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Old 06-07-2014, 05:21 AM   #3511
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Sorry if this was addressed previously (I did search in vain). Per SPOT's web site:

Basic Tracking
Automatically transmits your GPS location every 10 minutes for up to 24 hours. You can track as long as you like, but after 24 hours, you will need to re-set your tracking.


So, if I don't opt for the Unlimited or Extreme Tracking Upgrades does this mean:

1. Tracks on my map will showup at 10 minute intervals (only when we're moving)?
2. What's involved with "re-setting" my tracking every 24 hours? Does that mean my historical track vanishes?

I'm leaning towards the Unlimited Tracking as I figure 10 minutes may be overkill and 60 minutes would save battery power along with no need to re-set after 24 hours.

Intended use is motorcycle trip from Germany through China to Thailand/New Zealand.

Thoughts?
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:59 AM   #3512
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I'm leaning towards the Unlimited Tracking as I figure 10 minutes may be overkill and 60 minutes would save battery power along with no need to re-set after 24 hours.
I think basic tracking will work fine for you and save some $. I save battery power by turning spot off at the end of the day. In the morning turn the unit on, press the tracking button and take off.

Re-setting tracking is nothing more than holding down the track button until it turns green.

10 minute intervals seems about right for me.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:04 PM   #3513
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For riding on a bike, you don't need any more than 10min intervals. I think that's aimed more at hikers and stuff.

The 24hr reset means that your SPOT automatically stops sending beacon locations after 24hrs, so you have to start it back up again. As said above, most of us turn it off at night to save the batteries so you have to start it back up anyways in the morning.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:54 PM   #3514
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When I'm riding, I might get 3 successful track points out over 4 hours.
Even on the push bike, it's not much better.
Lots of hills and a suboptimal mount position don't help.
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:17 AM   #3515
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I think basic tracking will work fine for you and save some $. I save battery power by turning spot off at the end of the day. In the morning turn the unit on, press the tracking button and take off.

Re-setting tracking is nothing more than holding down the track button until it turns green.

10 minute intervals seems about right for me.
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For riding on a bike, you don't need any more than 10min intervals. I think that's aimed more at hikers and stuff.
Thanks guys. Yes, I would certainly turn off at night. I was thinking the option to extend the track interval to 30 or 60 minutes from the default 10 minutes would conserve batteries (or do I have it backwards?).

If a set of batteries lasts a approx 3 months (per SPOT's estimate) with a 10-minute interval then I suppose it it's a non-issue.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:32 AM   #3516
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Thanks guys. Yes, I would certainly turn off at night. I was thinking the option to extend the track interval to 30 or 60 minutes from the default 10 minutes would conserve batteries (or do I have it backwards?).

If a set of batteries lasts a approx 3 months (per SPOT's estimate) with a 10-minute interval then I suppose it it's a non-issue.
I'm still on a 1st gen SPOT, but the batteries are such a non issue, I don't even worry about it and wouldn't really want tracking to be any longer than 10 mins.

One thing you may not have thought about is tracking can be its own safety net if you have someone at home keeping an eye on you and your map. We obviously know SPOT has the help/911 if you are able to press the button, but what if while riding solo, you crash and are unconscious or maybe become separated from the SPOT and can't get to it because of injuries. At least with the 10min tracking and you don't move for 2-3 hours, there's approximately 20-30 beacon points all in the same spot. If you aren't near a town or common place to stop, someone back home might be able to determine that hey you might need assistance. If it was on a 60min time, it might not become as obvious as quickly?

Then again, I think I remember reading the Spot 3 has like location sensing where it doesn't send out beacons if you aren't moving? Not sure if that is configurable, but I think personally, I would turn that off for the reasons above. If the SPOT stops transmitting because you aren't moving, yeah they know where to come look for you, but the person at home really wouldn't be come concerned until they didn't hear from you and when would that be? The next day maybe? They might just think your SPOT stopped working for some reason and it will eventually update?
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:55 AM   #3517
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Then again, I think I remember reading the Spot 3 has like location sensing where it doesn't send out beacons if you aren't moving? Not sure if that is configurable, but I think personally, I would turn that off for the reasons above. If the SPOT stops transmitting because you aren't moving, yeah they know where to come look for you, but the person at home really wouldn't be come concerned until they didn't hear from you and when would that be? The next day maybe? They might just think your SPOT stopped working for some reason and it will eventually update?

Good point.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:14 PM   #3518
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GPS interference

Has anyone had their Spot2 mounted on their bars next to a GPS navigator (eg Garmin Zumo) and had any issues with interference? In the manual it says not to but I've seen a few guys with them on their bars
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:20 PM   #3519
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This setup works great for me with no interference from either device. The manual states to keep them a foot apart and my setups has them about 13" s it meets the requirements. I haven't tried putting them closer together to see if I can force an issue, maybe I'll try that out this week just to know.

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Old 06-16-2014, 09:29 PM   #3520
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This setup works great for me with no interference from either device. The manual states to keep them a foot apart and my setups has them about 13" s it meets the requirements. I haven't tried putting them closer together to see if I can force an issue, maybe I'll try that out this week just to know.

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Cool thanks, yeh I'm planning a small trip in two weeks and am testing out two GPS units at the same time so my bars are going to be overcrowded... might just mount the tracker on my shoulder strap of my backpack and have the GPS units spread apart on the bars
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:01 AM   #3521
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Has anyone had their Spot2 mounted on their bars next to a GPS navigator (eg Garmin Zumo) and had any issues with interference? In the manual it says not to but I've seen a few guys with them on their bars
My Zumo and SPOT2 are located about 5 or 6" apart. Many miles with this setup and no problems with either that I know of.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:24 AM   #3522
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Mine are touching each other and no issues
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:13 PM   #3523
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Got a Gen3 on the way.
It'll be interesting to compare coverage to the 1 & 2.
I the 1 definitely got more successful track points out than the 2.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:19 AM   #3524
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Any current Promo code for tracking discount?
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:06 AM   #3525
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I'm not sure I need a SPOT but only for a couple rides that I have planned. Can a person rent one of these? I just don't see the need for the unit expense and the yearly fee for me. Thanks!
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