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Old 10-17-2009, 10:32 AM   #1501
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Okay, I am thinking of purchasing one of the SPOT GPS Satellite messenger services. They now have the SPOT2 unit out which is smaller and supposedly a better signal than the SPOT1. The reviews on the SPOT1 are pretty mixed when you read around. Seems like people either love it or hate it. Not to mention the yearly fee for the unit.

I would love to hear back from any riders using either the SPOT1 or SPOT2 unit. BTW, West Marine is selling the SPOT1 unit for $80 plus you can get a $30 Rebate card back to be used at West Marine. Thanks for
I have used the Spot 1 now for three years every time I ride or snowmobile. I will definately upgrade to the Spot 2. My biggest complaint with the Spot is if it isn't pointing towards the sky and concelead in something it may not send its signal. Also if it is anywhere near your GPS it won't send either. I finally got it's own carrying case and mount it on top of my gear at the back of the motorcycle and this does fairly well. In tight trees it won't send its location. It pings every 10 minutes and if it misses that ping then it waits another 10.

The description of the Spot2 say it transmits better..... my number one complaint with the Spot1. Also great to have text messaging codes for more versatility. My wife always tracks me on the internet when I go in the backcountry and when it stops pinging my location she gets nervous. This happens more than you would think with the Spot 1.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:54 PM   #1502
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Old 10-17-2009, 01:25 PM   #1503
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Thanks for the thread. Man, 100 pages and counting. Ouch!
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:21 PM   #1504
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Thanks for the thread. Man, 100 pages and counting. Ouch!
I know! you gotta be a speed reader!

Look for posts from "Spotmaker" he's our mole.
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:39 PM   #1505
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Spot 1 at Sam's club for $88 delivered

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...cfkjdgoodfgn.0
$79 @ west marine and you get a $30 gift card.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:53 AM   #1506
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$79 @ west marine and you get a $30 gift card.

nice. but since I need it for tomorrow, I had to buy one off the shelf at full retail. . I waited too long to review the gen 2 units. oh well.


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Old 10-18-2009, 12:18 PM   #1507
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I'm really having a hard time deciding between the Gen 1 or Gen 2 mostly because of the battery life. Are most still going with the Gen 1 units? or?

Compare Spot Gen 1 & Gen 2
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:38 AM   #1508
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But you found one? I've been to half a dozen of their listed dealers including both Cabelas and Bass Pro. Needless to say, none of the clerks even knew what I was talking about.

Emailed the company a week or so ago to ask where I might possibly buy one - where they may have actually been shipped - got no response.
Zero.

Apparently what we have here is a good product and a sad excuse for a business.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218116795825
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:03 AM   #1509
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I had seen a Gen 2 at the Lakewood REI and made the stupid move of wanting to go home and research it a little more before spending the money. We were leaving for NM a couple of days later so I thought there was plenty of time. Went back two hours later and the damn thing was gone. Come to find out no REI stores had any in stock nor did the online store. Luckily I found one in Santa Fe and snatched it up. I forgot the laptop (doh!) and couldn't activate it until yesterday. I'll let you guys know what I think later in the week.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:26 AM   #1510
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Bought the Gen1 unit before a 3 day road trip this weekend. All was well until about an hour before I got home. The unit was in the map pocket of the tank bag, green lights blinking, good battery and it just stopped reporting my track. I pulled in the driveway and my wife thought I was still an hour out. So, I called customer, 20 minute wait time, service and they were of no help. I have an e-mail in also so we will see. At this point I am thinking return the thing.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:46 AM   #1511
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I'm really having a hard time deciding between the Gen 1 or Gen 2 mostly because of the battery life. Are most still going with the Gen 1 units? or?

Compare Spot Gen 1 & Gen 2
wow, i just checked out the comparison. i have been thinking about the purchase of a spot for some time now and reading everything i can and all the reviews and waiting for the unit to improve.
it looks like they took a big step backwards unless i am reading something wrong. they have a hell of a ways to go before i would consider buying one.

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Old 10-19-2009, 01:45 PM   #1512
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I'm really having a hard time deciding between the Gen 1 or Gen 2 mostly because of the battery life. Are most still going with the Gen 1 units? or?

Compare Spot Gen 1 & Gen 2
Yikes!

Makes me glad I got the Gen 1.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:03 PM   #1513
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Just to put the battery life aspect of that comparison chart into perspective... the chart says the Spot1's battery life in tracking mode is 14 days. On my recent 4.5 month cross-country-48state trip I used my Spot1 in tracking mode all day every day and had to change the batteries twice... once mid-way through the trip and once on the very last day of the trip. In my experience, Spot1's battery life in tracking mode was 2.5 months, not 14 days.

Based on this, I believe that the Spot2's real-world battery life in tracking mode will be much greater than 4.3 days.

...hopefully
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:33 PM   #1514
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...Based on this, I believe that the Spot2's real-world battery life in tracking mode will be much greater than 4.3 days.

...hopefully
I haven't seen the specs. Did they specify the duty cycle? I presume 4.3 days means 103 hours of use (ten 10-hr days) at 6 transmissions per hour, or 618 GPS fixes and transmissions. Not too bad for something that size.

Based on what Spotmaker's said previously about their transmitter and antenna design standards, I'm betting they're the same in both Spot 1 and Spot 2, thus you're no more likely to get through with one than the other. If you upgrade to the new Spot it'll be for the added messaging options and smaller size -- both are worthy features.

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:38 PM   #1515
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Based on what Spotmaker's said previously about their transmitter and antenna design standards, I'm betting they're the same in both Spot 1 and Spot 2, thus you're no more likely to get through with one than the other. If you upgrade to the new Spot it'll be for the added messaging options and smaller size -- both are worthy features.

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New enhanced satellite antenna for improved performance in foliage or canopied environments and Advanced GPS performance chipset – The original SPOT suffered from less than stellar GPS performance in challenging environments and even some not so challenging. In part it was the GPS receiver, which wasn’t leading edge, but in larger part it was caused by the fact that the GPS receiving antenna and the satellite transmitting antenna were one and the same and it was optimized to transmit to the Globalstar satellites. SPOT claims the new dual use antenna is a major breakthrough and doesn’t compromise GPS performance. I’ll take that with at least a small grain of salt, but expect that there will be a significant improvement in GPS performance between having a current generation, high sensitivity GPS receiver and a better antenna. Only testing and field experience will show how much better.
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