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post #11 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 01:52 AM
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I think what you may be missing is that the $15 cell phones aren't going to have GPS. You're probably looking at closer to $100 for one with, plus the ongoing minutes/service days charges (about $7/month for my Tracfone).

Then there is the question of whether you'll have cell phone service where you ride. Most of the places I ride don't, but of course this depends on where you are.
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 05:47 AM
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I've seen a few that are GPS collars but they're made for dogs.
I'm sure you could attached to your saddle or put it in your saddle bag and it would work...
Saw them on Amazon.
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I think what you may be missing is that the $15 cell phones aren't going to have GPS. You're probably looking at closer to $100 for one with, plus the ongoing minutes/service days charges (about $7/month for my Tracfone).

Then there is the question of whether you'll have cell phone service where you ride. Most of the places I ride don't, but of course this depends on where you are.
It doesn't need traditional GPS. You can track phones with cell towers now.

Here's some examples
Http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/02/05/website-can-find-with-your-phone-number/
Http://www.worldphonetracker.com/
Http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-trace-a-mobile-phone-location-with-google-latitude/

I haven't tried any of them yet.

My area is pretty good about cell signal. There's spots that are dead zones but they are usually small pockets.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 02:21 PM
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It doesn't need traditional GPS. You can track phones with cell towers now.
But you're not going to get very accurate position information from a cell tower alone. In rural areas where you'd probably be riding/worrying about lost horses, the position might be within several square miles - not real useful for finding your horse.

But the way to know for sure how well it would work in your area is to just try it. Put the tracking software on your phone, then find a friend who'll go out riding (or hiking &c) in your riding area with their phone, and see if you can locate them.

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search google phone tracker, several different programs you can use.
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DA, that is an excellent idea. A detailed map of the area is a good idea too because horses take the most direct route home and the map would help sort that out.
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post #17 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 10:30 PM
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Much more money than you're likely wanting to spend, but if you're looking for a GPS transmitter that isn't limited by cell towers for signal, accuracy, range, and extended battery life... you could try looking into GPS transmitters specifically for use in Falconry.

Like I said.. costly, but could be useful in more remote areas if this is a concern to you too :)

I haven't had a chance to look through all the different products/brands/whathave you, but I think this page goes over what they are - http://www.marshallradio.com/north-a...y-transmitters

I believe the page also has hunting-dog specific products as well that might apply

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post #18 of 18 Old 07-13-2013, 10:32 AM
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West Marine sells a waterproof drypack for electronics.
I am looking into puchasing one of these to keep my cell phone and ID in.
It has cord so I can keep around my neck and/or tuck in my shirt.
Lately we spend so much time in the river and I am tired of holding my cell
Phone over my head so it doesn't get wet.
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