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Duk Dog

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SPOT
« on: May 12, 2011, 07:52:55 PM »
Curious who uses one? I got mine for Christmas and will likely activate it in the next day or so. Which plan options did you sign up for? Besides being kind of neat is the track progress option worth getting? Looking forward to trying it out.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2011, 08:15:38 PM by Duk Dog »

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 09:45:33 PM »
Activated it tonight. Still have a bit to figure out, but it sure seems pretty slick with the test message I sent.

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 10:08:23 PM »
Have had one of the SPOT 2 for a year or better now.  I subscribe to the very basic plan. I have had one fail and had to have it replaced. I suspect it is a very rare occurance but it must be planned for. Here is part of a article I read that is worth considering when programming your messages:

"Meaning of SPOT2 messages
OK = We are OK and just checking in. Will generally do this starting hiking for the day at the end of the day when we make camp. We may occasionally send an OK at lunch, a summit, or significant point of interest. Also used to indicate that a significant deviation from route or schedules is “OK,” and to not worry.
Alan’s Custom Message = There is something up but it does not require rescue at this point. Start to closely monitor your phones (including mobile), email, trip blog, etc. Somebody is feeling ill, we have an orthopedic issue, terrible weather has set in, or we have significantly changed route or itinerary under duress, etc.
Amy’s Custom Message = There is something up, but it does not require rescue at this point. Monitor our SPOT locations and messages closely. Illness, injury, bad weather, unexpected ground conditions, etc.
Help = We have a problem we cannot solve and require rescue in 24-72 hours. Possible reasons include being lost or non-life-threatening illness/injury that is serious enough that the ailing person should not be left alone while the other goes for help. We are safe and this is not urgent, but we need assistance.
911 = We have a major problem that requires immediate rescue. Although you won’t receive this message, you are on the list to be contacted if it is sent out. (See below). We will not send this message unless we believe there is a serious threat to life or limb.
SPOT2 goes dead (no more messages)
Alan carries a sat phone, and his protocol is this: Start to closely monitor your phones (including mobile), email, trip blog, etc. for messages, calls, and voice mails from our sat phone. Absence of messages from both SPOT2 and sat phone for 24 hours indicates a significant problem, since it is unlikely that both the SPOT2 and the sat phone will fail and that we haven’t managed to move into a good transmission area to send out some sort of message.
Amy does not carry a satellite phone, and her protocol is this: If there are no tracks or SPOT2 messages, it does NOT mean that we have a problem. It could be one of many reasons, but you should NOT worry about it. (dead battery, device lost or damaged, etc). In
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this case revert to protocols used before we started carrying SPOT2: assume all is well until 24 hours after our expected trip completion time, at which point Responsible Party should notify the appropriate agency to initiate SAR.
If the track shows regular progress and/or there are daily OK messages, assume that all is well, even if hikers are off course or out past their planned trip completion time. This would be a normal scenario if a trip is delayed or rerouted due to weather, unexpected on-the-ground conditions, or minor injury/illness.
In the SPOT2 account, the text for the 911 (SOS) message includes the following information:
   Names (and optional – Passport Numbers).    Ages, medical conditions, allergies, medications.    “Will initiate 911 (SOS) message only when there is a perceived threat to life or limb
for ourselves or somebody we encounter on the trail. (Note: we will NOT initiate 911
for non-urgent request for help.)”    Planned itinerary and dates.    Local emergency phone numbers or the area were hiking: Forest Service, Park
Service, BLM, local Search and Rescue Organization, local sheriff, etc.    Full contact information for the Responsible Parties/Emergency Contacts (names,
addresses, cell/work/home phone numbers, email addresses).
The SPOT2 user leaves their login/password information with the Responsible Party/Emergency Contact, in case there are any problems with the account.
Pre-trip, the SPOT2 user sends tests for all four types of messages, OK, Tracking, Custom, and Help to all Responsible Parties/Emergency Contacts and makes sure they receive all email and text notifications, and that all messages show up on the Web tracking page."

crazy_davey

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 04:31:40 AM »
Activated it tonight. Still have a bit to figure out, but it sure seems pretty slick with the test message I sent.

I have used one a few times over the past few years. It will keep the female or females in your life happy if nothing else...  :-*

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 12:05:50 PM »
I have been using the SPOT2 a lot since last summer and am quite pleased with it. It has been reliable and is a worthwhile investment IMO, especially if you backcountry hunt/hike solo at all. As noted by Davey, it's a real peace of mind thing for wives and family...

I don't think you'll regret it.:)

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011, 08:15:06 AM »
I have been using the SPOT2 a lot since last summer and am quite pleased with it. It has been reliable and is a worthwhile investment IMO, especially if you backcountry hunt/hike solo at all. As noted by Davey, it's a real peace of mind thing for wives and family...

I don't think you'll regret it.:)

It was actually a Christmas gift from my wife for the very reason of less worrying while I am out and about in the mountains. A +'ve karma to Rackmastr  ;) as he was the one that helped her out with the gift idea as she wasn't sure what to get me.

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2011, 08:54:14 AM »
I've had one for a few years now, since they first came out. It gives me and mine a sense of comfort. Great device even places where Sat phones won't work, and believe me there are such places.

