DukeJH wrote:@Luminous: The SPOT is not a beacon, it is a messaging device.
LuminousAphid wrote:I would probably be very frustrated knowing the amount of daylight I'm losing fiddling with this device each hour so that someone can have their peace of mind. I guess people have widely varied personal situations, but I hope I never need this
MoapaPk wrote:I generally use water/rest/photography/clean-boots breaks to send "I'm OK" (requires pushing two buttons) -- mainly so my wife will let me hike alone.
MoapaPk wrote:The spot ii is temperamental-- more so than the spot i. If you don't have the track feature, and depend on using "check in" messages, this may interest you:
I told the spot technicians that I used the unit to send periodic checks before and after I went over iffy stretches, and he recommened I keep the unit turned on all day, and send messages as needed. So I tried walking around a 2.5 mile loop:
1) as he suggested, with the unit kept on, pressing the check button every 5 minutes;
2) pressing the check button every 5 minutes, then turning off the unit after with in seconds of receiving the first "sent" light, and turning it on again before the next press of the check button.
Method 1: 3 out of 11 messages went through (this was the tech-recommended method);
Method 2: 9 out of 10 messages went through.
After many conversations with the techs, I've concluded that most don't know how this unit works; specifically, they don't know the algorithms the unit/satellite/groundstation uses to decide if a message is valid (e.g., inconsistent GPS reading over several send tries).
LuminousAphid wrote: I realize this sounded judgemental and snarky, and I apologize
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