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Old 03-05-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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Ever want to let the family and friends know
where you are or be able to call for road help and or 911 emergency help from anywhere/anytime.We have been using the "SPOT" devise for a year.Best toy Ive had that can be used for fun or save your life.When the cell phone dies and ON STAR fails your SPOT will call 911 giving them your exact location.Amazing capability for a very affordable cost.See www.findmespot.com

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Old 03-05-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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This is a very good tip, and should go up in the topic "Quick Tips and Easy Mods" so it doesn't get lost!



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Old 03-05-2009, 06:39 PM   #3
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Our daughter and "son" used the Spot on their vacation in Colorado hiking some of the fourteeners in October of last year. Being an overbearing parent of a 29 year old doctor (only child) we insisted that they get one . It worked well in that area. It must have a clear view to the sky. It will pinpoint your location within approximately 25 feet. This device sends out a choice of three signals, and all will be forwarded to your e-mail and/or cell phone so that family and friends can track you. One signal is "We are OK". Second, is "We need help", but not life threatening. Third, is 911 which goes through Spot service and they alert the proper authorities.

When said daughter went to Honduras for volunteer medical care, the Spot wasn't reliable, causing concern at times. I know, I'm a "Can't let go daddy". But when said daughter comes home and tells the story about being chased into the ocean at midnight by a aggressive dog, while walking home alone....well you' get the idea.

Same was true of the Dominican Republic, even though these areas show full coverage. Still was cause for some concern when we didn't get a e-mail positioning from Spot. See above about not letting go .

Still this device does has some very good points, especially if you are out hiking in uninhabited places of the great 'ol U.S. of A. For an extra fee Spot will track in close to real time.

We would recommend it too!
Tom, Patty, Hannah "The Big Dog" and Abby Kat, Indianapolis, Indiana 2000 36' FDS 72232 Our Photos
We live out in our old van. Travel all across this land. Drive until the city lights dissolve into a country sky, me and you - hand in hand.
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:13 AM   #4
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The SPOT web page indicates world wide coverage.Our unit has never failed but to be up front all our taveling/hiking has been in the USA.I have found the SPOT to be better than advertized.It has generated signals to the satellite from indoors.One lesson learned was that a GPS operating in close proximity can interfear with SPOT.
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