Hello, and welcome to the landing page for Carl’s various GPS trackers. I have two trackers which might have sent you here:
- A Garmin InReach Mini – a tracker with bidirectional communications. Follow me or send messages here. This is my newer tracker, and the one I am more likely to be using.
- A GPS Spot – a tracker with one way communication. With this tracker you can follow my location here. There is no way for me to receive messages this device, and I cannot send any detailed or up to date information. With this device I can send simple pre-canned messages. I can only send one of the four messages below:
- Check-in – Everything is fine. Just a routine “here I am” check-in.
- Custom Check-in – Everything is fine. Custom check-in message, which probably means I’ve reached a notable milestone on my trip, such as a mountain top or a finish line.
- Help – I need help. My situation is not life threatening, but if I am sending this it means I am really stuck and I need someone to get me. I cannot self rescue. I may send this if I’ve suffered a mechanical break down I cannot field repair or I am otherwise stranded. When someone gets to me, I will send one of the above “OK” messages to let everyone know I’ve been helped. Since I do not have two-way communications, I cannot provide more details or coordinate among those who receive this message.
- SOS/Emergency – I REALLY need help. Call 911. I am injured or otherwise need emergency assistance. If you get message, the GPS Spot service is supposed to alert local authorities, but I’m not sure how reliable they are, and I expect that any of my friends reading this message will know more about my situation. You should also call the authorities in my area and apprise them of my plans.