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Garmin inReach Mini plus iPad and Gaia Mapping

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Picked up a garman in reach mini that functions as a GPS as well as a satellite communicator with two-way text messaging via 100% global Iridium satellite network as well as a SOS device that sends out a signal that will activate search and rescue to come save the day....

 

Coupled with the ipad and Gaia mapping...you can have the best of the best of borh on road maps, off road maps, weather, all kinds of overlays and you can download maps for those areas not covered by cell signal.....

 

We can go anywhere now off grid and have the in reach mini activated & will leave a trail we can send to family so they know where we are, can send text messages out and get them back, if we set it up, you can follow on the maps with a 10min time lag, so you know where we were 10 min ago...as long as the device is working and hitting the satellites...

 

After going way off grid this past summer and the possibility of vehicle problems, this just seemed a no brainier, was able to pick it up with a law enforcement/military discount quite a bit cheaper than retail and so far really like how it works...having the ability to send messages when your a day away from a cell signal or more is great....you ccan have small pre set messages or blue tooth to a device and type in longer ones....but it's not for testing trip details, just short messages like checking in, location and such.....

 

Using it coupled to the Gaia mapping program...woza...you can find roads/trails you never knew existed, camping spots and all kinds of serious details....have found roads we did not know existed that bypasses paved roads that date back to horse and buggy days.....

 

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Best does not always equal accurate. 

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25 minutes ago, gshayd said:

Best does not always equal accurate. 


 

I’m good with +/- 3 meters for accuracy, Yep it also depends on how many satellites it locks on to, but still, if you miss me by 3 or even 5 meters, you need a swing eye dog :laugh:

 

Im sure you can get “better” military units, But for commercial sales, it works for me :segrin:

 

As far as Gaia maps, even the military uses them as does some really high speed civilian agencies....the maps they have and detail, coupled with the Inreach mini give you 8-10 digit grid coordinates.....

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This is the temp setup in the Raptor, will be adding a built right rack in the little divet in the dash to attach it to so it will sit out a little closer to me and not so high up blocking some vision.

Worked great in Moab, was off line and linked to the inReach mini had no problems tracking us and keeping updated......

used it the entire trip as a off line test/backup to the Raptors navagation and comparing it to that and apple maps....
 

 

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