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  • SPOT Personal Tracker(27)
1. Are there different models or generations of hardware/software? Or are all units the same?

There are currently two different SPOT Satellite Messengers. The SPOT Personal Tracker and the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. The latter is smaller and lighter and offers enhanced functionality. For more information please see http://www.findmespot.com. Pe ...

2. Will my messages send if I do not have a GPS fix?

Help and 911 messages will transmit without a GPS fix, but OK and Tracking messages will not. Help and 911 messages were designed to transmit, even if not containing a GPS location, so that if you are using these modes prior to a HELP or 911 message, then ...

3. What type of antenna is inside SPOT? Patch or Helix?

SPOT has a patch antenna because it provides better wide range coverage than a helix. The antenna is located under the SPOT logo, and performs best when the SPOT logo is pointed straight up parallel to the sky.

4. 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 ...

5. Is SPOT water resistant?

SPOT has been designed and tested to survive the harshest environments. That includes water, which means that SPOT is water resistant and it will float (not always right side up). SPOT is tested to IP69 which is the most stringent test for water resistant ...

6. 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.

7. Can the tracking interval be adjusted?

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

8. How should SPOT be positioned for best accuracy and results?

The satellite antenna lies directly under the SPOT logo. For best results, position the unit so the SPOT logo is facing up towards the sky in a horizontal position with a clear view of the sky. For tracking, try securing your SPOT on top of the shoulder s ...

9. 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.

10. 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.