I wish to register a complaint. (Monty Python voice)

Gary Jacek

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I came across my old Ranger FastFind PLB with expired battery.
And I recall that Kayakwriter posted an update sometime back, of a Vancouver firm which replaces these batteries.

So, simple enough. Use the search function on WestCoastPaddler to search for "PLB" and author "kayakwriter" in the Gear Talk forum.

And I get this:

"The search could not be completed because the search keywords were too short, too long, or too common."

Like every other industry, paddling is rife with TLAs. (Three Letter Acronyms). And we all use them.

Would it be possible to relax the search rules, just a tad?
 

CPS

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Thanks for raising the concern. I'd had the battery professionally replaced several years ago by DBC Marine Safety Systems Ltd. Per the sticker they put on the unit then, that battery expired in October of this year. So I had it replaced again at DBC at that time - the current sticker says the battery is good until February of 2026.

This was found by searching "PLB battery". I know most forum software I've dealt with previously is a bit reluctant to modification.
 

JohnAbercrombie

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EDIT: CPS is quicker than me! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
***************** I don't use the search function at WCP very much, for reasons like the one above. For the past few years, I've been using Google with the WCP site specified.

Google search string: PLB battery replacement kayakwriter site:https://www.westcoastpaddler.com/

returned this:
https://www.westcoastpaddler.com/community/threads/to-epirb-or-not-to-epirb.9341/

with the info:
I'd had the battery professionally replaced several years ago by DBC Marine Safety Systems Ltd. Per the sticker they put on the unit then, that battery expired in October of this year. So I had it replaced again at DBC at that time - the current sticker says the battery is good until February of 2026.
 

kayakwriter

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So, simple enough. Use the search function on WestCoastPaddler to search for "PLB" and author "kayakwriter" in the Gear Talk forum.And I get this:"The search could not be completed because the search keywords were too short, too long, or too common."Like every other industry, paddling is rife with TLAs. (Three Letter Acronyms). And we all use them.
Would it be possible to relax the search rules, just a tad?
Not being a techy guy, I'll probably need a little coaching from Tongo-Rad on that. It may be a little while: vet tests from a couple of days ago revealed our ancient rescue Shelty is in the last weeks of her life. We're focusing on making her final days as pain-free and happy as possible.
 
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Gary Jacek

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Ah yes, Google.

I worked in DP administering IBM systems software and associated trouble tickets.
Years ago we found that Google gave better results than IBMs own problem search engine.

I’ve reached out to DBC Marine re my PLB.
 
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