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11. Is the tracking capability of SPOT limited if carried inside a backpack? Should it always be carried on the outside of my gear?

Since SPOT is a satellite-based product it needs to see the sky to operate reliably. Having SPOT in a top pocket where it still faces the sky and is only obstructed by things such as a mesh layer or a thin layer of fabric is fine. This also provides a sec ...

12. How do I know if my SPOT is working?

You will know if SPOT is working when the lights, OK and ON/OFF are blinking together, in unison.

13. Why am I not getting my email and/or SMS messages?

SPOT sends messages to your contacts when the HELP or OK buttons are pressed on an active unit with a clear view to the sky. There could be several reasons for this:Make sure you have activated SPOT at www.findmespot.com.Make sure SPOT is powered on befor ...

14. Can the unit be plugged in to an external power source?

No. The SPOT device operates with Energizer 1.5V non-rechargeable size AA lithium batteries. Any other brand of AA lithium will be rechargeable and high voltage, which will damage the unit. These are required due to this technology's unique ability to mai ...

15. My SPOT device does not work properly near airports or when I have another GPS device close by.

SPOT accepts interference from other electronic devices and should not be used in proximity to anything that generates strong electrical fields such as airports, radio towers, other GPS devices, etc.

16. Is track spacing dependent upon location in the world?

No. Spacing between track messages does not change based upon your location in the world. Satellite service is wireless and requires a clear line of sight toward the satellite; therefore, the service is inherently subject to transmission and reception lim ...

17. What format are the long/lat coordinates? Can they be sent in other formats?

The format used is WGS84. The product developers are aware of interest in other Long/Lat formats and are reviewing the possibility of implementation.

18. How quickly will a message go out after pushing a button?

Once you have acquired a GPS fix, messages typically send out to their destination in 2 to 5 minutes.Please keep in mind that even when the SPOT system sends messages, message delivery is dependant on the status of your providers SMS and email networks. T ...

19. What does it mean if the lights, OK and ON/OFF are not blinking together?

If the lights are not blinking in unison, it means that SPOT did not acquire its GPS location. Move SPOT to an area with a larger view of the sky, if possible. SPOT will attempt to send a 9-1-1 or HELP distress signal even without GPS, and will try again ...

20. Can the tracking interval be adjusted?

No. The interval between messages for tracking is fixed at 10 minutes. It cannot be changed.