SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Tech Forums > Communications and Electronics

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 06-10-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Kevin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stockton, CA
Posts: 259
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

Is anyone familiar with this item? Had been looking at this over the past year. If you're stuck in the boonies with no one around and cell phones don't work as long as you have satellite you can send messages from "I'm OK" to "broke down & need help" or "911" where everyone shows up. It will also trail you on google earth if you push the "trail" button. Similar to a satellite tracker for your vehicle, except a little more personal. Messages are sent to an email address and text message to phone.

Anyone have this or familiar with it?

Kevin is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-11-2010, 06:34 AM   #2
Ugly Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
PecosRiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Jose, New Mexico
Posts: 1,542
Rescue personnel hate these things. The SAR guys out here have had people trigger them because:
  • they ran out of water while hiking.
  • they were tired and needed a ride back to the trailhead.
  • they saw a bear!
They’ve cause more problems than they solve according to the SAR people out here. Someone that would normally use common sense and not hike, bike or wheel alone, does just that because they have one of those rescue locators. They feel safe because help is just a button push away.

A small search and rescue operation is very expensive. With the economy the way it is now, someone wanting SAR personnel to deliver them some Dasani water because they weren’t prepared to hike as far as they did, angers the local officials and they’re starting to charge the SAR costs to those that use their devices like a stewardess call button on an airplane. The couple that pressed the button to get water were billed for $15,000 for the efforts of SAR.

PecosRiver is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-11-2010, 09:54 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
Ageless Stranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 26,792
Quote:
Originally Posted by PecosRiver View Post
The couple that pressed the button to get water were billed for $15,000 for the efforts of SAR.
They deserved it.

These units (Spot) are very popular among the Van's RV crowd. (Manufacturer----- Forums)

The only thing about using it with a 200 Mph airplane is it only sends a packet once every 10 minutes. (big area between packets) Many of them have now started using ARPS, but that requires a Ham radio license and all it will do is track. No "OK" or "911" functions.
Ageless Stranger is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-11-2010, 10:07 AM   #4
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Kevin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stockton, CA
Posts: 259
Quote:
Originally Posted by PecosRiver View Post
Rescue personnel hate these things. The SAR guys out here have had people trigger them because:
  • they ran out of water while hiking.
  • they were tired and needed a ride back to the trailhead.
  • they saw a bear!
They’ve cause more problems than they solve according to the SAR people out here. Someone that would normally use common sense and not hike, bike or wheel alone, does just that because they have one of those rescue locators. They feel safe because help is just a button push away.

A small search and rescue operation is very expensive. With the economy the way it is now, someone wanting SAR personnel to deliver them some Dasani water because they weren’t prepared to hike as far as they did, angers the local officials and they’re starting to charge the SAR costs to those that use their devices like a stewardess call button on an airplane. The couple that pressed the button to get water were billed for $15,000 for the efforts of SAR.
Are you familiar with this product? People have been "hiking, biking and wheeling" alone for a long time. I agree with you that common sense is the key, BUT the unit gives you choices on how (and who) to message. In the Sierras (Plumas County) is a huge snowmobile area. No cell phone coverage and it is recommended by the folks up here in this community (fire & rescue) to carry whether it's winter or summer. There are various charges for the system when you buy the system including "rescue" insurance in case you have to push the 911 button.
Kevin is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
satellite radio cost? LilScootie JK General Discussion Forum 12 04-26-2010 09:37 PM
Rough spot in clutch DarylJHewitt TJ Tech Forum 3 05-30-2009 10:02 PM
cig lighter / satellite radio help! hemmer Communications and Electronics 18 04-10-2008 11:02 PM
Plug and Play Sirius Satellite Radio scotiez Communications and Electronics 5 02-08-2008 09:16 PM
Messenger kg4kpg Off-Topic 2 01-16-2008 03:18 PM


logo carid shop wrangler parts carid fender flares custom wheels store avs deflectors at carid
» Rates
Get low rates on auto insurance in Canada!

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:51 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC