SPOT2 Personal Locator Review and Extensive Field Test
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Nov 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm #1804546Bob GrossBPL Member
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"This is not a defect of the SPOT but the nature of satellite coverage."
Actually, it is the nature of Globalstar satellite coverage, not satellites in general.
–B.G.–Nov 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm #1804700James holdenBPL Member
Fourth, I have now had two SPOT-2 devices COMPLETELY FAIL while on hiking trips, one in May2011 and the other in Oct2011. The GPS chip stopped working, and the devices were dead-weight. In both cases SPOT replaced the unit. However, this level of reliability is a huge problem. This is one reason I think it's critical that the home-base knows that an absence of messages does not necessarily mean there is a problem. I'm still a fan of the SPOT concept and functional design. However, the reliability problems I've had make me eager to see some other company offer a competitive product.
while im sure there are PLBs that are duds … and that those dont get reported as much due to the "use only when shiet happens"
IMO this level of failure is not acceptable at all … even if SPOT replaces the unit, if something happens on the trip, yr up the creek with no paddle …
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