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Old 07-18-2017, 12:47 PM
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Question Spot Tracker

As the list of squawks on the 6A has shrunk was planning to use it for more remote adventures. The SPOT tracker seemed attractive and at $75 (50% off this summer) + $150 per yr sounded interesting to keep the wife happy and perhaps a notch more safety.

I'm kind of a geeky guy but lots of irons in the fire. Also ability to pull SPOT off the plane and clip the onto a backpack or bike seems really attractive.

The SPOT website however seems to note that all of its products are "No Longer Being Manufactured but are supported".

Any recent good/bad experiences, alternatives or other input??

Bob Miller
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:50 PM
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Thumbs up Spot by Globalstar


I fly all over the country and love my Spot Gen 3. Their older products are not being manufactured but they are still manufacturing our SPOT Gen3 and SPOT Trace. The support is great and when you pair it with 1800wxBrief enhanced tracking I really feel safer especially in the mountains. If you have any questions I know they have a booth at OSHKOSH in EPIC Hangar C this year.

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Old 07-19-2017, 03:59 PM
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We bought our SPOT after performing a forced landing into a cow pasture, due to an engine failure. I now feel much more comfortable about my ability to get help if it were to happen again in a more remote location.

We got our SPOT for free (with purchase of the subscription) as a show special at Sun-n-Fun last year The initial subscription was $164.61. However, this last year, they raised the rates without telling anyone, so I was surprised to be charged $235.94 when I renewed my subscription. I wasn't happy about that, but still like to have my SPOT. So, you may want to verify that $150 rate before you commit and you might see if you can get a better deal with an Oshkosh show special.

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Old 07-31-2017, 10:41 PM
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I couldn't see where Spot says they're going out of production? If you are worried though, another good alternative is SpiderTracks.
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:12 AM
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We've had Spot's for years now, and use them quite a bit to keep track of each other (Louise and I). We carry PLB's for actual rescue situations, after finding that the Spot's aren't that great if you are down in a canyon....but other than that, they work well for seeing cross-country progress, hiking, bicycling, etc.

I bought Louise her first one when she was commuting 100 miles to work a few times a week in her plane, and it worked well to let me know when she was on the way home so I could start dinner....
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:34 AM
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Default Spot Tracker

Hey thanks for the feedback yall. I see Garmin has a nifty Inreach too.
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:39 AM
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Default possible interference

I love my SPOT as well but have had to discontinue using it in my RV10. It has caused error messages and interference on my G3x and GTN750. Garmin calls the SPOT a GPS jammer and are well aware of the possible issues. I use a Ham Radio APRS now which works great but doesn't have the SOS capability. Looking at a PLB to take care of that.

Interesting side note is that I had a friend who crashed this spring in the mountains (Hes ok). Looking at the detailed accident report it shows immediate response from 1st responders when the SPOT SOS was activated vs a 46 minute gap before the 406 ELT beacon was even received !
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