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Spot Satellite Messenger with GPS Tracking
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Whether you're just checking in, allowing others to track your progress, or calling for help, SPOT gives you a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when and where you need it. Since it utilizes 100% satellite technology, SPOT works even where cell phones don't. SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of North America, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia, and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas. In the SPOTchecking mode, SPOT sends three identical messages to the SPOT service for maximum reliability. The SPOT network will deliver to your SPOTteam the first message successfully received, and discard the remaining identical messages. Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your progress using Google Maps. SPOT sends one message every 10 minutes for 24 hours or until SPOT is powered off. Dimensions - 4.38 x 2.75 x 1.5 (111x69x44mm) Weight - 7.37 ounces (209 grams)

Give your loved ones full peace of mind when you're on the mountain with the Spot Satellite Messenger. Whether you're just checking in, allowing others to track your progress, or calling for help, Spot gives you a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when and where you need it. Spot employs a GPS satellite network to acquire its coordinates, then sends its location to the recipient of your choice, complete with a link to Google Maps and a pre-programmed message. Unlike personal locator beacons, however, Spot does more than just call for help. The SpotChecking feature, for example, lets you notify your SpotTeam--the friends and family you've chosen as your contacts--and tell them all is well, notify them of your location, or save waypoints so you can review your route at a later date. You can also activate the SpotCasting feature to let friends and family follow your progress in real time (every 10 minutes). Anyone with access to your account information can log on and view your route, complete with virtual views provided by Google Maps. SpotCasting is a terrific feature for mountain climbers looking to celebrate their accomplishments with their loved ones.

The most important feature, however, is Spot's ability to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening or other critical emergency. Once activated, Spot will acquire your exact coordinates from the GPS network, and then send that location along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled. The Emergency Response Center will then notify the appropriate emergency responders based on your location and personal information. Responders may include local police, the highway patrol, the Coast Guard, an embassy or consulate, or other emergency response and search-and-rescue teams. Even if Spot can't acquire its location from the GPS network, it will still attempt to send a distress signal--without your exact location--to the Emergency Response Center, which will still notify your emergency contacts of the signal and continue to monitor the network for further messages.

Spot works around the world, including in virtually all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, and portions of South America, Northern Africa, and Northeastern Asia. And provided you're in a good coverage area, Spot offers a 99 percent probability of sending a successful message within 20 minutes. As a result, Spot is ideal for anyone with a taste for outdoor adventures, including boaters, kayakers, sailboarders, archaeologists, skiers, climbers, pilots, business travelers, snowshoers, and just about anyone else.

Spot requires two AA lithium batteries, with a battery life of up to one year in standby mode, 14 days in SpotCasting mode, or 7 days in 911 mode. And thanks to the water-resistant housing (safe in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes), you needn't worry about using Spot in adverse conditions. Spot measures a compact 2.75 by 4.38 by 1.5 inches (W x H x D), weighs 7.37 ounces, and carries a one-year limited warranty.

Communication Functions:



    Spot employs a GPS satellite network to acquire its coordinates, then sends its location to the recipient of your choice, complete with a link to Google Maps and a pre-programmed message.
  • Alert 9-1-1 dispatches emergency responders to an exact location
  • Ask for Help sends a request for help to friends and family with your location
  • Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are okay
  • Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows others to track your progress using Google Maps

Battery Life:

  • Power ON, unused: Approximately 1 year
  • SPOT casting continuous tracking mode: Approximately 14 days
  • 9-1-1 mode: Up to 7 consecutive days
  • HELP mode: up to 1900 messages
  • SPOT check OK up to 1900 messages

Specifications:

  • Weight: 7 ounces
  • Waterproof to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes
  • Operating Temperature: -40oF to +185oF
  • Operating Altitude: -300 feet to +21,300 feet
  • Humidity and Salt Fog Rated



Give your loved ones full peace of mind when you're on the mountain with the Spot Satellite Messenger. Whether you're just checking in, allowing others to track your progress, or calling for help, Spot gives you a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when and where you need it. Spot employs a GPS satellite network to acquire its coordinates, then sends its location to the recipient of your choice, complete with a link to Google Maps and a pre-programmed message. Unlike personal locator beacons, however, Spot does more than just call for help. The SpotChecking feature, for example, lets you notify your SpotTeam--the friends and family you've chosen as your contacts--and tell them all is well, notify them of your location, or save waypoints so you can review your route at a later date. You can also activate the SpotCasting feature to let friends and family follow your progress in real time (every 10 minutes). Anyone with access to your account information can log on and view your route, complete with virtual views provided by Google Maps. SpotCasting is a terrific feature for mountain climbers looking to celebrate their accomplishments with their loved ones.

