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SPOT personal locator

SPOT personal locator


Postby sloosh » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:21 am

Anyone have any experience of this? Slogger mentioned he had one in this thread. It looks really interesting. :)

Link to the website.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby HighlandSC » Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:07 pm

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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby sloosh » Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:44 pm

HighlandSC wrote:PTC has a review of it:
http://www.petesy.co.uk/spot-tracker-review/


Thanks for that. I'm awfy tempted by this gizmo for what I've read of the tracking feature.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby over2u » Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:54 pm

cheers for posting the link for the review :) seems to be a nice "stocking filler" from everyone as quiete expensive.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby ferglaff » Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:51 pm

I'm really interested too, the tracking feature seems really useful, as well as the obvious SOS.

If anyone gets one, please be sure to come back and let us know how you get on.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby sloosh » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:18 pm

Well, I ordered my tracker today. Amazon are currently offering it for £128 which is about as cheap as I've been able to find it (with free shipping) so we'll see how it goes.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby HighlandSC » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:05 pm

Nice one sloosh, let us know how it goes.

I've just been looking at what else you need to subscribe to:
The compulsory subscription (99 Euros per year): http://www.findmespot.eu/en/index.php?cid=103

Optional services: http://www.findmespot.eu/en/index.php?cid=110.
The rescue insurance for 11 euros sounds good value especially if going abroad.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby sloosh » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:40 pm

HighlandSC wrote:Nice one sloosh, let us know how it goes.

I've just been looking at what else you need to subscribe to:
The compulsory subscription (99 Euros per year): http://www.findmespot.eu/en/index.php?cid=103

Optional services: http://www.findmespot.eu/en/index.php?cid=110.
The rescue insurance for 11 euros sounds good value especially if going abroad.


Cheers.

Yeah, that's the downside. You need the 99 Euros basic subscription and if you want to use the tracker part you also need the 39 Euro tracker service, so about £120 per year.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby HighlandSC » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:49 pm

Did you make sense of the extra tracking service? Does it just automatically do what manually pressing the button would do?
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby sloosh » Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:27 pm

HighlandSC wrote:Did you make sense of the extra tracking service? Does it just automatically do what manually pressing the button would do?


I think so. I certainly hope so otherwise it will get updated at the beginning of the walk and the end. :? :think:
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby HighlandSC » Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:12 pm

Or any time you pressed the button, wouldn't it? So if you pushed the button every 10 mins, would that be the same as paying the feature that does it automatically? Hmm...I'm sure I'm missing a trick here!
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby sloosh » Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:15 pm

Oh right. Gotcha. :) Yeah, I think that will work.
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby malky_c » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:55 pm

Have the laws changed for use of these then? They were illegal a couple of years back. I remember this almighty row on UKClimbing (think I''ve posted this link before actually):
http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=272218&v=1#x4028019
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby sloosh » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:20 pm

malky_c wrote:Have the laws changed for use of these then? They were illegal a couple of years back. I remember this almighty row on UKClimbing (think I''ve posted this link before actually):
http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=272218&v=1#x4028019


I'm unable to find the link but I did read about there being some issues previously regarding personal locator beacons, however I believe it applied to the types of units carried by sailors and yachtsmen such as the McMurdo and their use inland but I think the issues were resolved.

Edit: found the link where this is discussed:
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/forummessages.asp?dt=&UTN=21362&V=8&last=1&SP=
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Re: SPOT personal locator

Postby malky_c » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:17 pm

Cheers for that. Interesting reading. Last post there is over a year ago, but there seems to be some confusion over whether use of them in the UK is legal. May be something worth looking into before shelling out for one anyway...
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