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Windstorm
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PostTue Oct 02, 2018 1:04 pm 
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Kat wrote:
Good to know you don't have to leave it in tracking mode to be located, altho someone still needs to know the url I would presume.

Should be easy enough to add the url to your trip plan that you leave with someone at home. If your emergency person has to call 911 because you're overdue, SAR will be thrilled if they can ping your InReach and get a good location.
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PostFri Oct 05, 2018 5:58 pm 
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I hope you can get it figured out!

I have an older inReach that works well with my iPhone. I have had one or two problems in the past with it, usually centering around software updates. The folks at Tech Support were excellent, but that was before Garmin bought them, so I don't know if that has changed anything. Definitely give them a call. They may have knowledge of software bugs or current problems, and would probably want to know about it anyway so they can fix it.

My InReach has worked really well, I don't use the tracking function, I just use it to text my hubby (using the Earthmate app) and let him know we are OK, or that we are running late, or changed trailheads, or other important info. It was invaluable when my car broke down in the middle of nowhere and he was able to secure a tow truck for me via text, with my exact coordinates. I've been happy with it. I do have to take the batteries out when I'm not using it, because it somehow sucks them dry even when turned off. So that's one downside, but I'm sure they have different battery systems now; mine is several years old. I don't use it for location, I prefer Gaia or just a map for that.

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PostFri Jul 19, 2019 9:38 am 
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Thought I would post an update on this issue. I reactivated my inreach last month, applied the latest firmware updates to it that had come out since last summer - now it's at fw 2.60 and my texting issues from earthmate on my samsung s7 phone are gone  up.gif

Working great now.  Well except for last weekend when I had to keep climbing down a steepish lake shore to get a clear enough sightline for it to send the text haha... extra exercise!
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PostFri Jul 19, 2019 4:59 pm 
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I used my InReach mini up in the Anthem Creek basin (Entiat) this week and found it took an unusually long time to get a message out despite being in an open meadow with no trees nearby. I finally turned the unit off and and retired to my tent for the night. The next morning it indicated the message had indeed gone out successfully.
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PostMon Jul 22, 2019 5:40 am 
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Interesting. Well I had one other weird thing happen Sunday morning with my inreach, and note it was not a super cold morning at ~ 5600 definitely above 40, prob 45.

Turned it on to send a text, checked on it a few minutes later and noticed it was reporting ZERO % BATTERY LEFT - ??? WTF?  Was fully charged when I left the day before, I keep it powered off unless I send a text, and it had been stored inside a fanny pack all night. So no way the battery could be drained.

I freaked out a bit, then slapped it on a power bank I had just picked up for this trip. Given that it showed full charge about 15-20 min later when I checked on it, it obviously wasn't depleted.

Could a 45 degree morning make it read so erroneously as to battery life?  I probably should start a new thread....
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PostTue Jul 23, 2019 9:47 pm 
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Kat, my iPhone SE battery level behaves like that too, even at those temperatures. It might be worth storing in your sleeping bag overnight. I haven't had the problem with my InReach mini though. I only turn it on when ready to send out a preset message, so it's off most of the time. It seemed to be ok this winter (at sea level, but definitely temperatures like you state).
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PostWed Jul 24, 2019 4:11 am 
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I've had old cameras behave that way too, in the winter near freezing but never in the summer, so weird. I guess I can at least warm it up in a pocket or something first if I don't put it in the bag/on me at night.

Geez... I sure have been having odd problems with it!
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