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11. 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 ...

12. Tips for sending messages

If the GPS light blinks red, SPOT does not have a clear view of the GPS satellites and your message may not have been sent. Retry sending your message by moving to an area with a clearer view of the sky for proper operation. If your GPS light blinks red a ...

13. What does an email or SMS notification look like that I send from my SPOT Gen3?

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" ...

14. 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.

15. 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 ...

16. What is Dock Mode and how do I activate it on my SPOT Gen3?

Dock Mode is designed for customers who purchase a SPOT Gen3 for asset monitoring a vessel that is primarily stored on the water. Dock Mode changes the way your SPOT determines new movement from motion activated to distance travelled, to accommodate for t ...

17. 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.

18. Is there a video explaining how to use my SPOT Gen3?

Yes. See below.

19. How do I test my SPOT Gen3 before I leave for a trip?

SPOT performs a self-diagnostic test each time it is powered on. SPOT recommends that you send and verify a Check-In message before each trip. This also allows you to evaluate your entire messaging system, from the operational condition of the SPOT to the ...

20. What is Motion-Activated Tracking?

SPOT Gen3 tracking is smarter than ever! A built in vibration sensor sends tracks only when you are moving. When the device is stationary for more than five minutes SPOT Gen3 will enter Suspended Track mode. SPOT Gen3 will automatically send, at least, on ...