The most important feature, however, is Spot's ability to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening or other critical emergency. Once activated, Spot will acquire your exact coordinates from the GPS network, and then send that location along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled. The Emergency Response Center will then notify the appropriate emergency responders based on your location and personal information. Responders may include local police, the highway patrol, the Coast Guard, an embassy or consulate, or other emergency response and search-and-rescue teams. Even if Spot can't acquire its location from the GPS network, it will still attempt to send a distress signal--without your exact location--to the Emergency Response Center, which will still notify your emergency contacts of the signal and continue to monitor the network for further messages.

Spot works around the world, including in virtually all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, and portions of South America, Northern Africa, and Northeastern Asia. And provided you're in a good coverage area, Spot offers a 99 percent probability of sending a successful message within 20 minutes. As a result, Spot is ideal for anyone with a taste for outdoor adventures, including boaters, kayakers, sailboarders, archaeologists, skiers, climbers, pilots, business travelers, snowshoers, and just about anyone else.

Spot requires two AA lithium batteries, with a battery life of up to one year in standby mode, 14 days in SpotCasting mode, or 7 days in 911 mode. And thanks to the water-resistant housing (safe in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes), you needn't worry about using Spot in adverse conditions. Spot measures a compact 2.75 by 4.38 by 1.5 inches (W x H x D), weighs 7.37 ounces, and carries a one-year limited warranty.

Communication Functions:



    Spot employs a GPS satellite network to acquire its coordinates, then sends its location to the recipient of your choice, complete with a link to Google Maps and a pre-programmed message.
  • Alert 9-1-1 dispatches emergency responders to an exact location
  • Ask for Help sends a request for help to friends and family with your location
  • Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are okay
  • Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows others to track your progress using Google Maps

Battery Life:

  • Power ON, unused: Approximately 1 year
  • SPOT casting continuous tracking mode: Approximately 14 days
  • 9-1-1 mode: Up to 7 consecutive days
  • HELP mode: up to 1900 messages
  • SPOT check OK up to 1900 messages

Specifications:

  • Weight: 7 ounces
  • Waterproof to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes
  • Operating Temperature: -40oF to +185oF
  • Operating Altitude: -300 feet to +21,300 feet
  • Humidity and Salt Fog Rated

Features:
  • Satellite messenger with GPS tracking for keeping users safe on adventure trips
  • SpotChecking feature alerts friends and family of your precise location
  • SpotCasting function lets friends and family follow your progress in real time
  • Sends GPS coordinates and distress message to Emergency Response Center
  • Satellite technology works around the world; measures 2.75 x 4.38 x 1.5 inches (W x H x D)

Customer Reviews:

