Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
Okay, one step closer to success.
My neighbor happens to be an electrical engineer for a/the company that makes those over-the-road truck-top GPS transceiver devices, those round, white cylinder thingies (about 12" diameter, 6-8" tall) that are perched atop truck cabs. So he knows his GPS stuff.
Anyway, I've been keeping him updated on this toy, and I was telling him of the live tracking issue I had today. He said to let the device go through cold and warm start, cold start is letting the device find as many satellites as possible, warm is when it then narrows down the ones it will use for the location I'm at. Did that, gave it about 5 minutes (probably more than necessary) sitting outside looking at the sky, got on the bike, stuck it in my jacket pocket, and went on an errand. About 40 minutes later I returned, check their site, and there was my trip, signals being captured roughly every +/- 10 minutes.
So that's what I'll do on start-up from off- give it a couple minutes to find all the birds it can and then take off.I think this is going to be a nice tools in the safety arsenal. Even if I dump and can't manage to hit the 911 button to bring in search and rescue and a helicopter if needed (I bought the full package), at least they'll know my last known coordinates and should be able to key in on me.
As part of the 911 function, I can create a short profile message that gets sent with the alert. In that message (which I can change at any time at the website) I entered that I'm allergic to certain medications, that I'm most likely traveling by motorcycle, and that I should be wearing a yellow jacket. That way they have something to look for.
I'll update back here in the future when I get more use on it.
And, yes, my neighbor had eyed up my bike wondering where he could mount one of those big white cylinder thingies. I told him to step away from my motorcycle... Besides, the technology used with those, other than the GPS satellites, is typically cellular technology, since their main customers are normally found on major highways and interstates, where US cell coverage is *nearly* flawless. That's why I didn't go for GPS tracking on my cell phone. And I wasn't going to pay for satellite phone technology.
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
"With the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit happiness comes responsibility, to yourself and others. With responsibility comes accountability. Without responsibility, without accountability, we cannot and will not be a free and civilized society."
-Me, Steve T.