Rock-a-Fella wrote:I am not sure which SPOT unit you have. If it is a GEN 1 Spot, Go buy a SPOT MESSENGER or an InReach before you go! It is not appropriate to send out SAR resources when there is NO emergency because a spouse is worried and you are NOT OVERDUE. They probably would not go out under that type of call anyway.
It sounds like both you and you wife are concerned with communications. SPOT MESSENGER would allow for her to "Track" your movement and progress in addition to the "I'm OK" there are other messages that can be stored and sent. InReach affords TWO WAY Sat texting in addition to tracking, SOS, I'm OK, and many pre typed messages. [url]http://www.inreachdelorme.com//url]
I may be misinterpreting your post but it sounds like your family would be well served with an "InReach"
Hope you enjoy your trip
Not sure what you mean, no one said anything about sending out SAR resources if I wasn't overdue. I just want to find a happy medium between being able to let her know each day that I'm okay vs. her jumping the gun and calling the SO just because the SPOT didn't send 1 message. Knowing the inconsistencies others have noted about the SPOT, I don't want to set a hard time everyday for her to ring the alarm bell. My wife isn't one to overreact, so I figure the 24 hour rule will suffice. That way the SPOT would have to fail on 2-3 consecutive messages before she takes action.
Besides, my campsite will be right next to a road and I am driving to it. Even if she did call in I assume the SO would have someone drive to my camp and check things out before calling out an entire search team. If somehow the SPOT fails miserably, she calls the SO, and they drive up to look for me and find me okay I wouldn't feel guilty about that. I would be pissed off about the SPOT not working in that case....
It's not a gen 1, it actually belongs to a friend and I know he bought it just this summer so it should be the new one. And it's not so much about being able to communicate everyday, just trying to have someone aware of whether I'm okay or not while using a device that isn't 100% reliable.
Debating all this is probably overkill anyways, I know I have cell signal in some spots up there so I will likely shoot her a text or two to verify she is getting the SPOT messages. And the likelihood of her not hearing a status update from me for over 24 hours be it from text, email or SPOT is highly unlikely so if that does happen I'm likely not okay.