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1. 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 ...

2. How far should other GPS devices be from SPOT to prevent signal interference?

Other devices should be at least 12 inches from SPOT to prevent distortion of GPS coordinates and interference with message transmission.

3. Why am I not getting my email and/or SMS messages?

SPOT sends messages to your contacts when the Check-In/OK, Customer, or HELP buttons are pressed on an active unit with a clear view to the sky. There are a few different issues that could cause a disruption in message transmission:Make sure you have acti ...

4. Tips for receiving your email and SMS notifications for OK and HELP messages

SPOT sends all North American email and SMS messages via email. This means to send a cell phone a text message, we email 1234567890@yourcellprovider.com and then they relay that to your recipients.Some email providers see noreply@findmespot.com and depend ...

5. Tips to help send your first SPOT Check-OK message

Take SPOT outside and make sure it is well away from any buildings that might block signal to any horizon where the satellites might be at the time.Turn the unit on, wait 2 seconds and press, do not hold, the OK button and the light above it should begin ...

6. 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 ...

7. What is the battery life of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger?

To obtain reliable performance use only AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L91). For optimal performance, please try and utilize SPOT in locations with a clear view of the sky with the logo side up.Extreme heat/cold and trying to send messages i ...

8. I've lost my SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger User Guide. Where can I see it online?

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger US User Guide is available for your download here by clicking on the attachment download link.Pour télécharger le guide de l'utilisateur relatif au nouveau dispositif de messagerie GPS par satellite SPOT, cliquez sur D ...

9. How do I send SPOT SMS messages to international mobile phones?

Non-USA or Non-Canadian Basic Service Plan CustomersIf you are on a SPOT Account that is not a North American Basic Service Plan, you might be wondering how SMS number contacts can be configured in your login account. SPOT messages sent to SMS numbers und ...

10. Where can I go to learn more about my Intrinsically Safe SPOT?

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 ...