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New SPOT Satellite Messenger announced

Postby Shawn » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:06 pm

Just discovered this .... ... unced.html

An improved chipset and antenna for better reception under canopy
A GPS acquisition light
A “message sending” indicator light
Illuminated buttons
Protective covers over SOS and Help buttons to prevent accidental transmission

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Re: New SPOT Satellite Messenger announced

Postby norcalhiker » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:17 pm

I'm definitely buying one. I've met enough hikers out using them, and being satisfied. Now that it's upgraded, i'm on the bandwagon.
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Re: New SPOT Satellite Messenger announced

Postby BSquared » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:09 am

An upgrade of the user manual would also be welcome. On our just-completed "JMT" trip (TR to come, with explanation of the quotation marks ;) ), we had a helluva time with ours (friends reporting that they were getting maybe one out of three "OK" messages we thought we were sending) until we realized that (a.) the thing has to be on its back in order to "see" the entire sky, and (b.) the "message sent" indication means just that: message sent, but no guarantee there were any satellites in a position to receive it. Once we figured out that the unit had to be horizontal and that we *absolutely* had to let it go through the entire 20-minute cycle each time we wanted to send a message, it worked flawlessly and made everybody at home much happier. I'll definitely be tempted to get one of my own, especially with this newly upgraded model. It seems to me that the logical next step would be outgoing text-messaging capability, and I'll bet that won't be long in coming...
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