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ScottyD
04-07-2008, 06:04 AM
About 5 years ago I had a friend die in a desert rollover accident. There was no cell service. They were hours from help. His injuries were so severe that he would have died anyway but how often do we need some kins of help in the desert. Since then my Dad and I have carried a Personal Locator Beacon. When acivated it sounds out an EMergency Signal that will get rescue on the way ASAP. It is a smart thing to have out there where cell phones might as well be paperweights. The SPOT is the next generation and is way more useful than the PLB.

This is cool. Satellite Messenger locator. Can be set to send email with a preprogrammed message via satellite with your GPS coordinates and a link to your location on google maps. Could be set to email other club members, friends or family with a need help message for those stuck, stranded or broke down times, but not the 911 kind of stuff. For the 911 stuff you hit the 911 button, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center every five minutes until cancelled.

Visit here for video explaining operation http://www.findmespot.com/MediaCenter/SPOTVideoTour.aspx (http://www.findmespot.com/MediaCenter/SPOTVideoTour.aspx)

http://www.findmespot.com/home.aspx$169 plus per year subscription

Link below for West Marine for $149

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/10001/-1/10001/340100/377%20710/0/Spot/Primary%20Search/mode%20matchallpartial/0/Customer%20Rating%7C1?N=377%20710&Ne=0&Ntt=Spot&Ntk=Primary%20Search&Ntx=mode%20matchallpartial&Nao=0&Ns=Customer%20Rating|1&keyword=Spot&isLTokenURL=true&storeNum=5003&subdeptNum=3&classNum=11679&cid=1111

brian10x
04-07-2008, 06:59 AM
It looks like the perfect thing for guys like me that like to go out alone!

Thank you
Brian

ScottyD
04-07-2008, 08:40 AM
One offroad group (Mothlode Rockcrawlers out of Jackson, CA) I am involved with is discussing getting a "contact list / Recovery Group" of people that are in touch via email regularly and sending regular messages to your "contact list" that basically says "I am here and OK." That way if you are known to be out and about in the desert with no check-in and become overdue then they at least know where to look. You can also send a non-emergency signal saying "I need help, but this is not a Medical Emergency." I am currently getting SPOT email's from a buddy in a group that is playing in the Death Valley area. It is fun / interesting to get their exact locations a few times per day and plotting iot on Google Maps.

The day will come soon where you can input exactly what message you want to send on the spot. Now you have to send out a pre-arranged message so can not cutomize it each time.

Old West Outlaw
08-05-2008, 08:37 AM
That's a great device Scotty. Thanks for posting it. I want to get something like this for our trip(s) next year.

campp
08-05-2008, 08:54 AM
That device is a great idea (not endorsing, just commenting).

Don't forget the very first thing you do when going out on a trek: TELL SOMEONE where and when you are going and returning. About 10 years ago I got sick on a long backpack trip, was way overdue, and they sent rescue in for me. It turned out I didn't need it or use it, but it sure was reassuring to see that chopper come looking for me.

Old West Outlaw
08-05-2008, 08:56 AM
Definitely. We ran into some questionable situations on our last road trip, so I'm taking what I learned from that and not venturing too far outside of my comfort zone. I had enough driving through the black desert for 6 hours during the night because I timed things wrong. At least I had the Vegas lights to guide me.

Dogman
01-24-2009, 06:28 AM
I've had my eye on the "spot" for a while and really want to get one. Especially after my last outing http://forums.ghosttowns.com/showthread.php?t=16742 ;)

As soon as I can free up some money I plan to get one.

ghost_town_huntress
01-25-2009, 12:55 AM
I could have used this when my friend and I got stuck out in the desert by Frisco/ Newhouse, UT. We popped a tire and I thought my husband had put the right tools back in the trunk for me to change the tire after he was rummaging through it trying to find something, but to my horror he hadn't put the tools back and we had to hike for miles across the desert floor with no cell service. We came across a badger along the way (good thing I actually had my dog on her leash in the middle of nowhere, LOL!) We eventually made it back to the main road and got help, but that was an experience I would rather not have to repeat! Next time I'll be checking the trunk myself to make sure I have the appropriate tools!

