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Old 02-09-2010, 06:41 AM   #1801
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1. A dead man tether, this would allow the unit to sit on the dash in full sky view, when/if there is a prang, I go this way while the bike goes that way and this would pull the 'deadman' cord and activate the 911 function after a 2 minute delay. This allows me to make a mistake when I get off the bike and still not send a false 911 request. At the moment if I come off, the lanyard I have pulls the unit off with me and I just hope it does not wrap around my neck :)

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Could you explain how your lanyard works or post a picture? I like this idea but can't figure out how to get the mount to release the unit.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:10 PM   #1802
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Could you explain how your lanyard works or post a picture? I like this idea but can't figure out how to get the mount to release the unit.

Hi

OK, this is what I did. I used some snare wire, which is what I had with me and wrapped 3 turns around the unit near the top and used a stainless steel quick release snap lock for the connection to the stainless steel lanyard.










The other end is a spring clip as used on boats, also stainless steel and this is clipped to the zipper on my jacket, that ended up breaking, so I used a cable tie for the zipper instead :) This is not exactly ideal, but until I can think of a better anchor on my body, this will do and it does work as I have accidentally tested it ;)










Now, this is the way the SPOT normally sits in the cradle and yes it is hard to get it to release properly.








But, what I do is sit the unit in the cradle, but with the roller latch only half engaged as this photo shows.









This seems to work nearly everywhere, but not with corrugations, that is when it ends up back inside the cradle. This has not bothered me as yet, but I was going to cut a small bit of the rubber away so the roller would settle into a bit of a groove, but still be looser than it normally is.

I hope that is of some help.

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Old 02-09-2010, 03:28 PM   #1803
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Looks like a decent setup, I've been wondering how I'd go about the tether, the only difference in my conceptualization is that I will probably cut out the whole rolly ball and affix a light holding velcro that will keep it in place for the bumps but allow it to be yanked out by the tether if I find myself yanked out of my seat.

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Old 02-09-2010, 05:01 PM   #1804
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All that metal directly over the antenna will have a negative effect on receive and transmit performance. A nylon strap would be better.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:25 PM   #1805
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All that metal directly over the antenna will have a negative effect on receive and transmit performance. A nylon strap would be better.

You reckon?

Go here http://jasonjonas.org/spot/tripViewer.do?id=3421

And select all days from the drop down and you will see I have had no real big issues all the way down. The only times I had missing tracks was around the high mountains of Peru, Bolivia etc

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Old 02-09-2010, 05:41 PM   #1806
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You reckon?
I didn't say it would completely kill the signal, but it will have a negative effect. It may only show up when you are in a marginal situation, in which case you'll never know if it was the conditions or the metal objects or both that caused a missed signal.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:28 AM   #1807
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OK, point taken, I would have to find a marginal road, the do it twice with and without

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Old 02-13-2010, 04:25 AM   #1808
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Weekly Spot II Update??

Anybody receive the promised weekly update from Spot regarding the Spot II issues?
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:16 PM   #1809
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Anybody receive the promised weekly update from Spot regarding the Spot II issues?
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:37 PM   #1810
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I'm guessing that promo from BB is history, Spot does still offer a 50 dollar kickback from purchasing from authorized retailers though.
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:21 PM   #1811
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SPOT sent a tweet this morning. http://twitter.com/spot_messenger



Hi we should have an update as early as tom. morning on the status of SPOT 2 units. Please stay tuned and thanks for your continued support.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:23 PM   #1812
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Great News! SPOT Satellite GPS Messengers are starting to ship. Shipments to customers will begin on Thursday, February 18th, 2010. We expect to have all customer returned product out our doors by the first week of March.
Good news!
Just got the email from Spot
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:08 PM   #1813
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Good news!
Just got the email from Spot
Me too. Now lets see what condition the unit is when the replacement arrives. Mine was mint when it was sent off.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:58 PM   #1814
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Me too. Now lets see what condition the unit is when the replacement arrives. Mine was mint when it was sent off.
I'm wondering about the condition too...mine was like brand new too
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:23 PM   #1815
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I would expect that you would get a brand new replacement unit.
Opening a factory assembled unit, fixing the problem, re-assembling it and repacking it is simply more expensive than just replacing it.

Hopefully the unit swap on your Findmespot account should be straight forward, but I would test it on receipt
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