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Old 10-15-2012, 10:45 AM   #3241
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Its certainly everyone's own choice, but I definitely wouldn't say the tracking isn't worth it. I look at the tracking as another essential part of my "safety" when using the SPOT and a feature that's well worth having.

The other thing about the way I have OK's setup is my wife and family get e-mails and text messages when I send OK's and I don't want to be sending those that many times a day. I use the OK's when I'm stopped for period of time's and they know that. When I'm tracking, it means I'm moving so if I stop for an hour or more and still tracking, they might take notice.
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Yeah, I use my SPOT exactly as BlueLghtning does, especially when out of the country where I don't have a phone or internet access, and I use the OK message to let family know I'm stopped for the night and all is well. I personally would find the SPOT nearly useless without the tracking function.
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+1 Exactly!

I use the OK message to signal stopping for the night, the tracks allowed my "family" to follow my progress more real time.....saved me from having to reply to multiple text messages/phone calls/voice mails when I am within cell coverage.
I think the big difference here is my wife is usually out on her own bike, with her own Spot and if we split up, we think it's best to get a text message giving an indication of where the other person is. We don't mind getting multiple text messages. And tracking kills batteries much faster. I can go a season on a set of Lithium AA or AAAs.

But to each his own. I think tracking's useless and a waste of money, but that doesn't mean you have to.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:47 AM   #3242
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I am a SPOT tracker believer and am set up the same as above, but don't forget people, at this stage if you use SpotWalla they you must use an OK message every 24hours to keep the tracking function working, but 24hours of SPOT tracks all in the same place is a definite "hello I have an issue".


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Old 10-19-2012, 07:14 AM   #3243
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I have one and leave it on 24/7 in the fiberglass saddlebag of my Harley when on a road trip. That way, if it gets stolen at night, hopefully, it will leave a tracking trail. Batteries last about a week on tracking 24/7. Cheap insurance. It transmits just fine through the fiberglass lid.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:57 AM   #3244
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I have one and leave it on 24/7 in the fiberglass saddlebag of my Harley when on a road trip. That way, if it gets stolen at night, hopefully, it will leave a tracking trail. Batteries last about a week on tracking 24/7. Cheap insurance. It transmits just fine through the fiberglass lid.
I learned the hard way on MY SPOT2 that you have to reactivate the tracking featue every 24 houes. I was on the Alaskan Ferry heading south and wanted 10 minute tracks for the voyage. Finally figured it out...even though it is described right in the manual.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:33 AM   #3245
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O.K. help!!! All the GPS stuff and this spot stuff makes my head hurt.

I am not a tech junky and I ride alone way more than I care to admit. I am a fairly hardcore off roader and get myself pretty far out into the middle of nowhere often. My wife would sleep better if my phone always worked out there and if I could be tracked. I started looking into this spot deal and it seems like the way to go for me. Would you guys get the 2 or the latest that links to the phone....why? HELP!!!! and thanks in advance.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:05 AM   #3246
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O.K. help!!! All the GPS stuff and this spot stuff makes my head hurt.

I am not a tech junky and I ride alone way more than I care to admit. I am a fairly hardcore off roader and get myself pretty far out into the middle of nowhere often. My wife would sleep better if my phone always worked out there and if I could be tracked. I started looking into this spot deal and it seems like the way to go for me. Would you guys get the 2 or the latest that links to the phone....why? HELP!!!! and thanks in advance.

I bought the spot2 instead or the new thing cause i just wanted my wife to be able to locate me.. I also figured the link between the phone and the spot was going to be another distraction to my riding that i didnt want to deal with. Spot 2 does exactly what it says it will do "when I do what I am suppose to do exactly" I am the weak link so far because i forget to start the tracking mode or to push the checkin button..
I have not had any of the battery isses that the others have talked about.. I buy the energizer ultimate lithium and have about 6k mile on one set, i carry a spare set of 4 in my tank bag.. I also have an insuline pump that requires one battery.. and when the battery goes on it it goes fast so .. A four pack will run about $11.00 = 3 spare for the spot and 1 spare for my insulin pump.. cheap insurance for both accounts.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:32 AM   #3247
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I also opted for the Spot2, and it works as announced and no hiccups yet.
The girlfriend unit ( GFU ) can track me if desired and everything is smooth
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:55 AM   #3248
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My Spot went somewhere without me

When I agreed to loan my Spot out, I had no idea what it was being used for.