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2011, 05:33:10 PM »


I have used one a few times over the past few years. It will keep the female or females in your life happy if nothing else...  :-*
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The exact reason I got one,

however there are two interesting benefits for those at home. First especially if you are doing something really out there like climbing Denali, or hiking Machu Picchu everyone can watch your progress from home with the the tracker mode. I was just on a vacation excursion in the interior of Mexico and had it with me the entire time which gave friends and family a bit of a thrill watching our progress and sharing a little in our trip.

The second big thing is that you can add those waypoints to something called Spot Adventure. This will take all your way points on a google map and time orient them so that you can then overlay any digital photos you took along the way. When I first used this feature I was astounded how close the photos were attached on the map to the actuall position that you were at. It does this by relating the time on the photo with the time of you last waypoint. The site then allows you to customize page and add any story to it you want. It is a great way to save and store a great hunt or vacation and you can share it with anyone one or no one.

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2011, 08:39:20 AM »
Have a spot 2 on order, do you guys add the optional insurance to the registration fee?

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2011, 10:00:45 AM »
Yes I added the insurance to mine, never had to use it thankfully. But if and when (and hopefully not) it has to kick in, you'll be happy to be covered. Do you know what helicopter hourly rates go for?  ;)

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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2011, 10:11:01 AM »
About a grande an hour for a b206  :)

Duk Dog

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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2011, 06:51:43 PM »
The exact reason I got one,

however there are two interesting benefits for those at home. First especially if you are doing something really out there like climbing Denali, or hiking Machu Picchu everyone can watch your progress from home with the the tracker mode. I was just on a vacation excursion in the interior of Mexico and had it with me the entire time which gave friends and family a bit of a thrill watching our progress and sharing a little in our trip.

The second big thing is that you can add those waypoints to something called Spot Adventure. This will take all your way points on a google map and time orient them so that you can then overlay any digital photos you took along the way. When I first used this feature I was astounded how close the photos were attached on the map to the actuall position that you were at. It does this by relating the time on the photo with the time of you last waypoint. The site then allows you to customize page and add any story to it you want. It is a great way to save and store a great hunt or vacation and you can share it with anyone one or no one.

I take it you have to subscribe to the "track progress" option for this to work?
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Re: SPOT
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2011, 08:14:33 PM »
I have been using the SPOT2 a lot since last summer and am quite pleased with it. It has been reliable and is a worthwhile investment IMO, especially if you backcountry hunt/hike solo at all. As noted by Davey, it's a real peace of mind thing for wives and family...

I don't think you'll regret it.:)

It was actually a Christmas gift from my wife for the very reason of less worrying while I am out and about in the mountains. A +'ve karma to Rackmastr  ;) as he was the one that helped her out with the gift idea as she wasn't sure what to get me.

Definitely worthy of some good karma...:)

Should've mentioned, except for the insurance, I've the most basic subscription. The 'OK' check-in emails give a Google Earth view of your location and that was good enough for me and mine...

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2011, 10:49:28 PM »
Ya Duk you have to have the tracking feature. Personally I like the  feature, for seeing what and where you went on a trip and usethat for future trips or to verify your ocations after the fact and to expand them next time. I just like being able to map things out and see them up on the 3D google maps.

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2011, 08:43:29 AM »
Activated it tonight. Still have a bit to figure out, but it sure seems pretty slick with the test message I sent.

I have used one a few times over the past few years. It will keep the female or females in your life happy if nothing else...  :-*

For sure Davey - I think truth be known that is the reason most of us pack these things...

And fwiw Duk - I would try it out without the tracking option, you can always add it later.

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2011, 05:11:38 PM »
Activated it tonight. Still have a bit to figure out, but it sure seems pretty slick with the test message I sent.

I have used one a few times over the past few years. It will keep the female or females in your life happy if nothing else...  :-*

For sure Davey - I think truth be known that is the reason most of us pack these things...

And fwiw Duk - I would try it out without the tracking option, you can always add it later.

Ya so far I have elected to bypass the tracking feature. Two hikes with it now and it has worked fine so far.

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2011, 07:49:48 PM »
I have used my spot for a couple years now and had no issues. Probably sent a few thousand OK messages and sent alot of tracking signals from all of Alberta, most of BC, parts of Sask. and the lower half of the Yukon
I didnt start out with the tracking feature but opted to put it on as I hunt some pretty rugged country alone and if I happened to fall or something and cant press help or 911 then there is an updated trail to the spot im at. Without the tracking feature if something happens and you are unable to operate your S.P.O.T then it is useless. They can only go by your last sent location which at times could be a few miles or more from your present location.
I also prefer my original S.P.O.T as I feel the less options the better. The more simple a personal locator is the less that can go wrong with it. To me its better to go with a seperate communication device if you want to communicate and leave the personal locator as just that, a personal safety device.
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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2011, 09:08:53 PM »
I didnt start out with the tracking feature but opted to put it on as I hunt some pretty rugged country alone and if I happened to fall or something and cant press help or 911 then there is an updated trail to the spot im at. Without the tracking feature if something happens and you are unable to operate your S.P.O.T then it is useless. They can only go by your last sent location which at times could be a few miles or more from your present location.

Good point, I hadn't thought of that.

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Re: SPOT
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2013, 07:07:47 PM »
You know how good this would be if it actually had the GPS features with it.....maybe the next generation




SPOT GEN3

http://www.findmespot.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=29