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    Default Garmin inreach v Ham radio

    What are your thoughts on the 2?
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    If you mean "Ham Radio" then there is no comparison. Garmin Inreach is a satellite based communications (text), GPS navigation system and emergency help calling device. Ham Radio is a hobby, which uses radios. To use a Ham Radio, you need to take an exam and be licensed.
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    I'm a licensed Ham as well as an owner of the Garmin inReach. I've taken my small handheld Ham radio on backpacking trips for fun to see what stations/repeaters I could connect with but as Slo-go'en said, I depend on my Garmin for communicating in areas without cell coverage.

    I wouldn't leave my inReach at home in favor of taking my Ham radio if emergency comms might be needed. I might take both in some situations but I personally can't think of a situation where I would choose the radio over the inReach.

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    There is a sub-group activity in the Ham radio community (of which there are many sub-groups) called SOTA [Summit On The Air]. The idea is to carry a ham radio to the top of a mountain and see how many people you can contact. Using the Shortwave band, you can contact random people all over the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    There is a sub-group activity in the Ham radio community (of which there are many sub-groups) called SOTA [Summit On The Air]. The idea is to carry a ham radio to the top of a mountain and see how many people you can contact.
    And speaking on behalf of SOTA activators world-wide, I thank you for your many contributions to portable ham radio!

    My little ol' MTR-3B on Mt Sterling in the GSMNP a couple of weeks ago.
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    73, pat - ki4svm

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    Thanks for the information it is all very helpful

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