Their downloadable wallpaper gave me a good laugh.I like how straight forward they are with their marketing. Also, the box that it came in said “WELCOME, Opening this Box is the first step to making sure you don’t come HOME IN ONE”
So, SPOT sent me a transponder for GDR and I’ll be able to get it up and going before then. I still have a lot to learn about it, but I’m very excited about this new gadget. Especially as a female, the first thing everyone asks is “what if something happens to you out there?” Now I’ve got a good response. So far, the guys at SPOT also seem to be very helpful. I’m going to give them a call tomorrow so we can get it set up.
For those of you that are wondering what the heck SPOT is, it’s a tiny transponder that I can use to alert family or 911 if I’m in a bind. It’s designed with backcountry explorers in mind and works “where cell phones don’t” How SPOT works:
– GPS satellites provide coordinates
– SPOT messenger’s onboard GPS chip determines your exact coordinates and sends your loactionand message to the SPOT satellite system
– SPOT commercial satellites relay your message to specific satellite antennas around the world (it works in all of North America, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia and many miles offshore of these areas)
– Satellite antennas and supporting equipment route your message and location to the appropriate network
– your message is delivered according to your instructions via text message, email or emergency notification via the response center
– when you send a message to your contacts or to the 911 center, it includes your exact coordinates and a web link to view your location using google maps
I’ve still got a little manual to read and I’m giving them a call tomorrow. Hopefully I can activate it before the Rim Ride and get something visual up for it. The other feature, that isn’t necessarily for safety is like Mike Curiak is using it in Alaska right now so we can all watch his progress.
I’ll keep you all posted!