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 Post subject: Re: Is this THE techno SPOT with a GPS and text message capable?
PostPosted: November 30th, 2010, 3:48 pm 
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Yah...she had an Excel spreadsheet waiting for Ted. Sometimes a little too much information can get you in trouble at home. Such as finding out also the local wind strength..which led to my having to answer at home why we paddled in a gale.. :rofl:

Someday I have to stop at DeLorme and try one of these to find out why I shoud supposedly discard my present SPOT and separate GPS. It seems the DeLorme unit is more of a replacement for a sat phone if properly programmed.

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PostPosted: November 30th, 2010, 5:43 pm 
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It seems the DeLorme unit is more of a replacement for a sat phone if properly programmed.


More like a very expensive and not that ergonomic add on keyboard for a SPOT.

That is exactly what SPOT needs, a useful keyboard for texting. A 2-way sat phone still has it's place until such time as the SPOT can be made into a 2-way device.

Again not a slam against the DeLorme GPS, it appears to be a very nice GPS and one I will certainly consider when I need to replace my Garmin.

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PostPosted: November 30th, 2010, 5:51 pm 
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It is definitely possible to text out and in of sat phone, and it's much cheaper than sat phone call, but I don't think many people do that.


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PostPosted: November 30th, 2010, 6:02 pm 
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A satellite phone with a Querty keyboard is what we need. Then texting would be feasible. As it stands the keyboard is not very friendly for texting and your return text message uses voice for delivery.


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PostPosted: December 1st, 2010, 10:36 am 
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recped wrote:
I didn't realize it was two units which worked together....

This leads me to ask, what is the point? what makes this different from a stand alone GPS and a stand alone SPOT?

The SPOT portion is obviously smaller than the original SPOT, maybe smaller than SPOT 2 but other than that???????

And what happens if you lose the GPS part, does the SPOT part still function?

Help me I'm confused.........


I was just on the SPOT website & definitely the little SPOT unit works independent of the Delorme GPS unit. This is a quote from them:

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Using the SPOT Communicator in Independent Mode

Did you know that the SPOT Communicator could be used independently of the PN-60w? For example, if you lose, damage or the batteries go dead in your PN-60w, you can use the SOS button on the SPOT Communicator in case of emergency. When the GPS indicator light is green on the SPOT Communicator, The SPOT Communicator is operating in independent mode (not connected to the PN-60w), and is in view of 3 or more GPS satellites.



....so Wolverine is correct...there is some redundancy here with having 2 GPS units.


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PostPosted: December 1st, 2010, 10:58 pm 
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Last weekend at the Outdoors show I discovered GeoPro messenger http://www.gmpcs-us.com/IRIDIUM/GeoPro-Messenger-.htm

It's on Iridium network - so it should be more reliable than Spot.
Unfortunately it's rather heavy, not waterproof, doesn't have QWERTY keyboard and is almost as expensive as IsatPhone.
I was told that battery would last a week in a Spot-like constant tracking mode.


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Yury wrote:
Last weekend at the Outdoors show I discovered GeoPro messenger http://www.gmpcs-us.com/IRIDIUM/GeoPro-Messenger-.htm

It's on Iridium network - so it should be more reliable than Spot.
Unfortunately it's rather heavy, not waterproof, doesn't have QWERTY keyboard and is almost as expensive as IsatPhone.
I was told that battery would last a week in a Spot-like constant tracking mode.


There are several options out there. To me the SPOT seems to be in the forefront. But your choices could include:

- GeoPro (GeoPro LBS Inc) - about $699 USD http://www.geoprosolutions.com/
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- Solara Field Tracker 2100 - about $880 USD plus $30/month http://www.solaradata.com/products/ft2100.htm
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- Magellan GSC 100 - about $1100 USD, $50 activation, $30/month. http://www.telcomwireless.com/globalcom.htm
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Maybe there are others, but I am not aware of them.

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With regards to satellite phones, GPS Central has a deal on this Globalstar GSP-1700 handheld for $499 plus $19.99/month for unlimited access. Seems a pretty good deal.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this THE techno SPOT with a GPS and text message capable?
PostPosted: December 2nd, 2010, 10:22 am 
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It's on Iridium network - so it should be more reliable than Spot.


I am not sure that is correct. Spot uses the Globalstar data network , not the voice network. The data network, is fully operational.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this THE techno SPOT with a GPS and text message capable?
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The new Magellan thingy in icebreakers post looks interesting,
but not interesting enough for me to buy one yet. It looks as if it has a Querty Keyboard and it allows you to send text messages, but only to email or Fax and not directly to a cell or land line phone, except through an operator who then reads the message out. If it could send directly to a cell phone I would put this high on my might buy list of " new canoe junk to buy sometime". :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Is this THE techno SPOT with a GPS and text message capable?
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With regards to satellite phones, GPS Central has a deal on this Globalstar GSP-1700 handheld for $499 plus $19.99/month for unlimited access. Seems a pretty good deal.

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If it's too good to be true...... :doh:
Until their new satellites kick in this system is a miss.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this THE techno SPOT with a GPS and text message capable?
PostPosted: December 7th, 2010, 8:18 am 
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Does Delorme come with its own software (on PC side), something like MapSource is for Garmin GPSs?


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Wolverine wrote:
Does Delorme come with its own software (on PC side), something like MapSource is for Garmin GPSs?

yes - it comes with a software DVD for installation on your PC plus the data DVD's with all the topo data (5 or 6). It covers all of North America & Mexico. Plus you can download other types of map data from their site & (apparently...I haven't tried it yet) layer it on your GPS. They have available data types such as color aerial imagery, USGS Quads, Canadian 1:50,000 topo sheets, NOAA nautical charts, satellite imagery, etc. You also get a $40. credit for downloading data from their site - again I haven't had time to try this yet....& I think there is a subscription for annual download - something like $29.95 per year.


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PostPosted: December 7th, 2010, 9:59 am 
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I would like to make comparisons of Canadian maps on Garmin (in this case Ibycus Topo 2.1) and on Delorme.

This is the snapshot of area just west of Schefferville, QC. Center of the map is around 19U 608175 6072824 or 54:47:27.33 N 67:19:3.32 W; scale is visible in the right bottom corner.

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How does this compare to Delorme maps?

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 Post subject: Anyone see the new Delorme/SPOT device?
PostPosted: April 21st, 2011, 9:42 am 
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Did an interview with Rapid Media TV at the Outdoor Show in Toronto and saw the new DeLorme/SPOT device. It seemed pretty good (you can see the interview on our site/youtube channel but I'm not allowed to post the link) and was wondering if anyone has actually used one yet?
I know of several paddlers who had used the original version some successfully some had issues. With the new features this one has I'd say it is going to be amazing but I'd like to hear if anyone has had any actually experience with it yet before I buy one for myself (well actually for my wife's peace of mind).

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