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Certainly InReach in the Bush


A good start for the InReach

InReach SE satellite communicator
InReach SE satellite communicator

This is the second post in a series on using the InReach personal satellite communicator.

It arrived in town last Monday. I didn’t get it until Thursday as that particular courier company does not deliver to our bush suburb. So they leave it at the Post Office but don’t bother telling us.

A short walk in the local bush

Anitra took it clipped to a belt. You can see the result on this InReach map share page. This area of bush has been used for Cyclic Navigator, a rogaine and mountain biking orienteering. Back about 1986 a foot orienteering event was staged by Brumby I think.

SPOT 2 probably would have shown 1 waypoint if any. I set the InReach to take a waypoint every 5 minutes. If you click a waypoint on the map you get info such as time, speed and position.

Why didn’t it show the last waypoint or two? I think this is because in non-SOS mode it communicates with Iridium every 10 or 15 minutes. It would have been turned off before the last one or two waypoints could be sent.

So Far?

Very happy with that small test. And I’m also pleased with some of the messaging facilities − more on that later.

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DIY NearMap

NearMap logo

Vale NearMap

More than a few orienteer mappers are missing NearMap and its useful Hypertiles app. While we still have access to images that we downloaded, it can be difficult to find the image we want, there is no seamless transition from image to image and we lose zooming.

Hail eBee

eBee aerial photographer
eBee aerial photographer

But there is a solution. The Sensefly eBee is now available in Australia and offers these functions;

  • fly your specific requirements when you want
  • up to 10 coverage per flight
  • packs into a trunk that fits in your car
  • accompanying software produces georeferenced mosaics
  • and DEM files for contours.

Orienteering Australia’s next grant submission?

I don’t know the price but I am guessing we might need to come up with additional uses to justify 😉

  • aid to coaching – eBee could be the eye in the sky tracking an orienteer in action for the coach to critique
  • event coverage – instant aerial shots of major events for the media
  • controlling – send eBee out to validate the positioning of controls (a great help to our ageing controller cohort)

Read all about it …