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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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    well, when you realize that you are lost, the first thing to do is to to mark the place you are and make sure you'll be able to get back to it, that is the first place you know you are lost and probably the closest one to the next place you won't be lost anymore, so make sure to identify it and use it as the center of your search perimeter.
    the worst thing to do would be to start wandering and adding unknown location to unknown locations, then deepening yourself into confusion.
    then you may decide to explore in concentric circles around this center or launch strait forward and back to center explorations in successive directions, always clearly mark what you have done and where you have been, else you would be confused and duplicate searches,
    draw your own map of this territory and systematically search it
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    With the efficiency of Leds these days it would be very easy to install a strobe led on top of a pole/antenna.
    This would use next to no power and be visible for miles, {night time}. Today you really have no excuse for being lost EPIRB etc
    are very affordable, satelite phones, VHF, UHF, even upper /lower side band CB 27mhtz, Take plenty of water tarp for shade , stay put
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    Last night 3 french tourists broke down 8kms down the gun barrel whe the motor died. Had no supplies, cb, sat phone etc only a mobile. They had to wait until this morning to be recovered.


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    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    With the efficiency of Leds these days it would be very easy to install a strobe led on top of a pole/antenna.
    This would use next to no power and be visible for miles, {night time}. Today you really have no excuse for being lost EPIRB etc
    are very affordable, satelite phones, VHF, UHF, even upper /lower side band CB 27mhtz, Take plenty of water tarp for shade , stay put
    Was thinking about that only today...
    A 360deg strobe light fitted to antenna or sand flag.
    Funny the stuff that runs through the noggin when doin the K's
    Poor bloody foreigners, look at a map of Aussie, highways go every where, just not all suit your 2litre fuel saver they use at home.
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