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    Steve

    I have been using the SPOT 1 for the last year and have found it very useful. In the track mode, my friends and family can track my cross-country flights and, in the message mode, I can let my family know that I have arrived somewhere. The cons of the SPOT 1 are: GPS sensitivity is low, there is no way to know when you have GPS lock, and to go from "tracking" to "OK", you must power down and back up. Prior to departure in "track" mode, I send myself an "OK" message to know that everything is working. Getting GPS lock can be spotty.

    SPOT 2 will fix those "ills" and reportedly has a more sensitive GPS receiver. It can be in "Track" mode and send "OK" messages at the same time. It is smaller and has better "knobology". The only con that I see is battery life. Not as good as SPOT 1 (by a lot) -- so you will have to carry spare and expensive batteries.

    In general, I think the SPOT is a great safety item, as well as a great convenience item.

    Bryan

    Spot is a awesome tool. Dont know how I managed without one before. I use it for flying, hiking or whatever when I know i'm out of reach of cell phones and such. A great tool. Hope I never need to use it, but I'm glad to know I have it.

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