Weather balloon offers a sky-high view of the Columbia River
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:17 AM   #3249
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I investigated the Spot Connect, but as others have said, you need that phone signal and like you, I ride where it's spotty at best.
That's not correct. You do not need any sort of cellular signal to use the Spot Connect. It's designed allow you to send messages and emails that you type in the Spot Connect application on a smart phone, via a bluetooth connection to the Connect device, and then on to the satellite network. It's basically a normal spot that interfaces with a phone to provide some on-the-fly messaging abilities. It can also be used standalone for tracking and SOS signalling.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:19 AM   #3250
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When I agreed to loan my Spot out, I had no idea what it was being used for.

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Is that really yours??? haha, either way, pretty cool!
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:16 AM   #3251
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Hey rhino,

I have the 2 and it's done fine for me. I investigated the Spot Connect, but as others have said, you need that phone signal and like you, I ride where it's spotty at best.

.........
I put quotes on the "10-minute" signal because it won't work if you don't have access to a satellite. If you look at my map, point 85 was recorded at 14:08:35 and point 86 at 15:48:27. I was on Mt Hood and it's heavily wooded, so those were the only signals that got out for 1:40. Because of that, it looks like I took a straight path across the pass.

............

So if you're riding in the woods, this is a consideration. I ride secondary highways mostly and I often have gaps in my satellite coverage. I expect you're going to have the same issue with any GPS.

Is that helpful?
I have had better luck with SPOTII tracking reception....where do you mount the device?
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:45 PM   #3252
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It appears that I was misinformed. You are correct. Thanks for straightening me out

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That's not correct. You do not need any sort of cellular signal to use the Spot Connect. It's designed allow you to send messages and emails that you type in the Spot Connect application on a smart phone, via a bluetooth connection to the Connect device, and then on to the satellite network. It's basically a normal spot that interfaces with a phone to provide some on-the-fly messaging abilities. It can also be used standalone for tracking and SOS signalling.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:46 PM   #3253
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Yup.

I guess it officially has more miles on it now.

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Is that really yours??? haha, either way, pretty cool!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:10 PM   #3254
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On that trip, I had it mounted right behind my windshield.

You can see it here.
I run mine in a similar position. Mine maybe more parallel to the ground.

For other folks I run the best LI batteries I can and change soon after I get a low battery alert especially if in the wooded area or MTs. If in open ground I can always get a least the rest of the day on tracking with a low battery light.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:39 AM   #3255
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Very helpful, thank you.

I am riding an xr650r street legal or a CR500 not street legal. I leave from my house and on the CR stay within the tank but thats still pretty deep in the forest on little single track, some of the single track is mine alone created off deer paths. The XR I ride all the same single track stuff but can fuse it with street, stop for gas and keep going. I usually stay within about a 100 mile radius of the house but that is still a long way in the woods. I try to check in with the phone when I have a signal but was just looking for a little more. I have a big fat harley that I am getting close to the 100,000 mile mark but I don't get too worried riding roads and fire roads...people come by often enough, its the deep woods and the loss of signal scares me with this GPS.

Does this spot thing need care and feeding? my plan was to mount it to my camelback semi permenant and just turn it on when I leave. I don't need to be touching it and playing with it all the time do I? I run a program off the phone called ski tracks that has been within a few feet of some pretty deep rides....I just want to be rescued if something goes wrong. I go with the knowone is here for me type attitude and roll prepared...food, water, flame, tools, tube, misc bolts, first aid kit, phone, wallet, emergency rain clothing and etc. as needed for weather. I ride from 2500' to around 10,000 I live at 5000.

I know the best move is to ride with others but it just doesn't happen all the time. So change of habbits is not the answer, I know its a numbers game I am not ready for mine to come up.
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