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Japan BC & EPIRB

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by skifree, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. skifree

    skifree Part of the Furniture Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Off to Japan shortly and will be doing some BC wandering. We have all the avy kit including beacons. Are there any issues taking our EPIRB?

    I know this might be considered a travel question but I'm thinking I'll get more sensible answers here.
     
  2. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Re: Japan BC & EPIRB

    Is it a 406Mhz PLB?

    If so then no probs, although probably better to log into your amsa account and register details of the trip.

    Quoted from amsa website;
    http://beacons.amsa.gov.au/registration.html

    Can distress beacons be used overseas or can beacons registered in a foreign country be used in Australia?
    Cospas-Sarsat is a global system and distress beacon alerts are received by the satellites from anywhere on the Earth's surface. If an Australian-coded distress beacon is activated overseas an alert will be sent to the Rescue Coordination Centre responsible for the region in which the distress incident is occurring. A second notification is then sent to RCC-Australia as the registrar for the beacon.

    Likewise, alerts from beacons registered in other countries that are activated in the Australian region will be received by RCC-Australia. Australian residents who buy a distress beacon registered elsewhere should have the beacon recoded with the Australian country code by a local agent and have it registered with AMSA
     
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    Interesting!! Good to know GS..
    Thanks
     
  4. Go Native

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  5. GS

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  6. skifree

    skifree Part of the Furniture Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go Native, I had heard rumors of your advice, hence the question.

    What do the Japanese do without allowance or EPIRB's, not get lost? not have accidents? Or does their mobile phone system work everywhere? I suspect it does work most places but there would have to be some black spots in the Asahi hills.
     
  7. skifree

    skifree Part of the Furniture Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well I wrote to Canberra with this almost helpful response. In summary they said ask the Japanese. I think I'll take it and worry about any rescue if it happens. I'll only be set off if we need rescuing and we will not care about the cost.

     
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  8. Go Native

    Go Native One of Us

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    They're not namby pambys who worry about backups like PLB's. They rely on themselves like we all used to in Aus before we became completely soft [​IMG]

    Phones do work reasonably well in most places but yes there are definitely some black spots in the mountains. Seriously though it wasn't that long ago that most of us wouldn't have even considered the idea of having such a device with us and it didn't stop us getting out and having adventures. Why worry about having one these days? Just leave it at home and live on the edge a little [​IMG]
     
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  9. Ziggy

    Ziggy Repreived Ski Pass: Gold

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    Take a SPOT Messenger.
     
  10. Rob Thomson

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    This forum post seems to pop up in Google searches for PLB use in Japan, so I'll post my deep dive into PLB use in Japan here:

    https://hokkaidowilds.org/can-use-plb-japan

    Basically, PLB use in Japan is illegal unless a) you're on the ocean, b) you're using a Japan-authorized PLB unit (only the Japan version of the ACR ResQLink+ is), and c) you've got a Japan radio license. There seems to be some efforts to allow their use on land too, but who knows when that'll happen.

    That said, satellite messengers like SPOT and Garmin inReach are fine. So as @Ziggy said, take one of those instead.

    In response to @skifree , the locals (me included) use a popular beacon that has a range of about 5km - the CocoHeli beacon (https://hitococo.com/cocoheli/). There's no emergency SOS button, and it is only useful if someone is looking for you, so it needs to be used in conjunction with telling someone where you're going and submitting backcountry plans to the police (https://hokkaidowilds.org/online-notification-police-backcountry-plans-japan).

    But basically, Japan should just get their act together and allow PLB use on land.
     
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