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Old 05-23-2011, 01:53 PM   #2581
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Sorry all, but I did a search and read a bunch of this thread, but don't have time to read every page.

Can someone give me a run down on the different features and pros/cons of using sites like SpotWalla or similar compared to the Spot provided page?

I just bought a Spot but haven't activated it yet. I plan to buy Tracking.

It says the OK message sends a link to Google Maps with your location. Can this send your Spotwalla link instead?

Thanks.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:26 PM   #2582
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Here's an example OK message sent from my SPOT (copied and pasted from my email--I blanked out the latitude and longitude numbers since that's my house). The part of the message that I've highlighted is the part that you can change. Anything you can fit in the space they give you is fair game, so if your SpotWalla URL is short, it can go there. Regardless, the recipients will still get the Google Maps link also.

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ADVCOOP 1
Latitude:##.#####
Longitude:-##.#####
GPS location Date/Time:03/29/2011 10:32:29 CDT

Message:This is the default SPOT Check-in/OK message. Please update.

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/4UtbA/##.#####/\-##.#####

If the above link does not work, try this link:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...UTF8&z=12&om=1

ADVCOOP 1

You have received this message because ADVCOOP 1 has added you to their SPOT contact list.

Every day is an Adventure. Share Yours.
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It says the OK message sends a link to Google Maps with your location. Can this send your Spotwalla link instead?
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:28 PM   #2583
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Going on a 4 day solo trip next week so thought I'd better look into getting a Spot2. Did a little search and saw how Best Buy had them on sale for like $99 (no waiting for the rebate) and found one online at a local store. Off I go this AM and here's the shelf tag...




Humm...is this a Spot1 I think, nope sez Spot2. Seems too good to be true.





Looks like a good score for me! $37.09 OTD and to boot I had a $25 BB gift card I was wondering what I was going to do with. $12 bucks out of pocket.

This one came with the little accessory kit and a 15% service discount.

If you're in the market ya might want to act fast.
So I was ready to drop a hundred bucks on one for a five week solo trip I'm starting this Friday, and I figured that I might as well check with the good folks of ADVrider first. Well, I'm glad I did, because I was able to snag one at this price! Thanks so much for posting this! I owe you a beer or three if you're ever in San Diego!
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:24 AM   #2584
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got a Spot2 and have played with it a little. Seems to work pretty good.

I love the tracking feature and how it sends an update to my map every 10 minutes.. On a long trip, this would be ideal to update everyone, including a thread here on advrider.. Changing batteries would become a giant PITA, though. I wish there was a way to hardwire it into my bike.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:37 AM   #2585
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Our BIG trip

See how the tracking will work in real time if interested..we are heading out in 25 days for a 45 day northern adventure....we will be using the Connect and tracking feature. See my signature for the live ride report thread, blog info etc.....could be fun for you and others. Or at least for us!
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:00 PM   #2586
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SPOT Connect Update

Sorry that it's been a while, but I've been troubleshooting this thing ad nauseum.

The good news: I discovered (after much trial and error) why my typed (predefined) messages kept getting kicked off of the device. I was including apostrophes in the messages. I kid you not. If I typed I'm instead of I am, or it's instead of it is, the messages were moved to the "unavailable on this device" section. I reproduced this bug several times, and it didn't matter whether I typed the messages on the iPhone or on their web site. Hard to believe, I know. But true. I'd love to hear from Android users whether this bug exists on their devices. And any other iPhone users out there, please give it a try and see what happens.

This weekend I drove down to the Bay Area again in my car, and I was able to send messages and track myself without interruption or error. The bluetooth connection is still as funky and unpredictable as ever, but at least I could go to the iPhone's settings and restore bluetooth whenever I wanted to change anything. I am (barely) willing to live with that.

But that's where the good news ends.

If I mount the Connect on my handlebars over the triple clamp (where I used to mount my SPOT 1), the device turns itself off without any input from me. Turns off completely—dead to the world.

At first I thought it might be interference from my Garmin 276C GPS, but I eliminated that theory by turning the GPS off and removing it from my handlebars. My current suspicion is that the ring antenna on my F800GS that reads the chip in the ignition key is causing the problem, because if I clip the Connect onto the glove on the right (throttle) hand, the problem disappears.

