The Great Big SPOT Thread

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by John E Davies, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Cool :thumb

    This'll be an international flight BTW :pynd

    -M
  2. Stricko

    Stricko DRZ'er

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    G'day all , well I got a Spot Connect with tracking subscription, and have set it all up with no dramas, ran a test "check in" and all is good, I will be heading out with some mates in a week or so and will test the tracking side of the gadget.
    Now I have been looking for info on what prefefined messages people put in commonly ?
    I have put a few that I feel would be useful in NON emergency messages.

    1. Im OK bike broken down. Send ute or trailer with tie downs
    2. About to head off again and all is well
    3. Having fun wish you were here
    4. Checking in and all is well
    5. I need some help, not life threatening but could someone come as soon as possible
    6. I have someone with me injured, not life threatening, please send help as soon as possible

    Anyone have any further message they use ??

    Cheers
    Stricko
  3. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Been here awhile

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    My non emergency messages says "Just checking in to say everything is ok,.... Love Unclebud"

    I send this message when I stop for a period of time longer than a gas stop.. I stopped one time and went for a little sight seeing on foot for about hour and half .. wife was watching on computer and got concerned since I had not moved in a long time..

    My other message says " I have reached my destination for todays journey... love Unclebud"..
    I did this because I have a few people that get text messages ever time I send a message.. Wife, mom, niece, select friends.. They tell me they like the text messages during my trip but they also want to know when I get where im going.. And I didn't want to have to call each one to tell them I made it..:freaky

    my emergency message says something like "I need help please call local authorities with the coordinates on this message they will be able to find me."
  4. Soberman001

    Soberman001 Been here awhile

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    We are headed on a two-up trip from the US to Halifax in NS, Canada. After that, we are headed to Montreal. Does SPOT work in those regions of Canada? Is there a separate subscription I have to get?

    Thanks
  5. Northern Hooligan

    Northern Hooligan Been here awhile

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  6. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    SPOT does NOT work "anywhere" in the world. It has a limited coverage area, see coverage map:
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  7. Soberman001

    Soberman001 Been here awhile

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    Thanks boys!:freaky
  8. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    He did say "almost"

    For some strange reason I could not get it to work when I was in Singapore. No OK messages nor tracking came through at all, not sure what happened there but it worked fine the day before and after in Thailand
  9. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    His original post did not include that word. He edited it after my post.
  10. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    - http://www.cyclenutz.com/SPOT-Gen3-Satellite-GPS-Messenger_p_936.html
    - http://blog.cyclenutz.com/2013/05/spot-gen3-release/

  11. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Hmm, the SPOT 3 might be good enough to make me upgrade from my SPOT 1. I do like the USB cord and the varying tracking rates. However, I'm not sure about the "Motion activated tracking". I hope that is a configurable setting because one of the things I've always said about the Tracking is if you crash and are knocked out, at least the tracking keeps going to show people where you are. We'll have to see when its released how that is setup? They have seemed to improved battery life over the SPOT 2 which was one of my main reasons for not upgrading to it.
  12. Kainic

    Kainic Almost there

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    The decision point is going to be price for the new Gen3.
  13. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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  14. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    Fair enough. On the phone app I don't get to see the "last edited" bits
  15. Stricko

    Stricko DRZ'er

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    So I got a SPOT connect 1 month ago. put new Lithium batteries in it.bought a RAM mount for the handlebars to give it a clear view of the sky. took off on a rece ride for a look see and to test the tracking on the SPOT... switched on , did a checkin all OK .. set tracking ON waited for a while then took off for the ride. 1/2 hr later noticed that no lights were working on the SPOT.:huh. turned back on and took off again... checked to see if it was working NO LIGHTS ON !!!:eek1
    BLahh didnt bother to turn it on again... Bought another set of batteries for the next weekend trip and day of departure did the same routine... and the SPOT continued to turn off over the 2 day ride !!
    Logged a warrenty claim via their website with a lengthy note regarding it's NON performance.And told them to have a look at the checkins and tracking to see that it was shuting down . Got an email with a place to send it back to when I recieve the new one. Now awaiting for the replacement SPOT to see if it is as dodgy as the first one..
    And yes I tried stuffing the battery cover with paper - foam - ear plug etc But as I explained to SPOT in my lengthy note " I am baffled why I should have to Stuff the battery compartment to stop batteries possibly rattling loose" " when they claim and state it is built tough and rugged "
    I shall report again once I recieve and test the replacement SPOT connect.:deal
  16. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Wow, that stinks.

    Although the SPOT Connect sounded like a great concept when it came out, has there been anyone that's really happy with it and having good luck? I haven't seen a lot of reports of it in this thread, but what I have seen seems to be negative in most aspects.

    I hope it the 2nd one works better for you.
  17. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    Had to use my spot 2 weekends ago. No medical emergency, but I was out playing on some dirt trails when my Wee lost almost all power to the rear wheel.

    (I now know that it was just needing a clutch adjustment, but I didnt have the tools in the tool kit to remove the cover, or the knowledge that was the issue)

    Was also 80 miles from my house. So, while in the middle of nowhere, I managed to pull up the coverage on my cell and add roadside assistance. Then babied the bike to a gas station that had some tables and some warm grub, and then hit the button. 3 minutes later, they called, asked the issue, and then said they would call back as soon as tehy found me a tow truck. We agreed on a place about 50 miles where I could meet a friend to get back the final bit ($5 a mile after that was the going rate). They called back in 30 min, and said the tow truck would be there in 90 min.

    Guy showed up with a normal to truck and a motorcycle trailer. We chatted about bikes and stuff all the way back to the outskirts of Pittsburgh.

    So far, so good. Already paid for itself, much better deal than triple A.
  18. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

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    Sounds like the vibes from the bike were causing the batteries to loose their connections with the terminals. I had a similar problem with a Garmin ETREX and fixed it with some paper "spacers" to hold the batteries tighter.
  19. Stricko

    Stricko DRZ'er

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    Well new replacement SPOT connect has arrived, updated firmware, rang SPOT in the USA to get the old device cancelled and swapped over to the new one. Great service and changed over in about 2 minutes. Paired with phone and checkin sent, no dramas so far. Now to hit the tracks and see how it goes for round 2
  20. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Recalculating... recalculating.... HCMC-Vietnam :)
    Bought an used SPOT, tried to register my own account but failed.
    The previous user's account is still active. Emailed to the seller for the account detail but no answer.
    Call the SPOT service, really nice guy received my information and trying to get the previous user for the detail.
    Waiting....