  • Spot Satellite tracking
    Have not used yet due to medical problems. However bought 2 and both of us are very satisified . Have read many reports and expect these to preform well....more info
  • Nice idea, big problems in actual use.
    After completing a three-day climb of Mt. Rainier, upon my return I discovered that ONLY ONE "OK" message had been sent while we were on the mountain, despite setting the unit to transmit tracking signals every 10 minutes; almost 400 messages should have been sent. The Spot unit was in my front (thin) pants pocket or on a rock at a bivy site pointing to the sky the whole time. A call to the manufacturer revealed that the Spot unit requires "a clear unobstructed view of the sky" with nothing between it and the sky for it to operate properly; this critical information is lacking from the instruction manual. Unlike virtually any GPS unit, this means the Spot unit has to be on top of your head, your helmet, or somehow attached to the very top of your backpack at all times to transmit an OK or emergency signal successfully. This is a serious drawback to actual use of the unit. A satellite phone is a much better and more reliable, albeit more expensive, option. The subscription costs for the Spot unit ($150 per year for full service) are also non-refundable. Don't waste your money on this expensive trinket that at the end of the day will not bring you or your loved ones peace of mind. I do not trust the Spot unit and will be returning it for a refund of the unit's costs (but will be SOL on the subscription costs). I should have bought a satellite phone....more info
  • First Try at sending OK Locations worked well
    I have had the Spot Messenger for about a month now and have traveled remote areas in Canada and was able to send OK messages with no problem. They do take about 20 minutes from the time I turn it on to be completed however, so one should be aware of the time it takes to send messages three times, which is the standard pattern. The LED's are Quite adequate for letting one know what is occurring. ...more info
  • A product without an equal
    I've owned and used a SPOT for a year now. I've used it in rain, fog, blizzard and sunshine, in the forest, in the mountains and on the highway. I have used 911 once - it took all of 10 minutes - very fast. SPOT works as advertized. SPOT is adequate for 99% of outdoor adventures and offers capabilities found nowhere else. SPOT is not a replacement for a PLB or EPIRB in all cases - PLBs tend to be more rugged, less position sensitivity, and have higher power transmitters. But carrying a SPOT is a HUGE step forward in responsible backcountry travel. Although I don't mean to insult anyone, I should point out that the weak link with SPOT (and PLBs) is Search And Rescue. SPOT will get the message out, but whether or not the local SAR will be able to respond is dicey. If you are fortunate enough for SAR to be the US Coast Guard, rest assured that they will respond to SPOT just as fast as SARSAT.

    The usage model with SPOT is much different than that of a PLB. Nobody knows where you are or how you are doing with a PLB. With SPOT, there's no reason not to keep your loved ones informed and doing so will create the electronic bread crumbs enabling SAR to find you if you are unable to activate 911. My point is that if you drop dead of a heart attack while carrying a PLB, nobody knows where to look.

    Would I carry a PLB? Only as a backup to SPOT and only if the price comes way down. I would definitely have an EPIRB if I were ocean traveling - but I would still use a SPOT.

    Downsides to SPOT? Globalstar financials is the biggest risk. And the user interface on SPOT was obviously designed by engineers and it is a great IQ test. Those who complain about SPOT not working failed the test. SPOT should be enhanced to support more people.

    I have more usage info and tips at the following
    https://sites.google.com/site/hobbyhintstricksideas/Home/spot-messenger-information

    ...more info
  • Outstanding Test
    The SPOT arrived on-time and in perfect condition. I set-up the subscription info quickly on their web site. The e-mail notification and google map test for the TRACKING feature worked amazingly well. ...more info
  • Search and Rescue able to find lost party who was using SPOT
    I am a deputy with a county Sheriff's Search and Rescue patrol and had my first experience with the SPOT unit today. We had two motorcyclist lost in the back country for two days. Once they ran out of gas and food, they activated their SPOT unit. We kept getting messages with their exact location. We were able to locate them quickly and get rescuers to their remote location within hours. They were so far off of their "planned" route that it could have taken us days to find them without the SPOT unit. I wish all of our rescues turned out this good and were this easy to find! I plan on buying units for my loved ones. ...more info
  • SPOT right on.
    I have only just received my SPOT one week ago. I had no trouble getting it set up with the company.
    Now I have the confidence to wander around alone when necessary and also, together with someone else. If any emergency happens, I can summon help immediately right to the site!...more info
  • It's OKAY
    This product does MOSTLY what I had hoped. We got it for my son who is on the Appalachian Trail. Most of the time it tells us basically where he is at. I'm not certain of the accuracy - but it appears he is at least NEAR the trail...and some of the shelters are a bit off trail. What I wanted it to do was tell me where my son is. IT DOES THAT! Now, I hope it works accurately if the 911 button is ever required - AND I hope it is NEVER required! =) But I don't know how to test that - gotta trust the product.

    My big beef is my son is on the appalachian trail for 7 months - and the SPOT tracking page only holds messages and tracking points for 7 days. Waaa... so I have to transfer the points to Google Earth myself to make one of those new-tech, but old school idea, of "pins on a map" tracking. At least I have that.

