A New Toy You Must Have

Let’s say you were planning a trip. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to stay in touch with friends and relatives to let them know not only that you are okay but give them your exact position.  Whether it be a day offshore fishing or an extended cruise, would this capability be something you would enjoy having? Well now you can!

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger provides a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when you need it. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where cell phones don’t – all with the push of a button.

Features and Enhancements:

  • Advanced GPS
  • GPS acquisition light
  • Custom message button
  • Enhanced antenna performance
  • Dedicated tracking button
  • Improved tracking performance
  • Safety covers over S.O.S. and Help buttons
  • Replaceable button covers
  • Illuminated buttons
  • Message sent indicator light

A few of the many features:

Check-in/OK: This feature allows you to let your friends and family know that all is OK with a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location. With a push of a button a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.

Help: In the event of a non-life threatening emergency, you can use this function to notify your personal contacts that you need assistance. Additional SPOT Assist services can be purchased and programmed to your Help button as well. When activated with SPOT Assist, the Help button will notify professional services either on the land or water. SPOT has partnered with national service providers to offer non-life threatening assistance.

SOS / 911: Use this function In the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency to notify emergency services of your GPS location and that you need assistance. The GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe.

You may remember back on March 4, I wrote an article about Online Navigation Planning and Much More. This introduced an online Navigation Planning System presented by the Active Captain website. Well, the owners of the Active Captain are currently cruising back to Maine after an extended stay in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Somewhere along the way they installed the SPOT system and now you can track their progress online.

Every 10 minutes their progress is displayed on a Google Earth Map. To see their progress and see where they have been since they installed the system go to:

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0hAO5KH1uijUolrqsIupHSsQNjGD8XBEx

For more information on the SPOT GPS Messaging System go to their website. http://findmespot.com/en/index.php

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