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1. Can I use the SPOT Messenger inside of my vehicle?

Yes. For normal usage place your unit horizontal on the dash, logo side up, slightly tilted towards the glass to ensure the signal is going through the glass, and not blocked by the roof. Experiment by sending Test Messages to ensure your placement is all ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

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.