I've ordered a new RAM mount that will allow me to mount the Connect in a more outboard position on the handlebars, so we'll see if that helps.

In the meantime, SPOT customer support is as useless and unresponsive as ever. Through my BMW dealer I was put in contact with a regional sales rep who lit a fire under the customer support people, and one of them finally called me. But since that conversation over a week ago, nothing, no acknowledgement of the apostrophe bug, no suggestions about the possible cause of the power-down problem, nada. Zilch.

I've been making my living on computers for the last 24 years, so I've had plenty of contact with customer support people. But I have never experienced anything close to the abysmally awful neglect that SPOT offers.

I'll continue to try on my own to get this thing to work. But those of you contemplating the purchase of one of these things, fair warning, you're own your own!
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:37 PM   #2587
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I was wondering how your trip went and if you got everything worked out. I have taken a couple of short trips and the Connect seems to be working well. Except I had to change the batteries.

When I was checking I noticed that the blue light stays on all the time?? I turned off the connection at the phone and the light went off then when I reconnected it came back on but I get the "unable to connect" error message and have to unpair and reconnect. I know that the bluetooth is not supposed to draw much power, but if I have to manually connect then disconnect everytime I want to send a message or start/stop tracking it will mean lots of steps.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:39 PM   #2588
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Except I had to change the batteries.
If you have a battery tester, check those batteries that you removed. My bet is that they're just fine (as my first set were). You may also be having the power-down problem that I have.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:48 PM   #2589
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Lithium batteries maintain a pretty constant output voltage until they're dead, as opposed to the gradually-decreasing output voltage of an alkaline battery, so an ordinary alkaline battery tester may not give a good indication of the voltage output under load. Not sure I have a good alternative, though.



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If you have a battery tester, check those batteries that you removed. My bet is that they're just fine (as my first set were). You may also be having the power-down problem that I have.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:11 PM   #2590
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What I did (in addition to testing them in a little Radio Shack tester that I have) is to put them into a bluetooth trackpad. The Mac OS shows the battery condition under load of all bluetooth devices. After my Connect powered down unexpectedly, I replaced the original batteries with new ones, and I put the old ones in my trackpad. The battery level indicator on my Mac showed that they still were at 100%. More than a week of daily use later, they're still at 100%.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #2591
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That would be a great way to test the batteries.

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What I did (in addition to testing them in a little Radio Shack tester that I have) is to put them into a bluetooth trackpad. The Mac OS shows the battery condition under load of all bluetooth devices. After my Connect powered down unexpectedly, I replaced the original batteries with new ones, and I put the old ones in my trackpad. The battery level indicator on my Mac showed that they still were at 100%. More than a week of daily use later, they're still at 100%.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:15 PM   #2592
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So I was ready to drop a hundred bucks on one for a five week solo trip I'm starting this Friday, and I figured that I might as well check with the good folks of ADVrider first. Well, I'm glad I did, because I was able to snag one at this price! Thanks so much for posting this! I owe you a beer or three if you're ever in San Diego!
Damn. That's a helluva price.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:08 PM   #2593
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what a bunch of tools, these SPOT people.

Been using spot 1 since they came out. Worked fine.

Now I just upgraded to the "Connect"

IT DOES NOT WORK WITH THE ORIGINAL IPHONE!!!!!!

Can you find that anywhere on their site, or in the APP details?

incredible
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:14 PM   #2594
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What version of iOS are you running? The Connect app requires iOS 3.0 or higher as specified on the app page.

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what a bunch of tools, these SPOT people.

Been using spot 1 since they came out. Worked fine.

Now I just upgraded to the "Connect"

IT DOES NOT WORK WITH THE ORIGINAL IPHONE!!!!!!

Can you find that anywhere on their site, or in the APP details?

incredible
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:44 PM   #2595
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Joined the SPOT club. End up riding alone a lot with the wife left at home wondering when I'll get home.

Wished I would have seen the BestBuy post before buying and activating. All-well....
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