Best Remote Communications for Overlanders :: Video

Remote Communications

Remote communications technology for overlanders has evolved swiftly in recent years. The democratization of both terrestrial signals via cell networks and GMRS, as well as satellite connectivity, has transformed not only comms within your travel party but also the ability to work and reach out to friends and family from nearly anywhere in the world.

This revolution has two fronts. The first is the thousands of communications satellites crowding the night sky beyond the Kármán line. According to the Index of Objects Launched into Outer Space, published by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), there were 11,330 individual satellites orbiting the Earth at the end of June 2023, a shocking 37.94% increase since January 2022. And second, the rapid miniaturization and increasing multi-functionality of the devices we hold in our hands or install in our vehicles.

In this video, Scott Brady covers the technology we included in our comprehensive remote communications guide in the Gear 2024 issue of Overland Journal. It leans heavily on the satellite communications front, including several Iridium-based phones and data devices, the Garmin InReach Mini 2 and Messenger, and Starlink mobile with the Unique Componentry 12-volt conversion kit. Closer to the ground, the trusty weBoost cellular signal booster and the Rocky Talkies hand-held GMRS radios make an appearance. Scott also discusses the not-so-distant future of remote communications, which is quickly condensing all of this technology into the tiny dimensions of the smartphone.

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Images: Scott Brady

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Stephan Edwards is the Associate Editor of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. He and his wife, Julie, once bought an old Land Rover sight unseen from strangers on the internet in a country they'd never been to and drove it through half of Africa. After living in Botswana for two years, Stephan now makes camp at the foot of a round mountain in Missoula, Montana. He still drives that Land Rover every day. An anthropologist in his former life and a lover of all things automotive, Stephan is a staunch advocate for public lands and his writing and photography have appeared in Road & Track, Overland Journal, and Adventure Journal. Find him at @venturesomeoverland on Instagram.