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    Lots of good stuff, hand held gps, spare batteries, compass, pencil and paper - plot bearing and time taken to a point, changes in direction and time etc. It sure beats guessing, thinking too hard and remembering details where none are obvious. Ground and tree markings are great for confirming backtracking & reducing stress! Take a well stocked daypack too. Hope this helps someone.
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    From experience around the Northern Territory trying to find my way across flat desert with no features. I have found that movement at night is much easier, for 2 reasons. The first is because it is much cooler and therefore your body will sweat less whilst moving preventing early onset of dehydration, secondly, I have found in such open featureless terrain the best way to determine direction use using the old faithful southern cross and the 2 pointers to confirm where south is. Even if you have a compass and a map if you can confirm your direction of the stars you can gaurentee success because the stars never lie! Its definetly not as accurate as a map and compass but it can help confirm your direction. Hope this helps

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    For those that have never used a map and compass, I would suggest taking a short course on it or take time to learn from those that have done it for sometime.

    I remember the 1st navigation lesson I ever taught (how to perform a resection - 2nd hardest lesson in nav to teach) which was basically how to locate your position with no friggen idea where you are, easy enough to once you learnt all the previous parts for nav.

    if you are going places where you think there is a possibility of getting lost, as others have said, ensure you have the right gear for where you are goin ie shelter, water, food etc, let people know your movements, look at making up a survival kit or purchase a pre-made 1 and ensure it is upto the task.

    I am not part of the SES at this stage but the old man is in the hills and has been in numerous searches and a lot of the causes are the most simplest things that people will always over look.
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    Best book in vic ever printed was the ES map book , but no longer published. as above by all means use your gps but back it up with paper maps every outback trip.
    Don't know if everyone knows but they r.
    re-grade[re align] outback tracks ALL THE TIME SO YOUR gps I USELESS
    Lets get in early to dicuss/debate/argue this, the outback season is nearly finished and the HOT HOLIDAY SEASON is approaching lets make sure Newbies[Hate that term by the way]
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    that is very true on the changing areas, a 30 year old map if you take into account any magnetic variations etc will still save your hide even more-so with an in-accurate gps (many of them out there) or 1 that is flat. A basic cheap compass will still get you out admittedly not as well as say a Silva or similar compass but enough all the same, many recorded instances where it was nothing but sheer dumb luck that people were found.
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    take a epirb and a 30 metre roll of tin foil and spare batteries .find a clear area and speard the foil out in a cross weighted by rocks or sand turn on epirb and stay put. the foil blanket from youre fist aid kit will assist in your re-hyrdation 2 is better 1 under you for sweat and 1 over you for heat reflection. remenber aircraft will pick up a epirb as well as a sat
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    Quote Originally Posted by dads tractor View Post
    take a epirb and a 30 metre roll of tin foil and spare batteries .find a clear area and speard the foil out in a cross weighted by rocks or sand turn on epirb and stay put. the foil blanket from youre fist aid kit will assist in your re-hyrdation 2 is better 1 under you for sweat and 1 over you for heat reflection. remenber aircraft will pick up a epirb as well as a sat
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    Hi mate. Check out this link on EPIRBs and PLBs. http://www.nissanpatrol.com.au/forum...-PLBs&p=294170

    One thing to note is that while aeroplanes can pick up the 406Mhz signal and in flying training you are taught to report any signal on 406 or 121.5Mhz I reckon there is only a 20% chance of your signal being picked up. S&R will pick it up though. That said the silver cross idea is a bloody good one.

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    If you need a red truck at mackay ask twr on 124.5 to change to 131.0 and we will help

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorrieandjas View Post
    Hi mate. Check out this link on EPIRBs and PLBs. http://www.nissanpatrol.com.au/forum...-PLBs&p=294170

    One thing to note is that while aeroplanes can pick up the 406Mhz signal and in flying training you are taught to report any signal on 406 or 121.5Mhz I reckon there is only a 20% chance of your signal being picked up. S&R will pick it up though. That said the silver cross idea is a bloody good one.

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    I have been flying for 20 years now.... geeez my arms are sore!! I have only once been asked by flight controllers to tune to 121.5 and tell them the signal strength.... There was a EPIRB that had been set off somewhere near Casino NSW. I was close to Casino at the time. The emergency services were having all sorts of trouble locating it. Those days were before GPS satellite location technology. Things have improved heaps since then . The only aircraft that will pick up an emergency beacon are those that have multiple radios installed. Usually the stand by radio would be tuned to 121.5. So dont ever think that any old plane will hear your call for help.

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