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    GPS coordinates when calling 911/ deaf callers/what to do

    i know its against forum ethics to ask several question in on thread but here goes...

    I almost never ride alone mainly for the exact purpose that i cannot really make calls. im hard of hearing and cannot understand what is being said on the other side of the phone converstation ( i do perfectly fine in person). now here is the question/sitauation. i have once called in a crime to 911, where i gave them my name, location, nature of emergency, all without knowing what the other operator was saying or even if they undersood me ( i can hear wen someone is talking tho, understanding is different) and a police officer responded. but i have NO idea if they responded to my call or someone elses.....

    please keep in mind i would probably have no idea what is being said on the other side....(sometimes i get lucky tho)

    Question one: if i call them with a one sided convo and give them my name, nature of emergency and my exact gps coordinates (twice, maybe even three times) will i get saved or will i die there?

    Question two: can i even give them gps coordinates?

    Question Three: WTF do i do with my bike? i assume they wont take my bike lol i heard of a friend who crawled to his bike and threw his bike into the bushes, lated asked a friend to go get it for him....im not sure my friends are this nice and i dont carry locks with me lol since they are heavy!


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    I think you would have to start your phone call with:

    Hi, I'm deaf and I have an emergency. I will tell you my information, but won't be able to hear you or answer any questions. Etc.

    I think the GPS coordinates are a great piece of info.

    Makes me think, maybe there should be a texting equivalent to 911?

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    ive heard of some cases where there is that option but i think you have to register the number...GOOGLING NOW
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    bumping this
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    Personal Locator Beacon

    I often ride by myself on trails where there is no cell service. Also turns out that these trails aren't well known nor marked at the trail head... so not that many people know about some of them... it could be a very long time (weeks or months) before the next person comes along. If I'm on one of those trails then carry one of these:

    ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon

    Never used it... but it makes my wife feel better that I have it with me.

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    damn thats alot of money lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazardousmtb View Post
    damn thats alot of money lol
    Dude, of course its expensive. What do you expect for a device that comes in the color arctereuse?

    Seriously though, I think there are phone apps that allow someone to track where you are. I'm sure you need a cell signal, but you need a cell signal to call 911 also.

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    If you always ride where there's cell service then that device is overkill for you (assuming you can get that APP or use text or email or have the 911 people hear you when you can't hear them, etc...).

    For me it turns out that when I don't have cell service on a ride, those just happen to be the rides I'm usually by myself and I just happen to also be on a trail where I won't see anyone else... for days... That device is only for an emergency... and as a last resort... The gov't agency monitors the signals and calls in the appropriate Search and Rescue team depending on where you are... and if that's the case, there probably isn't a price that's too high when you need it . It just depends how often you put yourself in those situations where that could happen.

    It was actually my wife's idea that I get one... but a good idea for me!

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