Rachel in Utah ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

azpete
02-09-2009, 09:20 PM
Great little device. My boys got one for me for Christmas. There was a $50 rebate then and one of the tracking services was 1/2 price. I've tested it a few times and it works great. If you already have a GPS, don't subscribe to the tracking feature -- you already can do that with your GPS. Also, make sure you keep the Spot device at least 12" away from your GPS... they will interfer with each other.And, ya sure can't beat $100,000 rescue insure for a $7 annual premium. One helicopter ride can cost near $50,000 is service and fuel.

Dogman
02-10-2009, 04:49 AM
Great little device. My boys got one for me for Christmas. There was a $50 rebate then and one of the tracking services was 1/2 price. I've tested it a few times and it works great. If you already have a GPS, don't subscribe to the tracking feature -- you already can do that with your GPS. Also, make sure you keep the Spot device at least 12" away from your GPS... they will interfer with each other.And, ya sure can't beat $100,000 rescue insure for a $7 annual premium. One helicopter ride can cost near $50,000 is service and fuel.

I read that if you get the insurance activated within a certain amount of time when you first buy the unit it's only 7 dollars a year. If you wait till later then it's 99 dollars a year.

kettlerbillteresa
06-13-2009, 07:17 AM
My wife & I have been using the find me spot for years a great addition to anyones backpack
:D

Rawhide, Nv
06-13-2009, 09:16 AM
I got the Spot late last year, when they had the “Free Spot if you get service” deal. Basically the free deal cost me about $150 for the full boat.

My wife and I do some solo trips each year, so I mainly got the Spot for her, if something happens to me she only has to push the 911 button during what will surly be a stressful situation for her.

Also when she doesn’t come I can push the ‘I’m OK’ and she can get that message off the internet. She likes the piece of mind knowing I’m safely at camp.

Since I have never liked the rigidly defined route, Spot gives me flexibility to travel without living by the flight plan I left with my pre-trip contact. Now I don’t even have a pre-trip plan, if I do a solo trip, I just tell my 4x buddy’s that can’t go, that I am going and they will work out a plan when I push the ‘send help’ button. ;)

silverstate55
07-29-2009, 10:44 AM
My Dad has one of these that we use inside old mines:

Gas Alert Micro Clip Multi-Gas Detector:
http://www.canarysense.com/p3789/bw_gas_alert_micro_clip.php

http://www.canarysense.com/crm_uploads/gasalertmicroclip-140x180.jpg



We also have a pair of these:

SPOT Satellite Messenger with GPS Tracking:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000YTZV74/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=3306358251&ref=pd_sl_46xqp52umc_b

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Ar6FCzjzL._SS350_.jpg

Subscription is involved, but it sure works great! It also has an Emergency Call feature, very handy.


Don't leave home without them!

Tyroler
09-17-2010, 07:05 PM
my Spot is in the Bag Greyhound lost. I registered them,but didnt activate,to start the Year contract from Barstow and not from London.

ghosttrain2
09-17-2010, 07:28 PM
Adding this to my want list....... Don't know about the canary-don't really go into the mines, just poke around the mine dumps. The Mojave Undergroung group based in Utah does alot of active mine exploration,and is now doing videos too. http://www.mojaveunderground.com/forum/portal.php?sid=7e4792a17a3d104551516e789b80e517

bunk
09-22-2010, 05:19 AM
I just became a dealer for Spot. In this day and age of electronic everything, this is one of the best things to come along in years. I would hate to see anyone die from a broken leg or just getting stuck. The latest models also have a feature where someone at home can track your progress on Google maps.
A very good product!
Bunk

LindaH38267
03-19-2011, 01:38 PM
We've had a Spot Messenger for several years now. Fortunately, we've never had to use it.

Leonids
06-11-2011, 06:41 PM
Thanks for the info on this. I had no idea these things existed. I'm definitely going to get one for my husband as an anniversary present!

asutherland
10-19-2011, 11:38 AM
+1 for the SPOT GPS Locator. I've had one for just under a year now. Good for sending "Check-In/OK" messages as well as emergency signals. That way you can let your family know you're fine, or will be late, etc.