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Old 03-09-2018, 02:05 PM   #16
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I can say from personal experience that SPOT's signal does indeed become an issue when riding in super dense backcountry. This past summer signal didn't go out for a few hours when I was riding down in canyons in Idaho... That was not comforting to see when I got home.

I was tempted to renew for 85 bucks, but I really disliked the fact that in certain spots it didn't send out signal, kinda defeating the purpose IMO.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:35 PM   #17
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I'm with you on this - it is a lot of money for the Spot service. I ride alone a lot and have looked into the ResQlink but if I'm reading it correctly, it says:

Battery, Typical Performance 30 Hours @-4įF (-20įC)

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Battery, Replacement Interval Replacement due six (6) years from date of manufacture or after emergency use

OK - I don't get it. Can you explain?
If you need to use the ResQlink in an emergency, it will send out a signal for 30 hours.

If you have not used your ResQlink for an emergency, after 6 years you will need to send it into ResQlink for battery replacement.

Should you need to use your ResQlink in an emergency, ResQlink will replace the battery's at no charge.
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:21 PM   #18
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Any sat based comm system will have problems in deep canyons.
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:32 PM   #19
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I can say from personal experience that SPOT's signal does indeed become an issue when riding in super dense backcountry. This past summer signal didn't go out for a few hours when I was riding down in canyons in Idaho... That was not comforting to see when I got home.

I was tempted to renew for 85 bucks, but I really disliked the fact that in certain spots it didn't send out signal, kinda defeating the purpose IMO.
My spot wasn't uploading my position for most of Fish Rock Road between Hopland & Gualala. Very disappointing.
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:54 PM   #20
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If you need to use the ResQlink in an emergency, it will send out a signal for 30 hours.

If you have not used your ResQlink for an emergency, after 6 years you will need to send it into ResQlink for battery replacement.

Should you need to use your ResQlink in an emergency, ResQlink will replace the battery's at no charge.
Awesome! Thanks, Geoff...
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:10 AM   #21
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How does it transmit in deep canyons and gorges when others don't?
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Old 03-20-2018, 08:45 AM   #22
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I was never impressed with SPOT, specifically with how horrible the tracking feature worked. Started using SPOTWalla and found it much easier to use and more reliable.

FWIW, I used to work at the company who developed the core system (GlobalStar) and it was always a failure. I figure SPOT was just an attempt to recapture some of the millions in losses the government wasn't picking up.
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Old 03-20-2018, 09:24 AM   #23
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I was tempted to renew for 85 bucks, but I really disliked the fact that in certain spots it didn't send out signal, kinda defeating the purpose IMO.

I have never really noticed much of a skip or miss on my tracks. After all of this I am going to start scrutinizing it more closely though. I ride mostly in the Sierras. Now, if we were talking Garmin, I'd get on the complaint bandwagon. That thing has more skips and misses than some of my old vinyl.
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Old 03-25-2018, 03:30 PM   #24
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How does it transmit in deep canyons and gorges when others don't?
Different type of signal / wavelength
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:08 AM   #25
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Correct me if I'm wrong but that's about a 60% discount. Not 110%.
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I've got one of those ACR beacons I would let go cheap, due for a new battery so find out how much that costs and we can work something out.

But, the reason I don't want it anymore is because I have an Inreach and they really are the best option, you pay monthly but the two way communication is GOLD!

Inreach uses a satellite network that is far better than spot and is truly worldwide, unlike spot that does not cover high latitudes and parts of the ocean. Not a problem for moto riders, but for sailors it is important.


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Old 04-03-2018, 09:57 AM   #27
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Correct me if I'm wrong but that's about a 60% discount. Not 110%.
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