Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 10:57
We always have the KTI PLB
in the glovebox, of course used only for a total disaster type of situation !!
is always a good idea for 'insurance' if anything bad happens that requires less urgent comms to the outside world.
If you don't own one and can't borrow one, you can hire them ex Mt Dare, drop off Birdsville
Tourist Info Centre other side (or vice versa).
Info here . . . Mt Dare sat phone hire
The first listing there for Hires Rates:
1 – 7 days
Minimum hire period is 4 days $160.00
Additional days @ $40.00 per day
So hire for 5 days = $200.
UHF is a must, which I'm sure you have.
You should listen in on ch 10, if you have a hand held, have it scanning for groups on other channels.
Chatter indicates another party or group is usually getting very near.
Usually you get to know anyone travelling same way daily near you (which you will likely have after Finke races), but if unsure just give a call on a dune top every now and then, say your group size (solo vehicle), travel direction, and position in relation to a point on the line.
Hopefully the other party knows their position and can advise.
If using mapping software, I drop a waypoint on an upcoming point, say a track junction
, and can monitor distance to this . . . it's also not a bad idea to do this from previous junction, as some drivers monitor either to keep track of where they are.
If using the Desert Parks Pass maps, when you pass a junction, zero your odo, and then you can call a reasonably accurate position, eg. solo vehicle, travelling east, x km east of Erabena Tk, that sort of thing.
Some vehicles don't have a clue where they are, at least they should be able to state travelling west or east etc . . . some don't even carry a radio (the Britz brigade are infamous for this), so always be wary.
Even though sand flags are mandatory now, those same hire vehicles often don't carry or have a sand flag up either !!