- Nov 24, 2006
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- Soldotna AK
Who is offering the best affordable plan for alaska? What phone do you like? Where did you get your plan and phone?
The iridium system was originally exclusively military. Circa early 1990's the Alaska Fire Service and the BLM Fairbanks District Office began working with iridium to adapt and develop it for civilian use. Maintaining lengthy voice connectivity can be challenging...and you need to have a reasonably clear sky view, especially to the south...so if you're down in a hole on the north side of a ridge you're likely to be SOL. Still, its limitations notwithstanding, of the satellite comm systems currently available in Alaska I believe iridium still has the best coverage. Like others have stated above, I too use a Garmin InReach...so that if something goes gunnysack at least my home base knows where to look for the body. InReach uses the iridium satellite system, so you still need a reasonably clear sky view, but it only sends data, and only periodically and in small packets, so it doesn't suffer the challenge of maintaining a continuous voice connection.
Good luck with that. I've had to hike to a ridge top to make a call more times than I care to recall.Irridium uses polar orbits so you do not need a southern unobstructed view. It could be almost any direction to the most in sight one to very much include north.
With hypothesis vs reality. If in reality you have to climb a ridge to achieve connectivity to have a conversation, some dude on the internet telling you you don't because of polar orbits doesn't count for much.Good luck with what?
With hypothesis vs reality. If in reality you have to climb a ridge to achieve connectivity to have a conversation, some dude on the internet telling you you don't because of polar orbits doesn't count for much.
Yes, I'm sure. Have been using iridium for over 30 years.You sure you were on iridium vs globastar?
I bought an Iridium 9505A lightly used on ebay many years ago for about $500. It paid for itself within 2-3 years vs. renting. I buy a 30 day / 75 minute sim card through Amazon for about $145 when I'm planning a hunting trip. I mostly text on it when communicating with home and loved ones which uses only 20 seconds of time and they can email me for free, (maybe text too, I can't remember). Texting is a pain since it doesn't have a keyboard so you have to press the #1 key three times to write the letter "C" etc. I call the flight service when I need to communicate with them and I've never run out of minutes, but it can be frustrating when your call keeps getting dropped and like others have said, you have to climb a mountain to get better service. They charge you for all those dropped calls too. This year my flight service has the ability to receive a text (due to the increasing popularity of InReach). So I bought the InReach mini and tried it out in addition to the Sat phone. I couldn't be happier! Instead of carrying that Iridium brick everywhere I go, I left it in camp and now I only carry the tiny 2 or 3 oz InReach! I always carry my cell phone anyways as a camera and I can now pair the InReach with the phone and type with a keyboard. I no longer need to carry my GPS as the InReach replaces it. Every night I sent a preset message home to my wife for free. I was able to get weather reports (not very accurate where I was on Kodiak though). I had the $15 a month plan but might up that if I don't take the sat phone next year. That reminds me, I should go online and put my InReach plan on hold so I don't have to pay for it until my next adventure.