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Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-20-2009, 06:57 AM
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Posted By SpotMaker
Leaving a SPoT lay out on a table, or a rock, or...

Leaving a SPoT lay out on a table, or a rock, or a sidewalk outside in Track mode is exactly how we check both throughput (how many messages get through) and accuracy (what's the radius of the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-18-2009, 03:48 PM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
There's so many questions, but when I have time,...

There's so many questions, but when I have time, I could work on a FAQ.



The correlation between "being able to get a fix" and being able to get through the Globalstar network is a weak...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-18-2009, 12:53 PM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Oops. My bad. :doh

Oops. My bad. :doh
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-17-2009, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Thank you so much! Boney's post made my...

Thank you so much!

Boney's post made my head spin, it was so chock full of wrong information.

Your corrections of his erroneous info are all correct. Thanks!

This week is unbelievably...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-16-2009, 08:22 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Or vice versa. Some GPS units will...

Or vice versa.

Some GPS units will interfere with the SPoT. The SPoT will interfere with some GPS units.

Two different models of GPS units may interfere with one another.

Some...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-10-2009, 11:13 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
As Hog Wild posted the "S" in GPS actually stands...

As Hog Wild posted the "S" in GPS actually stands for "system". But GPS is a satellite based system.

A GPS based tracking device, like the SPoT, determines it's position from GPS satellites.
...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-09-2009, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I haven't tried it, but I suspect you'd be...

I haven't tried it, but I suspect you'd be disappointed trying to use NiMh batteries.

It shouldn't damage anything, if you want to see what happens...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-09-2009, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Actually, the "Satellite" in the title is...

Actually, the "Satellite" in the title is intending to convey that it's a 100% satellite based device.

Yes, GPS comes from satellites, but the SPoT transmits it's data back to the mothership via...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-05-2009, 01:33 PM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
If your GPS understands one of the three file...

If your GPS understands one of the three file formats that you can download them in, (GPX, CSV, or KML) then, yes, you should be able to do that.

As for availability: I just heard that the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-04-2009, 09:59 AM
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Posted By SpotMaker
We just make the SPoT. SPoT LLC (a division...

We just make the SPoT.

SPoT LLC (a division of Globalstar) markets it.

I don't know about sales, rebates, or other specials/incentives like that any sooner than the general public does.

I...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-29-2009, 06:32 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Wow, that's a great idea! :thumb A foam...

Wow, that's a great idea! :thumb

A foam earplug would conform around the batteries and the lid and tighten everything up very nicely!
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-28-2009, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I actually had my eyeballs on your old SPoT the...

I actually had my eyeballs on your old SPoT the other day. Matt is just down the hall from me.

The only cause we can think of for the symptom you describe (SPoT spontaneously turning off) is...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-26-2009, 06:54 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Under average real world conditions (imperfect...

Under average real world conditions (imperfect view of the sky), due to the movement of the Globalstar satellites relative to the surface of the earth, about 70% of the messages get through.

That...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-22-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
That is correct. Multiply 4.3 x 24 hours to get...

That is correct. Multiply 4.3 x 24 hours to get hours of operation on a set of batteries.



Transmitter radiation pattern and power is specified to a gnat's arse by Globalstar. So you're right...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-19-2009, 07:38 AM
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Posted By SpotMaker
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9511...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9511012&st=spot+2&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1218116795825
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-16-2009, 08:33 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
As far as battery life is concerned, it is a...

As far as battery life is concerned, it is a simple matter of AAA's having fewer amp hours than AA's. Also, in Track mode, the SPoT-II sends additional transmissions, compared to the original SPoT,...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-29-2009, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
If you press it again before it has finished, it...

If you press it again before it has finished, it doesn't do anything.

The burst of 3 transmissions is randomized over a total of 10 - 20 minutes. Specifically 5 - 10 minutes between the first...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-24-2009, 09:31 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
How you managed to turn off the tracking feature...

How you managed to turn off the tracking feature was that the button (either power or OK/Check/Track) got mashed up against something slightly pointy in your backpack.

Had that "pointy" something...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-23-2009, 03:04 PM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Battery life on the new SPoT is 4.7 days for...

Battery life on the new SPoT is 4.7 days for continuous 911/SOS operation (1350 messages at 5 minute intervals). About 6 - 7 days of "Track" operation.

This compares to old SPoT of 7 days...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-23-2009, 12:02 PM
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Posted By SpotMaker
SPoT Inc. was emphasizing "SMALLER, SMALLER,...

SPoT Inc. was emphasizing "SMALLER, SMALLER, SMALLER", above and beyond almost everything else.

The design you see that we released, if anything, they let it be that big only grudgingly. They...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-22-2009, 12:22 PM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
None have shipped to retailers outside the USA...

