Sirius Signal C-1002 & C-1003 SOS distress signal testing begins, future bright

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.

3 Responses

  1. Armand M Seguin says:

    Ben,
    This is indeed an exciting product with many great features.

    I’ve also viewed their video and read the manual. What both your preliminary review and Sirius information seems very light on is the fact that the Alert function can only work if you are within cellphone coverage. No coverage, no hope for any emergency text message (of course, the light on the unit would still work).
    In that case, one hopes the captain in distress actually filled out the Float Plan and sent it to their contacts before they lost cell coverage. If the contact(s) actually read the float plan, hopefully they will report the vessel overdue to authorities.
    While I could not find any mention in the manual, I would highly recommend that any boat sending an emergency text message and/or activating the unit also use their VHF to contact the US Coast Guard.
    Armand Seguin
    Vallejo, CA
    USCG Master

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Thanks, Armand. While the cellular dependent features of the Sirius eVDSD are quite secondary to its primary function, lack of cell service could cause problems. For instance, float plans sent to friends and family along with location check-ins all seem like a good idea until you inadvertenly sail out of cell range and unnecessarily scare those friends and family. It’s a good case for having at least minimal satellite communications available, like a Garmin inReach or the new Zoleo system I’m now testing.

      Also, I bet you’ll agree that marine VHF is still a primary emergency tool even though many boaters are using it less because of cell phones. I just made that point with a particularly compelling example, I think:

      https://panbo.com/why-marine-vhf-and-the-call-you-never-want-to-make/

  2. Donald Burch says:

    Last week I bought a Sirius C1003. I purchased it through a well known vendor and the batteries were missing. I called and left a VM at Sirius and received a response from Anthony Covelli, CEO that the batteries are on the way to my address! Awesome service when the MAN responds. Thank you very much.
    Your loyal customer,
    Donald

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