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1. 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 ...

2. 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.

3. What is the FCC ID number for SPOT?

L2V-PT1

4. 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 ...

5. What do the green blinking lights mean?

When the lights blink in unison, the unit has a GPS fix. When they blink alternately, move a position with broader exposure to open sky. If you have had 180 degrees of open sky for 20 minutes or longer and your lights are blinking out of sync, your GPS ch ...

6. Can I send a message to indicate that I have started tracking?

Yes!  You may send a Check-in or Custom message from your device to notify your contacts that you have enabled tracking mode.  We recommend communicating with your contacts prior to leaving for your adventure to let them know that they may be re ...

7. What does an email or SMS notification look like that I send from my SPOT Messenger?

When the SPOT system receives a "Check-In" or "Help" message, it will use the contact information settings that you entered to send notifications to your friends and family. The subject line of the email contains your unit number and if it is a "check-in" ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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 ...

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

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 ...