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Old 01-23-2010, 10:54 AM   #1771
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I was at the Outdoor Retailers event in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The guys at the Spot booth said a "couple of weeks yet" before units are ready.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:29 PM   #1772
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Used my envelope to return my SPOT II. However, the envelope had postage already on it. Great, right? Nope. The postage stamp was dated (1-7-10) days before the date I received the package. As the less than kind USPS worker explained to me, it can only be shipped on the date of the postage.



I had never heard of this, but WTF do I know. I decided the $1.72 wasn't worth the time and effort to call or email SPOT just to get what, $1.72? I just paid the postage and sent the thing back to them.

Wondering what customer service plunder is going to occur next. Really anxious to see what's coming back to me.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:38 PM   #1773
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Wondering what customer service plunder is going to occur next.
Plunder or blunder?
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:51 PM   #1774
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This SPOT 2 "recall" is a helluva thing. From the half-assed bubble wrapped, no tracking postage paid envelope to the possibility of getting a refurbished SPOT in exchange.

Mind you, I have no issues with refurbished equipment, in fact, given the choice I will buy refurbished over new. However, the idea of getting a refurbished unit when I paid for a new one CMA.....
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:36 PM   #1775
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My local Post Office didn't even question the date on the meter impression (at least 2 weeks older than the date I mailed my unit in). The clerk just added the additional postage required for delivery confirmation, and the package was good to go. I paid less than a buck to get the piece of mind of a delivery confirmation.

Re: the packaging, I really didn't care what the packaging was as the packaging was SPOT's and their responsibility. Of course, I will be interested in the packaging for the return unit to me.

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Used my envelope to return my SPOT II. However, the envelope had postage already on it. Great, right? Nope. The postage stamp was dated (1-7-10) days before the date I received the package. As the less than kind USPS worker explained to me, it can only be shipped on the date of the postage.



I had never heard of this, but WTF do I know. I decided the $1.72 wasn't worth the time and effort to call or email SPOT just to get what, $1.72? I just paid the postage and sent the thing back to them.

Wondering what customer service plunder is going to occur next. Really anxious to see what's coming back to me.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:40 PM   #1776
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Hmmmmm....


It looks like my procrastination paid off for once (I have not bought one yet).
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:25 PM   #1777
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I talked to the Spot Rep at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show on Sunday
He said the Spot 2's should be all good by mid February

I guess we will see......
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:20 PM   #1778
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My wife talked to the local REI manager about my new one. They suggested I just hold on this one for a couple weeks until they get in the new ones. Then we can trade with them at that time.
I sure hope I get to use my SPOT before Christmas.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:27 AM   #1779
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I use the SPOT 1 and have had good luck with it. It rides in a RAM mount on the handlebars next to the GPS on the motorcycle, but on the snowmobile it goes inside a Pelican 1020 case inside a backpack. I have no trouble with it in the cockpit on the bike, even if I crash. (I keep it tethered and don't worry so much about accidental 911 activation.)

On the sled, riding in the mountains, we pretty much on purpose spend the day in an argument with the environment, and I see no place in the cockpit for a SPOT on the sled, it's asking for trouble from

1) Accidental damage and loss
2) Accidental 911/"Help" activation (the button exposure issue on gen 1)
3) Accidental separation from the human - a defeat of purpose

I place the unit inside a 1020 case and in the pack it rides facing out, last item in on top, not oriented facing straight up toward the birds. It has never lost track. SPOTcasts here FWIW:

http://www.spotadventures.com/trip/view?trip_id=186066

Since mountain sled riding is alot like spending a protracted amount of time trading paint in turn 3 at Charlotte Speedway, with trees, snow as deep as your first story garage roof, tree wells, rollovers on purpose for getting sleds unstuck from hillsides and creekbeds and such - it just doesn't pay to tempt fate by running it in the cockpit. So I have had good luck so far with it in the pack, knock on wood.

YMMV.
Good luck.

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I received a Spot II for Christmas. The device is on recall, which prevents me from activating it and testing it myself. I'm looking at some mounting solutions with an emphasis being on water tight, and more secure.

My preference would be to place the Spot in a Pelican 1010 mirco case, which has a clear lid. I could then better mount the pelican case on my bike.

