lostcoyote wrote:anyway, whilst the storm was going on, i SPOTted out "OK" messages to my wife and friends.
there was a period where she did not receive a signal for about 33 hours - and based upon what a few other friends were telling her, she bagan to panic. she called the park rangers and they said to call back when she received the next SPOT signal from me. they had me in the que for a rescue after the 3 hikers.
i have mixed feelings about SPOT now. i bought it this year as an experiment and fun way to track me.... but i discovered that it is not reliable when there are trees (even with a 30% view of the sky) and especially during a storm. only 2/3 of my total messages went through (i did on the average 3 a day).... it was always able to get a GPS lock - the problem is on the transmit (uplink) side.
and so if it is a REAL emergency and you are hurt in a deep forest and can not get to clear open sky, of what use is SPOT when it doesn't have enough signal power to communicate with the globalstar network of satellites?
Only 2 of some 13 of Ted and Jenn's okay messages got out! Mine all made it out, but one before the day of the storm was delayed and caused panic. SPOT is apparently not everything they represent it to be and the NPS is growing impatient with them and their technology. My wife says the NPS and S&R organizations want to have a pow-wow with SPOT along these lines, or so she was told when she was checking up on me when my ok message did not come through.