Why a personal locator beacon?

Personal locator beacons (PLBs) are satellite devices that transmit a distress signal to search and rescue organisations once they are activated. Because they transmit the signal via satellites, they can be used in remote locations, where no cell phone access is available. They are related to EPIRBs (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons), which are mainly used in boats and ships and usually are permanently installed in a vessel. PLBs are much smaller and lighter hand-held devices intended to be carried by a person.

The back of a PLB that I hired some time ago. The text describes its activation in detail.
The back of a PLB that I hired some time ago. The text describes its activation in detail.
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Blog moved to pelican blogging software

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In the last few days, I moved the blog over from the Perl-based blogging software blosxom, for which I had written various plugins to add missing functionality, to the Python-based static site generator pelican.

The decision was mainly motivated by the fact that I do most of my software development ...

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Hello World!

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I have been quite busy in the last couple of days with setting up this blog, but now it is finally online!

It will contain my writings, mostly about photography, various outdoor activities and travel in general. I have long thought about creating a central place for my writings, photos ...

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