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Old 12-26-2010, 11:08 PM   #31
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If your SPOT tracks are not showing up on your Spotwalla map or the ADV location page - in your Spotwalla account check under Devices / Interface setups and ensure you have setup a Shared page in your SPOT account. Instructions are on the above pages.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:45 AM   #32
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I would suggest that this be turned of when not in use.
Thieves could just as easily use the data to locate your
home, or where you work, and know when your there at
either or not and make themselves right at home or 'borrow'
you bike etc when your at work.
privacy and over-exposure is a big concern of mine. it's each user's responsibility to employ the tools at their disposal to safeguard their location data. spotwalla allows you to define one or more regions anywhere on the globe where locations should not be displayed. these "regions" are known as secure zones and can be used to secure one's home, place of work, grandma's house...

http://spotwalla.com/help/devices.php#home

there are other ways spotwalla users can control their degree of exposure. for instance, controlling the types of messages that update their location on a location page, or the message types that appear on a trip. i use OK messages to mark where i'm spending the evening. when joining a public location page or creating a public trip, i configure them to not show OK locations. family and close friends get a link to a private trip that shows these locations.

point is... take control of your location data and use the tools at your disposal. if you don't, some jagoff might.

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Old 05-26-2011, 10:25 AM   #33
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Added my location via my smartphone (tag is 'GIS'). If any of you inmates are on your way to/from Alaska, chances are you'll be coming through my neck of the woods (Prince George, BC). If I'm showing as in town, drop me a line - especially if you're needing a place to stay. I'm always up for meeting/hosting fellow ADV'ers.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:16 AM   #34
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I just activated my SPOT last night and added myself to the ADV Location page. Thanks for setting it up.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:31 PM   #35
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I joined, ready for my Prudhoe Bay trip!
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:13 AM   #36
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:08 PM   #37
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I am not sure if this has been brought up before, but would it be possible to set up an email address to point your spot to that could automatically post an SOS message somewhere on this board so that when it was received it could be reposted on the regional forum for where the SOS message came from so that guys that lived in that region could help out. Does anyone know what I mean?
This isn't quite what you are looking for (not exactly anyway) but the new SPOT connects allow you to post to Twitter and you can display your latest Twitter post here using Twitsig.com

See below;




This little Graphic will get update everytime I post a message from my SPOT connect. If you click on it you can see where I was when I posted this.

The process of getting your SPOT Connect to update your last message to ADVrider is pretty simple.

Here are the steps to set this up;
1) Set yourself up an account on Twitter (yes, that's http://www.twitter.com). I suggest you use the same Twitter username that you use on ADVrider if it is available (if not use something close like Mr. Fisherman-ADV). Add the same graphic image to your Twitter account that you use here on ADVrider, it will help people here identify your SPOT messages easily.

2) Link you Spot Connect to your Twitter account, I don't remember exactly how you do this but I recall you log onto your SPOT (http://www.findmespot.com/en/) click on 'My Account', click on the ‘Share’ tab. Near the bottom of the screen is a twitter a fire eagle and a Facebook Icon, click on the ‘Click Here’ link next to them and follow the process to connect you SPOT connect to your new twitter account. (Add your Facebook account whilst your there, you never know when that might come in handy). When I make changes like this to my SPOT account I have to Export them to my DeLorme PN60W, I’m not sure how this is done with other devices (like smart phones etc.) I assume there is a similar process.

3) Now try sending a TEST message, using your SPOT connect, to your Twitter account using your PM60W or your Smartphone equivalent. Check your twitter account to see if it arrives.

4) Assuming your new Twitter account is operational and getting messages from your SPOT connect. Go to http://www.twitsig.com, enter your ‘Twitter name’ in the box and click on the ‘Get Code’ button. Copy the code that appears in the box beneath where it says “To use on a forum or anywhere that supports BBCode use:” it will look a bit like this [***URL=http://twitter.com/s1marks][IMG]http://twitsig.com/s1marks.jpg[/IMG][/URL***]

5) Place this code in your next Post on ADVrider. The little graphic you’ll see (which will look much the same as my one) will automatically update every time you make a new post to your Twitter account (so if you are going to tell you Granny how much you love her on Twitter beware….all your pals on ADVrider are going to see what you wrote). I use my Twitter account exclusively for posting my location and messages from my SPOT connect.

