Well, now that I'm looking even closer at these devices. I've been known to go into the great unkown and my family struggles with this. They are in Michigan and it's even harder to check in. The stress I put them under just on the trip up has convinced me that I need to do something to comfort them. I was origionally going to go with a sat phone. Now I am thinking about an ACR unit.
So, what would you get/carry? In the fall, winter and spring I do mainly day and weekend trips. I'm not real experienced with winter adventures and have no experience in avelanch areas, which scare the daylights out of me right now! These will be extremely limited trips, but never too cautious. In the summer I may be gone for a month or more with no communication.
For those of you that own them... I know you only send the signal if you are in a risk-of-death situation. My first question is, can you reverse the signal? Suppose I send the signal and help (from a bystander) shows up 20 minutes later, can the signal be reversed? My second question is, can your trip itinerary be view by others? Family members? Public?
Thanks for your input, I am sure I will have more questions as I learn!