    I'm such the proud mommy that I may end up ACTUALLY pinning a map too! :) At least this product - for comparatively less money - does what I wanted. Simply - no real lessons required.

    ...more info
  • the daughter's perspective
    i don't know all the technical stuff, but as the person sitting at home getting the messages, i LOVE this thing!! it was SO much fun to watch Dad get to different points on his hike, and to know that he was safe! as far as we could tell after the fact, i received each of the messages he sent along the way, a couple twice, i think.

    for anyone who spends a lot of time in the middle of nowhere, with loved ones at home, this is great peace of mind!!...more info
  • Works as advertised...
    After reading mixed reviews at Amazon.com, [...], etc.... I ~had~ decided to wait on purchasing. A buddy ended up buying one with positive experiences AND there was a special going on at SPOT so I bought one.
    Thus far, the unit works as advertised and I've not have any problems.
    They could work on some features like a small text screen to more definitively confirm commands and messages being sent etc... but overall I am happy with the purchase. My opinion now, is that for the price; right now it's the best way to go right now. ...more info
  • Works great on a boat
    Use this to track progress and location when out on a boat. Great for keeping family informed of whereabouts, and provide history of trips....more info
  • Dead weight
    I followed all of the directions for the Spot Messenger precisely, but mine was a complete lemon. Nothing worked properly, aside from the lights on the device. Prior to my round-the-world trip, my mother purchased this and asked me to use it for her peace of mind. With very limited packing space, I had to drag the useless POS around the world with me just so I could make sure my mom could return the product and get her money back... but now that my trip is over I see that the warranty is only for replacement?! Sigh. If you plan to purchase this for a particular trip, make sure to buy it early, with sufficient time to exchange it if you get a lemon like mine....more info
  • Spot Messenger and Tracker
    This devicde works exactly as described. The directions as to how to enable someone to access the tracking function are not all that great. A brief demo on the web site might be of a help. Once you get it figured out the system is actually pretty simple to operate....more info
  • I hope I don't need it
    I have only had my SPOT a short time and so far it has worked fine to send the "OK" message. Thankfully, I have had no need to send the other messages....more info
  • Works well IF you are in a clear area
    The Spot works well if you have a clear area to send a message. I've found that if I'm in a heavily wooded area or in a valley with mountains close on either side the message does not go through. However, in the clear it works well. Be advised that you must turn it on and leave it on for about 20 minutes after your message is sent to make sure that it goes out. If you also have a GPS it will usually work where ever the GPS will. It's a good emergency backup where there is no cell coverage. ...more info
  • Dose what it should
    I have had the SPOT unit for about three weeks and have tested it several times. It works just as it is advertised. I had a little trouble trying to change an email address for one of my contacts, but a call to the service number solved the problem quickly. I am well pleased. ...more info
  • SPOT...Un-reliable, NOT to be used for emergencies!!!!!!
    SPOT Messenger review: I have owned this unit since May 2008. I have used it numerous times during the months of June and July quite disappointedly with it's lack of reliability. Only functioned correctly 2 out of 9 times!!!! I spoke with SPOT customer care, competent and professional but could not help with technical aspects. I called on Saturday, will have to wait until Monday. (mean while my son is at sea and unable to communicate his position to me, the reason I purchased this sytem!) DO NOT buy this unit for an emergency tracking system, most likely it will not work! Instead, take the $149.99 you'd pay for the unit plus the $149.99 for the annual service fee (Yup, $300.00) and buy a portable USCG and/or SOLAS approved EPIRB, ELT or PLB from either ACR or McMurdo/Paines Wessex for about $500.00 with NO ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEE!!!! Both ACR and McMurdo units work!!!! SPOT is UNRELIABLE at best!!!! SPOT should be pulled from the marketplace as it represents the unit to be dependable when in fact the manufacturer knows this to not be true! It's a good concept but needs to fixed and brought up to a near 100% functioning reliability range before being re-introduced to the marketplace! Hopefully, the 2nd Generation units will WORK! ...more info