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1. How do I replace the batteries in my SPOT Trace?

Follow these steps to replace the batteries in your Trace: Loosen the screws to open the back cover. Install 4 AAA EnergizerTM Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries. Replace cover ensuring that the gasket is lined up and free of d ...

2. How do I mount the SPOT Trace?

Follow these instructions to properly mount your SPOT Trace: Use the reversible mounting bracket, double sided industrial strength tape, adhesive grip pad or adhesive hook and loop tape (all included) to affix the SPOT Trace to your asset The placement o ...

3. Can SPOT Trace be plugged in to an external power source?

Yes. SPOT Trace can be line powered through a 5v USB connection. For use on a car, motorcycle, or mid-sized boat, a common 12v adapter would work. A marine rated model is recommended for use on a boat. These adapters can be purchased wherever electronics ...

4. How do I power my SPOT Trace?

The SPOT Trace is compatible with the following power sources: • (4) AAA EnergizerTM Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L92) – installed• (4) AAA EnergizerTM NiMH rechargeable batteries (NH12) – sold separately• Line power with a 5v USB connection ( ...

5. How do I clean my SPOT Trace?

Follow these general rules when cleaning the outside of your SPOT Trace:• Make sure the power is off• Use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth and avoid excess moisture near buttons or openings• Do not use aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol or abrasives• ...

6. Is my SPOT device considered a Portable Electronic Device by the FAA?

Yes, when SPOT products are used on an aircraft, they are considered a Portable Electronic Device (PED).  Per 14 CFR Part 91.21, the pilot is ultimately responsible for approving the use of any Portable Electronic Devices on their aircraft and must b ...

7. How SPOT works?

SPOT products transmit short 1.5 second one-way messages on either 1611.25 MHz in North America and portions of Central America or on 1616.25 MHz throughout the rest of the world.  These frequencies are just above the GPS L1 frequency (1575.42 MHz) u ...

8. How can the SPOT interference be prevented in aircraft?

In many cases, keeping the SPOT device at least 12-18 inches away from any navigation equipment or GPS antennas will resolve the problem.   This can be difficult in smaller planes as many pilots want to place the SPOT device on the glare shield. ...

9. Finding the best location to send a message?

The ideal environment or location to send a message from your SPOT device would be a horizon to horizon view of the open sky.  There are two satellite constellations that require a line of site to your device to acquire your GPS location and transmit ...

10. How can I determine if the SPOT device transmissions affect the aircraft’s navigation electronics?

Turn on the SPOT device and place it in Tracking mode. If the aircraft navigation system starts to have momentary interference issues at the same intervals that the SPOT device is transmitting Tracking messages, then the SPOT device must be moved or turne ...