Just to give you a little more idea of what is happening here. You SPOT is not posting directly to ADVrider, but it IS posting directly to Twitter. The Twitsig site is taking that last post to Twitter and updating the graphic it hold of your last message on Twitter. The URL code you posted in step 4 is going to automatically show the graphic (with you last SPOT message now embedded in it) on ADVrider.

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Old 08-23-2011, 07:43 PM   #38
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Thanks for the idea. I can see where that would be a useful tool. I was just thinking of a quick and simple way to alert a regional board of an inmate needing assistance. I guess you could always just pick someone that posts on that board and ask them if you could direct a help message to their email addy or text. That way that member could post the link on the board and anyone that was able and willing could lend a hand.
If there was an email address for each regional board or some other method that you could somehow use to automatically post the help message and position that would be even better. I am not sure if that is even possible, it was just a thought.
Anyway thanks for answering the question..
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:58 PM   #39
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This has been discussed previously and the reliability and timing of this alert is really not practical because there maybe no one online or available and if you were relying on 'online help' it's difficult to co-ordinate and you could be waiting days. Secondly if you live in a first world country help is never that far away and this would be useless in a second or third world country.

Even travelling in the back country of the USA, Canada and Australia I was amazed when way way out of cell phone range, someone always came along when I needed help.

THE most important feature of a Spot unit is the SOS/911 service when you are in dire straights and need emergency assistance - this works very well regardless of where you are.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:18 AM   #40
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Here is a perfect example of how it would work very well.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715433

Timing has nothing to do with it. If I had some bike trouble in backcountry oregon or in idaho and I am from B.C. and am a member of a forum as large as this, I would rather take my chances on someone being on line that lives around where I am and knows the area and can summon others that might be willing to help, than some one back at home, a thousand miles away . It would certainly be better than hoping that someone comes along. I very rarely see anyone on the trails when I am riding.

If I am hurt then the SARS call goes out and I am contacting a different set of people.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:51 PM   #41
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redpillar, that is the very thread that got me thinking about this again.

Tradey, I agree that relying on help online is not ideal. Having said that I know from my own personal situation that actually the very best people to help me out are my fellow inmates. I have no personal experioence of being stranded in a 2nd or 3rd world country, but honestly, I'm not so sure that online help mught pretty well be your ONLY source of help albeit with the help of word-of-mouth. I'd like to try the following experiment. I have been in touch with spotwalla and they have made some updates to thier code which allow me to display the following (I'm using the FarRiders location page to illustrate how this could be more useful). I personally think it will only become really useful if we can get a lot more ADVrider inmates to sign up with spotwalla and join the location page you setup;



In the above image there are actually 2 members of FarRiders who are currently OUTSIDE of Australia. The change spotwalla made allows me to centre the map on Austraila and zoom to a specifc level of granularity. If we could place the relative image in a conspicious position in the regional forums I think we could achieve the kind of response that we saw in the Pacific Northwet forum when inmates are in trouble.

I'd like to try this out in my own region (Pacific Northwest) where the topic is 'hit right now because of the thread redpillar mentioned. If it's a complete flop, I'll know I tried, if it's a roaring success it will quickly spread to the other regional forums. We can all use the same location page you setup with spotwalla, the new spotwalla feature will make it useful globally (also inmates travelling into the various ADV regions will show up in the regional zooms of he global map).

Honestly, I think what you have setup is great and I think there is the possibility of making even better use of it. I also agree the most useful feature of the SPOT is the SOS button, but I'm far more likely to need help hauling a bike out of a ditch (or off of me...had that happen once and thought I was going to be in for a very cold night).

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Old 08-25-2011, 10:02 PM   #42
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I'm far more likely to need help hauling a bike out of a ditch (or off of me...had that happen once and thought I was going to be in for a very cold night).
What kind of idiot are you? Oh, wait, uh....
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:11 PM   #43
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What kind of idiot are you? Oh, wait, uh....

Get your Ass signed up on spotwalla and join Tradey's ADV rider location page you big triuble maker!

You are my poster child!

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Old 08-25-2011, 10:13 PM   #44
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Get your Ass signed up on spotwalla and join Tradey's ADV rider location page you big triuble maker!

You are my poster child!

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see you at Wetfest.
yeah, I'm on spotwalla already but haven't sat and really played with it much.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:07 PM   #45
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In. Still sorting out the details, but this is cool!

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