My Personal Locator BeaconI usually carry a Personal Locator Beacon or PLB with me went I'm out tramping. Up to now I have been hiring one for each trip but I have finally managed to save enough shekels to buy my own.
My ACR 365 Locator Beacon
I brought myself a ACR ResQLink PLB so that I will always have one with me when I'm out tramping. In basic terms, PLB use a satellite network to send a distress message to your local Police force who then coordinate any Search and Rescue operations.
|ACR ResQLink 365 PLB|
These are the same used by the Southland PLB Charity and are one of the brands recommended by New Zealand Search and Rescue (SAR). The cost was $550 from the Hunting and Fishing store here in Christchurch, this was $50 cheaper than any other domestic supplier.
That's one of the reasons everyone doesn't own one, they are bloody expensive!
|Instructions for use on the back of the ResQLink PLB|
I think most people recognize the usefulness of carrying a PLB, especially if like me you do a lot of solo tramping. Although it is not a "get out of jail free card" it does give you a small measure of added safety in the outdoors.