SPOT X 2-Way Messenger

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by BryceB, May 10, 2018.

  1. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    I know, it's just a disclaimer.... but still

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  3. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    the Spot 3 has similar limitations.
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  4. DanOH58

    DanOH58 Adventurer

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    Trying to figure out what locater to get for riding alone. I’m primarily interested in the SOS function. Any thoughts?
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  5. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    ACR ResQLink (406MHz personal beacon) is far superior for SOS. Battery life is 5 years and no subscription fees. Just make sure to fill out the registration online and update whenever possible so they have reliable information to go on

    SPOT is primarily a satellite messenger via commercial satcom with limited and secondary SOS capability via commercial response centre. The primary benefit of them is that friends/family can receive tracking and messages, not true SARSAT
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  6. Menhir

    Menhir Adventurer

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    It just depends on what your wants or needs are...

    I ride alone and my primary needs are to let my wife know, when I'm in areas that have no cellular service, that I arrived safely at the end of the day, and to be able to get emergency help if I need it.

    I had little interest in using the tracker as a communications device. The ability to let my family view my hourly progress was not a factor in my choice, but my wife appreciates it. :-) I've never even once turned on the auto-tracking "footprints" feature. I'll just usually send an "I'm OK" ping whenever I stop for gas.

    Still, if I get into trouble along the way and drop off the radar, so to speak, it's nice to know that someone can at least determine where I last checked in. It's a big country.

    So far, my touring all been in the continental USA and Canada. If I were to be spending a lot more time in more remote and extreme environments, I might go for something more elaborate.

    In my case then,

    The old Spot II works fine for me.
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  7. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    If SOS is all you are after a PLB is the way to go, otherwise inReach rather than SPOT.
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  8. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Agreed.




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  9. DanOH58

    DanOH58 Adventurer

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    I was able to get a brand new Spot Gen3 for free from a kayaking buddy of mine. Thanks for all the input everybody.
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  10. DanOH58

    DanOH58 Adventurer

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    You described my ideal scenario right now. Let wifey know I’m good every day and SOS if I go over a cliff.
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  11. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    I have a spot 3 and will probably stay with spot because of the additional insurance plans they offer such as SAR insurance and vehicle recovery. I used my spot once and it worked as advertised.
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  12. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    I always joke that it's so my wife can let them know where to collect the carcass and she won't have to wait 7 years to collect insurance that way.
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  13. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    hey, nothing wrong with expediting the process
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  14. DanOH58

    DanOH58 Adventurer

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    I haven’t checked into the insurance yet, but I did carry Divers Insurance when I kayaked the Grand Canyon. The insurance is super cheap and can offset the cost of an emergency extraction.
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  15. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    I cancelled my SPOT gen 3 in March but the GEOS insurance was convenient and affordable (although at least in my country most responses would be police, volunteers, military etc at no cost)

    I haven't looked into it recently but I remember there being better options out there for insurance coverage. Many a business make their easy profit on the up sales like rental cars and add on insurance.. just saying
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  16. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    The GEOS insurance is cheap and their type of vehicle recovery insurance I’ve never seen offered anywhere else (they’ll come out and get you on any road or track)
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  17. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    Maybe so, but you can buy directly from GOES here whether you have a SPOT or not

    MEDEVAC seems to be a separate membership at $129-$175/year. I know there are other MEDEVAC options that frequent travellers seem to use

    Definitely worthwhile if leaving north america
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  18. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    I’ll still keep my spot, but good to know, thanks.
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  19. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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    Had SPOT gen2 four yrs. Does fine in the desert. Kept losing track points in the woods (MT Hood). Just in certain areas. I've seen their reference to "open sky" for best connection, and found tracks in clear cuts and wider road. No track points on the 10 ft wide skid roads we like to ride.

    This year went to IR SE+ and it lays down track every 10 min. in heavy forest. Is that a result of Garmin using iradium satellite vs. SPOT satellite access?
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  20. dad2bike

    dad2bike Retired! Cranky Old Fart

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    I've had the Gen 2 for years. I preferred it over the Gen 3 since it was continuous tracking. My wife follows me and the rule is if there is a ton of track points at the same place... That where you send them to pick up my body. :lol3

    I've presently got my messages custom set up so I have 4 levels
    1- OK
    2- Need retrieval no medical
    3- Need retrieval yes medical as well. Not critical
    4- SOS- Sent the full Calvary Shit has hit the fan.

    That said I'm very interested in the new SPOT X and plan.
    Has anybody got one yet and if so what are the time lags between text sent and received?
    This could be a cost effective way to get more real time communications without the expensive SAT phone.
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