None have shipped to retailers outside the USA yet.

Europe sometime before the end of October, I think, but I'm not positive. Canada before that...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-18-2009, 07:18 AM
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Posted By SpotMaker
It (SPoT II) is actually now shipping in limited...

It (SPoT II) is actually now shipping in limited quantities.

SPoT Inc. gave one large retailer (I don't know if I'm allowed to tell you which one it is or not) an "exclusive" for a few weeks,...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-24-2009, 07:42 AM
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Posted By SpotMaker
Once again, the primary reason we tell you to use...

Once again, the primary reason we tell you to use Lithium batteries is because Alkaline batteries DON'T WORK if the temperature is below freezing! This has nothing to do with what device they are...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-22-2009, 01:47 PM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I have no idea. We only make the thing, we don't...

I have no idea. We only make the thing, we don't market it.
:D
However, if I hear anything, I'll let you know.
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-22-2009, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Now that the cat's out of the bag... :evil ...

Now that the cat's out of the bag... :evil

Some cool things about the new SPoT:


Note the covers on the S.O.S. and "Help" buttons. Much harder to push accidentally.
We and the folks at...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-28-2009, 06:57 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
In the Messages/message history page, there's a...

In the Messages/message history page, there's a pulldown near the upper right corner of the list to select how many messages in the list. One of the selections is "all messages".

So, for...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-23-2009, 08:22 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I and others have raised that issue several times...

I and others have raised that issue several times with Spot Inc. and with our own marketing people. At this time, they still insist on red and green.

I have a son with red-green colorblindness so...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 02-13-2009, 08:10 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
And in-orbit spares. A spectacular news...

And in-orbit spares.

A spectacular news story (and scientifically interesting as hell), but it won't affect Iridium users at all.
Forum: Layin' down tracks 01-14-2009, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I thought this was rather cool. This SPoT...

I thought this was rather cool.

This SPoT was mounted in a RAM mount on a truck that burned in Baja.

The SPoT still works!

All the buttons work, the LED's blink, and the GPS sensitivity...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 01-05-2009, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Edit: Looking at some texts from my SPoT and...

Edit: Looking at some texts from my SPoT and others I think I figured out what it is.

The last digits of the number are an up-counter of "OK/Check" messages your SPoT has sent, and it appears to...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-30-2008, 09:08 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I'm really impressed with the design of RAM's...

I'm really impressed with the design of RAM's mount for the SPoT.

I only wish the photos on their web site showed it mounted optimally, with it's "face" facing the sky (as you have mounted it).
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-27-2008, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
An actual transmitted message of 0.0 latitude!...

An actual transmitted message of 0.0 latitude! :clap

Love it! I'm jealous. Not only of where you were, but that you managed to get a transmission of actually 0.0 and not just "something close",...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-13-2008, 07:57 AM
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Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
The "on" battery life figure is rather silly...

The "on" battery life figure is rather silly (that's marketing guys, I'm an engineer).

Here's the official lifetimes:


Off - Till the expiration date on the battery package.
On (not doing...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-12-2008, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Exactly! On Friday, rescuers were...

Exactly!

On Friday, rescuers were dispatched because he was known to be in trouble!

That tells me that the GEOS center contacted search and rescue people on Friday, because they received a...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 10-10-2008, 07:27 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
My guess is the batteries were not fresh when he...

My guess is the batteries were not fresh when he activated 911.

I'm guessing, like most SPoT users, he'd been running in track mode quite a bit before he needed the 911.

You've got about 12 -...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-29-2008, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
The main driving force behind this unit's antenna...

The main driving force behind this unit's antenna is meeting Globalstar's extremely tight requirements for a transmit antenna that uses their satellite network. The tightness of the spec as to what...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-19-2008, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Just someone's decision, somewhere within SPoT...

Just someone's decision, somewhere within SPoT Inc.

I kind of like it that way, actually. The first on the list is the most recent place I was. But, since opinions differ, a feature on the web...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-18-2008, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
Here comes a hint: When you tell the SPoT...

Here comes a hint:

When you tell the SPoT setup page that the recipient is a Cel phone, it sends the Latitude and Longitude in the message, but as plain text, not as a clickable link.

Some...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-18-2008, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I agree with you that I think SPoT ought to...

I agree with you that I think SPoT ought to forget about the "nearest location" data until Google has it working better. (It is a Google maps "beta" feature to begin with.)

Here at the Axonn...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-28-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 3,548
Views: 608,101
Posted By SpotMaker
I read that review the day it came out. ...

I read that review the day it came out.

Interesting what people focus on, but I found it to be a mostly positive review.

Their main beef was that it wasn't "sensitive enough". Since they...
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