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I have been eyeing the spot satellite locator. Can anyone compare or contrast the v.1 vs v. 2. Or just pros and cons of the unit. I have read how the web page is a pita. Any other info would be much appreciated.
 

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Quick read of the site looks like V2 is just smaller than V1. I have V1 and some friends have V2. Same functionality (unless I'm missing something). It's good for others to monitor your ride, and the obvious, get help (emer or otherwise). I rode to the Grand Canyon and there were plenty of places I didn't have cell coverage. Each time I stopped, I pushed OK and my wife got a "I'm okay" message and long/lat on her cell phone.

Other family "watches" rides on the findmespot page as it breadcrumbs every 10 minutes and it will overlay on Google Earth....

A coworker uses it for his Scout troop to keep worried parents informed. It breadcrumbs, hits OK throughout the day and one last time before turning it off as they set up camp.

Worth it IMO.
 

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I too have a SPOT 1. Riding with others that had the V2 I saw about the same performance. I found the breadcrumbs OK for a general indicator of where you where headed and if you are moving. They SPOT I found pretty useless as far as tracking in the mountains. The I am OK function will work and give location however. The EMS function I have no experience.

My suggestion if you add one is get the basic plan and use Jason Jonas's service for tracking and save the $50.00 annual fee on top of the $100.00 basic service fee.

Other options are the many Smartphone tracking apps or if you are really going of the beaten path consider a true Personal Location Device, which are much more trustworthy but costly

EDIT: If you are AMA Member they give you a pretty good discount
 

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v.2 is said to have a better transceiver to reduce dead spots (pun intended), but I have no way to know, since I never owned a v.1.

What is critical, however, is that the second generation has a protected S.O.S. key. False alarms caused by accidental triggers while the unit was in a backpack have caused search and rescue teams to scramble on several occasions. This can ruin your day.

Get the newer one.
 

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Thanks for the info. Happypuppy, I went to the Jason Jonas website. Do they only provide tracking services or do the have the same SOS abilities as the spot home page does?
 

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I have both and like the 2 much better.
Smaller, lighter and easier to use.
The V.1 you would send an OK message and after 15 minutes or so have to remember to put it back into tracking mode.
You hit OK on the V.2 and after the message goes out it automatically goes back to tracking.
V.2 also has a second OK message that can be set up to go to other receivers than the first OK.
V.2 is a much better product in my opinion.:thumbup:
Mike
 

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So prior to my first post I was surfing EBAY and I found V1 and V2 at pretty good prices. So my first instinct was go for the cheapest. So I bid,win,o crap it was a V1 for 60.00. Resold it last night for same price. I understand that if you wait till April 1,that Spot is giving a 50.00 rebate on the V2. So I think I will pick mine up then. Info was taken from the AltRider page about the rebate.
 

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bought the spot unit in July, we've used it a few times of course. It's great to track a persons progress or map you trip. I used it again going to Montana, wife was able to see that I was safe, then it stoped working. Apparently I have been sitting just outside of Butte MT for a few days, Tech support said to move to a clear area , replace the batteries, turn unit of/on. LADY !! Montana has big skys.
Got home and called them again, waited over twenty minutes for a tech again, now I have to mail it in for repair or replacement. All that extra insurance I bought wont help either, if I want overnight delivery of a new unit that will cost me. I think Tech support did not help me at all, and since SPOT is not as reliable as it claims, I don't feel good recommending it to friends,
 

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I have the V1 and I am set up with SpotWalla now to track.

I have been using the spot page for the longest time, but it limits you to 7 days and then you cant see the page anymore and it limits the amount of points you can keep on the map. If you exceed 30, it starts removing the first ones. Spotwalla isnt like that. you can track your entire riding season if you like. You can set up spot walla to display your help functions as well if you like.

I ride mostly in the appalachian mountains. (TN, NC, WV, SC, GE, VA) and I havent had problems loosing signal.

Unfortunitly I had to use the 911 feature a couple years ago when my buddy high sided on 68 just outside of tellico plains. No cell service, activated spot and by time one of the locals came down and contacted emergency crew via land line, authorites had already been dispatched. :) go spot.

I dont ride with out it anymore.

I feel like the old people on the Life alert commercials... but all riders should have this.

-bryan
 

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I feel like the old people on the Life alert commercials... but all riders should have this.
All riders that leave civilization, anyway (and really, why else ride?).

I love it. It has freed me from feeling compelled to pack a portable ham radio, auxiliary antenna, and repeater guide on every remote camping trip.
 

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happypuppy,

up in post #3, you write that spotwalla works without purchasing the tracking feature from spot. How does that work? I was thinking that the tracking feature enabled tracking. From what you're saying, purchasing the tracking feature from spot only enables the ability to see the tracks via the spot website. Is that right? If so, cool. I'd love to save the money for the tracking. Just want to be sure before I register my new Spot.

BTW - for those who are doing some shopping...BestBuy has the Spot 2 units available online for $99. And the $50 rebate from spot is on top of that.
 

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Went back to happypuppy's initial post and it see that I misread it. He was talking about using the I am OK feature, not the automatic tracking.

Also sent a note to Jason at SpotWalla and got the same suggestion. Posting his response here lest others make the same mistake I did.

There is absolutely no way for SpotWalla to provide SPOT services
beyond what you pay for through SPOT. Not sure who said that, but it
simply isn't true. So here's the deal on SPOT services...

At a minimum, you'll need SPOT's Basic service which includes
unlimited Ok, Help, Custom (SPOT 2 only) and 911 messages. A lot of
users are satisfied with the basic service and get by just fine. You
just gotta remember to press the button from time to time. :)

If you want tracking, then you'll need to pay the additional fee for
that service. SpotWalla cannot and does not provide tracking services
for SPOT devices.
 

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Forgot to add - don't bother trying to take a vstrom up there - it'll never work:

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BTW, 16,600 miles in 44 days and NO SUPPORT VEHICLE!! :thumbup:

Extra fuel was only needed on the dalton Hwy between Coldfoot and Deadhorse....

Cost saving tip - Call the Boreal Lodge in Wiseman for a room - $70/nite versus $200/nite in Coldfoot.....I got one for 2 nites and rode Wiseman-deadhorse-wiseman in one day - it's doable, but makes a long day (but it stays lite all day/nite so no biggie)
 
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