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21. Can SPOT Trace be plugged in to an external power source?

Yes. SPOT Trace can be line powered through a 5v USB connection. For use on a car, motorcycle, or mid-sized boat, a common 12v adapter would work. A marine rated model is recommended for use on a boat. These adapters can be purchased wherever electronics ...

22. What do I do if I believe my asset is, in fact, being stolen?

In the event that you receive a movement alert that is unauthorized and you believe your asset is being stolen, contact your local authorities immediately and alert them of the situation. Be prepared to supply them with the latitude and longitude of your ...

23. What do the message indicators (blinking lights) mean on my SPOT Trace?

When SPOT Trace is first powered on or with a quick press of the power button the GPS light notifies you whether or not SPOT Trace is able to see the GPS satellites and obtain a GPS location. Green –The GPS light blinks green for 20 minutes if the unit ...

24. How do I ensure GPS Performance?

SPOT Trace uses an advanced GPS chipset with extremely high sensitivity to give you maximum performance. While the SPOT Trace message transmitter is also very high quality, there may be times when the device will have a GPS signal, but the message won’t ...

25. What kind of battery life and performance can I expect from the SPOT Trace?

For reliable performance, use AAA EnergizerTM Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L92), NiMH rechargeable batteries, or line power. Using USB line power will NOT charge rechargeable batteries and is NOT waterproof unless using the custom USB cable (sold separa ...

26. What kind of coverage does the SPOT Trace offer?

SPOT Trace works around the world, including virtually all of North America, Europe and Australia; portions of South America, North Africa and Asia; as well as hundreds of thousands of square miles off-shore from these areas. It is important that you chec ...

27. 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 ...

28. 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 ...

29. 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. ...

30. 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 ...