DeLorme inReach hand’s-on #2, text me!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

16 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Cool. I’ve already gotten two messages, and I replied to Georgia and San Francisco. And the inReach is exactly where shown on the share map. Gizmo is bow in on that dock, and the handheld is sitting on the stern rail.
    Well, actually, only semi-cool. I checked my web portal and know I’ve actually received six messages, only two of which have gotten to the inReach. It did shut itself down for a bit, and I had to pull batteries (brand new Lithium Ultimates) to restart. I beginning to think that situation is related to a location request, which I also got at least one of.
    Please keep trying messages and location requests, and especially for latter note it here in the comments. Thanks!

  2. Don Joyce says:

    Just sent a location request. Request is apparently pending.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Don! I’ve received three location requests since I commented, plus messages from the Caribbean and Australia. I’m not sure that you will easily see a location request returned to the share page because the inReach hasn’t moved Everything working fine, now at least.
    I’ve just down Earthmate, so location requests should become automatic but I may not return messages quickly. Plus I’m going downward to change oil filters.

  4. Ben, DeLorme has been very quiet on the subject of an API for their (or GeoPro’s) system. Have you come across anything that enterprising developers can use to build custom apps?

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I don’t know anything about that, Marius, but BriarTek is saying that it will offer an open API to its Cerberus system. Which has a lot going for it — like a USB rechargeable battery in the CerberLink handheld. I’m also testing that and will report fairly soon.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    So I shifted back to HQ a little after 4pm (twilight here!), but we got some good testing done today, and I’m up for more. I have turned off the “Location” feature on the share page, because I suspect that it’s causing the few problems I had, but it’s still possible to message me.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, I experienced some more gliches today so have shut down messaging on the share page. DeLorme is going to check out, update the inReach tommorrow, and we’ll try again. A lot of the testing went very well, but there is a gremlin somewhere in the works…

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Today my test inReach was updated with the firmware that’s in the shipping models, it seems to be working better, and I’d like to try it again with messages from the field. Please come to the share page and try messaging again:
    You might also see Gizmo take what may be her last spin of 2012…

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Much better testing today. Only one of fifteen incoming messages failed to deliver; all outgoing messages got there, I think; and tracking worked fine, even when I changed the time interval, or shut down Earthmate and turned it over to inReach, or vice versa.
    Better yet, I got a sense of what it’s like using inReach underway and was quite pleased. I had it sitting in the helm window with the phone nearby, cradled and charging. With the $50/month “Expedition” subscription that DeLorme generously gave to beta testers, I have unlimited tracking to a share page; pretty easy two-way texting, with 120 messages included and extras at 25 cents each; and a sophisticated distress device. And while the phone is a nice interface, there’s lots I can do with the inReach alone.
    I did have a couple of glitches today, but I know DeLorme is working on them. I also learned that the inReach is designed to work with alternate power sources. A 12v base for use on boats is not yet in the works, but it is a great possibility.
    I still think that inReach and the underlying Iridium 9602 modem are game changers.

  10. Lorca says:

    Recently activated my InReach. Pretty impressive overall; only glitch I’ve found is that while the webpage lets you specify multiple contacts for each pre-set message, only the first email listed actually gets the message. Delorme says they are working on the issue.

  11. Lew Crenshaw says:

    The API for BriarTek’s CerberLink is available on the Cerberus website. We have several developers actively developing apps with the API now.

  12. Dear Ben, I have send you a message using the share page. Looking good. Good filtering of the database. Better as the SPOT share page. We are distributing the SPOT products in the Netherlands and we have a PN60W+SPOT communicator to show in the marine and outdoor market. Enjoying all of your reports and tests. Ciao, Reinier

  13. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The DeLorme inReach just received the 2012 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Award and the decision was apparently based on serious testing by two editors. Impressive!

  14. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    There’s a new 1.5 version of inReach hardware that works with Apple iOS — — and the apps are up on iTunes. There’s also a new version of the Android app that works with both hardware models, and a firmware update of inReach V1. All good! I’ve been beta testing 1.5 with an iPad and the whole system is lovely. More on Monday.

  15. Glen Maxwell says:

    Hi Ben,
    Just wanted to thank you for putting up this demo. I was able to see how it is supposed to work and share it with family a really big help. Even tried the messaging but I’m sure your inreach was off which doesn’t matter because I was just demoing it.
    Thanks again
    Glen Maxwell
    SV Avelinda, St. Augustine, FL

  16. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    My pleasure, Glen. I switched up to the inReach SE model now and you can see how it tracked my recent trip to view the America’s Cup here:
    I haven’t written about testing the SE yet, but it works well and is easily worth the extra $50. I did preview it here:
    PS I’ll be testing the inReach SE some more later this week at the NMEA Conference in San Diego

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