Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Land Down Under
I have a unit and can give you some info. This will only relate to Australia at this time.
I needed the unit on me so it was usually in my left hand jacket pocket, or when I had air mesh pants on it was in left hand leg pocket.
I found that on occasion an OK message failed to go through. It will send 3 times, but it does not know if any get through before it stops sending. The only way to check if the OK got through is with an internet connection and check your own email, after setting up your own email addy to recieve one of course. This I could do with wireless access and a laptop.
The actual tracks to start with were a bit dodgy and haphazard. Especially when I was further from the equater(where the geostationary GPS satellites live) and if I was in mountainous country. This problem was fixed by mounting the unit on the dashboard of my Vstrom and attaching a lanyard to it and to my jacket. The open position fixed the satellite visibility issue quite nicely. As I travel solo, this was a good fix, although I would prefer a permanant dashboard location and a 'deadman' cable to the unit. There are no plans for this to happen according to the Aussie importer.
For the price I am happy with it. I am not using Lithium batteries anymore as they are too expensive and continuous operation caused them to run down quite quickley, probably 3 weeks all up if it was 24 hour days. I now use rechargable batteries and swap them every few days. The reason being, Lithium batteries may not be available where I intend to go. I would like the unit to be able to be run from external power that recharges the internal batteries, another modification not about to happen from what I can gather.
I hope that helps. I have read the page referred to above and can see that the GlobalStar network has issues. Maybe some of my problems were also caused by this, but for now, it is usable.
I have not sent a 'help' message but if it does not send a GPS fix, it is as useful as my ashtray. I can only 'hope' that the 911 button works.
Last edited by TravellingStrom; 12-15-2008 at 06:34 AM.