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1. Where can I go to learn more about my SPOT Satellite Messenger?

You should familiarize yourself with the User’s Manual and the online tutorial Starter Video (available at http://www.findmespot.com). As well, our newsletters contain updates on SPOT and the latest stories from SPOT customers. The newsletters are alway ...

2. What features on SPOT can be in use at the same time?

Help and 911 may be activated at the same timeOK messages may not be used in conjunction with any other feature. If you wish to activate Tracking, you must either wait for the OK cycle to complete or cancel it by turning the unit off and back on.Tracking ...

3. What format does SPOT use for its GPS coordinates?

SPOT uses the Global Positioning System datum: World Geodetic System 84, or WGS 84, expressed in the decimal degrees coordinate format. For example, SPOT headquarters in Covington, LA would appear as Latitude 30.43312 and Longitude -90.08694. To convert y ...

4. Can I use other batteries in an emergency with my SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger?

SPOT highly recommends that you use only non-rechargeable Energizer™ Ultimate 8x AAA Lithium Batteries to achieve reliable performance.If you are in an emergency situation and you have alkaline or a different type of non-rechargeable AAA lithium battery ...

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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. ...

10. 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 ...