink:

More seriously though, where do you envisage personally calling out International Search and Rescue ?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 6:50 am

Hell, not a bad idea, actually, JR8. If you think about it, how many times have people gone up in the Mountains in W. Malaysia and gotten lost? Or for that matter, Sabah & Sarawak. I got a job for my daughter with Int'l SOS for 2 years while she was going to school at MDIS here in Singapore. They do Medivac's world wide.

Anyway, I reckon most any Garmin distributor would know where to find a transmitter.
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Post by JR8 » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 7:03 am

If you're mountaineering in an area you don't know... maybe.

But without a guide.... aren't you asking for it perhaps?


p.s. TAG used to have a watch with a PLB in it. To buy it you had to sign a waiver for all costs of setting it of inadvertently. They don't make it any more. Wonder why :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 8:28 am

You can find them on eBay easily. Quite a fine if you set it off accidentally from what I'm told. But I didn't know TAG made one. I was only familiar with the Breitling ones...

Breitling Emergency Chronograph
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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:49 am

The issue is, what happens when you set off the PLB :)

There was one incident, where somebody wandered into a No-Go zone, in the north of my country, and being caught up between two 'sides' triggered his PLB - apparently one of those, which does broadcast back by satellite .. alongwith GPS coordinates ..

The story went that some controller in US picked it up and then by the time they figured out the logistics, it was almost 48 hours since the initial alarm came .. by then, the absentee had walked into the hands of the 'bad guys' who relieved him of his 'tracking device' and then safely escorted him back to the 'good guys', yes, the guys fought a war with serious worry about honor before the end came calling .. when some Norwegian group, who was the equivalent of SOS Intl was being mobilised .. .

I would rather stick with a Iridium Phone and be able to communicate ..

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:54 pm

I thought your whole country was a No-Go Zone? Well, for me it is..... :P
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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 2:45 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I thought your whole country was a No-Go Zone? Well, for me it is..... :P
with your passport, well, maybe half the planet is a no-go Zone :D

Well, anyway, what was not surprising for us was, even at the height of the war, civil services in full fledged op, regardless who was running it .. plus the school teachers and doctors and government servants were regularly paid by the 'legal govt' even when the work was being done inthe bad-land.

And a relative of mine used to do Aid assistance, and he was saying that when they were flown into 'bad lands' no bullets were coming flying as long as proper intimation was done, and upon landing, the bad lads were all out to welcome the 'visitors' and shared a couple of cool drinks with the chopper pilots and no hint of any weapons and so .. or any attempt to insult or taunt anybody. Heck, even the Japanese delegation and Norwegian delegations were flown in by the air force to bad lands.

Of course, if the same copter flew over the bad land minus a notification of a 'third party' it was fair game to lob a few AA shells in the general direction of the copter ..

It was a decent war, really, till one side finally gained the upper hand ...

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Post by JR8 » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 4:32 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:You can find them on eBay easily. Quite a fine if you set it off accidentally from what I'm told. But I didn't know TAG made one. I was only familiar with the Breitling ones...

Breitling Emergency Chronograph
My mistake, I meant Breitling.

Where you from Ecu, North Korea or something? :P

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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 5:00 pm

JR8 wrote:Where you from Ecu, North Korea or something? :P
Far sunnier than NK .. well, we are AT "PEACE" NOW .. !!!

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Post by zakdave » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 5:01 pm

Hi Guys,

I have experienced the benefit of this PLB years back when I was fishing with a couple of my mates off East Malaysia. Honestly satellite phones like Immarsat are crappy, I've tried calling in for help but instead couldn't even communicate with them as they were speaking a foreign language. Worst of all, it die on me when it submerged in water. Fortunately, my mate had a PLB which was waterproof and we managed to get assistance from the coastguard in say about 30mins..

Well, this device is very popular in the States and I believed across Europe too.. To know more, you guys might wanna check this website

www.cospas-sarsat.org


Anyway, Can someone kindly tell me where I can get this PLB from Kannad in Singapore?

Cheers

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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 5:09 pm

zakdave wrote:Hi Guys,

I have experienced the benefit of this PLB years back when I was fishing with a couple of my mates off East Malaysia. Honestly satellite phones like Immarsat are crappy, I've tried calling in for help but instead couldn't even communicate with them as they were speaking a foreign language. Worst of all, it die on me when it submerged in water. Fortunately, my mate had a PLB which was waterproof and we managed to get assistance from the coastguard in say about 30mins..

Well, this device is very popular in the States and I believed across Europe too.. To know more, you guys might wanna check this website

www.cospas-sarsat.org


Anyway, Can someone kindly tell me where I can get this PLB from Kannad in Singapore?

Cheers
I am keen to know ..

So, your PLB triggers, and then the Malaysian coast guard picks you up ..

So how does THAT work ?

I don't doubt the capability of the Malaysian Coast Guard, though their air assets are limited.

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Post by zakdave » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 5:39 pm

ecureilx wrote:
zakdave wrote:Hi Guys,

I have experienced the benefit of this PLB years back when I was fishing with a couple of my mates off East Malaysia. Honestly satellite phones like Immarsat are crappy, I've tried calling in for help but instead couldn't even communicate with them as they were speaking a foreign language. Worst of all, it die on me when it submerged in water. Fortunately, my mate had a PLB which was waterproof and we managed to get assistance from the coastguard in say about 30mins..

Well, this device is very popular in the States and I believed across Europe too.. To know more, you guys might wanna check this website

www.cospas-sarsat.org


Anyway, Can someone kindly tell me where I can get this PLB from Kannad in Singapore?

Cheers
I am keen to know ..

So, your PLB triggers, and then the Malaysian coast guard picks you up ..

So how does THAT work ?

I don't doubt the capability of the Malaysian Coast Guard, though their air assets are limited.
Good to know that someone here appreciates this device. Well, where should I start..

We activated the PLB and there was this beeping light that indicates that our distress signal along with our GPS location have been transmitted to one of the cospas sarsat satellites in about 2mins.. After which I guess the website can explain in more details the methodology of this device.

I only recalled that my mate's partner have received a call from the Search and Rescue Team back in the States verifying our location. And in all about 30mins time, the coastguard had came to our aid.

It is however important that you register your PLB with the local authorities in the country of your residence with emergency contacts that knows your whereabouts in terms of the country you are visiting.

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Post by jeremyssm » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 8:34 pm

This link should answer your questions

www.facebook.com/PLBeacon

As to why Breitling no longer manufactures watch with PLB, it is because they do not meet Cospas Sarsat Stringent Standards. Therefore they are not granted type approval and not supported by Cospas-Sarsat International Satellite System.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 07 Mar 2012 8:47 pm

Hey squirrel, your smart Alec "So how does THAT work" reply didn't fly that time did it. :P
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