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I am thinking about buying a Garmin inreach Explorer+ for a couple European trips in my future.  On Amazon

Are there any laws or rules that would prohibit the use of a satellite device on an open air deck?  I would use it for GPS location tracking and sending and receiving text messages by satellite to my husband, stateside.  Thanks for any ideas.  

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Suggest researching thoroughly yourself, the requirements of the countries you plan to visit. However, other than Russia, I am not aware of any European countries that restrict use of Sat phones.

 

Countries that do not accept Sat phones, that I recall, are China, India, Cuba, Burma and some others.

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We've used an InReach in the Western Hemisphere from Alaska to Cape Horn with no issues on board a ship or ashore.  If asked I would just call it a Personal Locator Beacon, which is what it us.

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I used an inReach Explorer on an Around Britain cruise this summer.  I did carry it in a generic (non-Delorme) snap case so it wasn't obviously visible.  Performance was excellent.

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