My question is, will the Spot transmit its signal through the clear, plastic lid of the pelican?
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:43 PM   #1780
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Received this today:

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Dear valued SPOT customer,
Spot LLC appreciates your cooperation in the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger (SPOT 2) Product Return Program. We know you are eager to receive your SPOT 2 replacement unit and Spot LLC is dedicated in providing you with the highest quality product as soon as possible.
We are happy to inform you that the testing for replacement SPOT 2 units is nearing completion. We anticipate having more good news with specific timing soon. In efforts to keep you informed on the status of your claim and the SPOT 2 product availability, we will provide you with email updates on a weekly basis. You can also review regular updates at www.findmespot.com/exchange
The Product Replacement Program has been expanded. Please check the ESN number on your SPOT 2 unit (located in the battery compartment) or in your SPOT account. If you have a SPOT 2 unit with an ESN number equal to or below 0-8053925 and have not submitted your SPOT 2 replacement claim, please visit www.findmespot.com/exchange and complete the simple Product Replacement form. All claims must be submitted by March 31 to be eligible for a replacement unit. If you have already submitted your claim, thank you.
Have questions?
Please call toll-free 1 (866) 727-7733 or Email: SPOTexchange@findmespot.com
Thank you for being a SPOT customer. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
The SPOT Team

















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Milpitas, California 95035
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:47 PM   #1781
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Well, I got this today...

Dear SPOT Customer,
We hope that you’ve been enjoying the peace of mind that SPOT provides during your adventures. Effective March 1,
2010,
the renewal of your GEOS Member Rescue Benefit Insurance will increase to an annual rate of $12.95 (USD).
The new rate reflects an increased rate change from the insurance underwriters. You do not need to take any action:
GEOS Insurance will automatically renew at the new price of $12.95 (USD) when your service renewal occurs.
As a subscriber to GEOS Insurance, you enjoy the peace of mind of low-cost insurance should you need it to cover
additional rescue services. We strongly recommend the GEOS Insurance service to all customers. Do not assume that
the official emergency services will have the personnel and equipment required available at that critical time when you
need help fast. In some countries, there may not be official help available at all! Even within the United States, you may
be held responsible for the cost of a medical evacuation via helicopter and that cost may not be fully covered by your
insurance. Your $12.95 (USD) investment could save you up to $100,000 (USD) and most importantly, your health and
life. There have also been changes to the GEOS policy terms. For more information on the benefits of GEOS Insurance
and these updated terms and conditions, including changes to the SAR coverage, claims process, covered activities /
territories and policy exclusions, please see here.
Keep on exploring with peace of mind knowing that you are backed by a leading provider of international rescue
benefits!
Enjoy your adventures,
The SPOT Team


It's still a bargain IMO. At least I got in before the increase :)
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:50 PM   #1782
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they are still 2 separate units...going to connect through wireless something

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ighlight=pn-60
http://gpstracklog.com/2010/01/delor...with-spot.html
Nice direction but smells of a classic first generation product. If you're getting a single point of failure it may as well be in a compact form single device. Plus I'd hate to have to call in with a support issue. Spot support is poor as-is and all you have here is an opportunity for cross finger pointing.

I saw a mockup of the Spot-2 this weekend. I knew it was small but didn't realize it was _that_ much smaller and lighter than the Spot-1.

Single combined unit (for climbing/bc use) would be nice but wonder how the SEND standards will impact the GPS side.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:07 PM   #1783
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Yep, got the GEOS notice today as well.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:42 PM   #1784
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Yep, got the GEOS notice today as well.
Same here.... got the notice earlier today. I'm not going to complain that much about this small increase. It's worth the money to me.

I also sent another email asking them to confirm that they did get my unit and did actually get a confirmation that it was received on 1/15 (mailed on 1/12). So with the wording of this message it would appear that I *MAY* see a return before March. MAY being the word. Even though, it's a lot more information than I have gotten in the past. I just hope it's soon. Spring is coming up fast.




Dear Robert,

Thank you for contacting Spot customer care.

This is to confirm that we have received your Spot-2 unit on January 15, 2010. We are already working on your case.

At this time, we are unable to provide you a definitive date on when the replacement unit will be mailed to you. Note that the Product Return Program runs from January 2010 to March 2010. You may get the replacement unit between this period.

We are committed to resolving any concerns related to the Product Return Program.

We hope this information helps and if you have additional questions, please do contact us via phone or email.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:48 PM   #1785
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SPOT in Thailand

I just returned from a trip to Thailand and was very disappointed in my unit's (SPOT 1 - first generation) performance. I turned it on every day before we went for rides, sent OK signals before and after each trip and, when I checked the page to see what I had, I had a total of 58 points, 2 of which were OK signals. It really isn't enough to see where I've been or what roads I took.

I used the unit last year when I rode from my home in Mexico to Barbers in Ala. for Vintage Days and it worked perfect. I understood when I bought the unit that it worked virtually everywhere in the world.

Can anyone tell me what the problem might be? The SPOT website really sucks. Since I've already got this thing, I'll keep it but, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have bought it.
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