After my SPOT Gen3 was delivered this weekend, and after the activation was complete, it was time for a trial run.
Trial Run with my SPOT Gen3
I’m not sure you can call this a hike or even a trail, but it was dirt and rocks for a little ways and then nicely maintained gravel for about two miles, but it did do the trick and let me get about 3 miles in so I could make sure my SPOT Gen3 worked and that it was connecting to the satellites.
I was a little concerned at first after I turned it on and I didn’t see all the lights come on as I believe the Manuel said they would. I headed out to trail anyway, believing that it would be more enjoyable working things out there rather than in the back yard.
After turning it on and messing with the buttons a little, I decided to start the tracking function and started off on the trail, hoping that I had held my tongue just right or I was just overthinking things.
Well, immediately some more lights came on and the GPS light started blinking, showing that I was receiving information from some satellites. Another light started blinking, which was the message light, which I believe was letting me know it was sending tracking information to my family and probably big brother.
After about 20 minutes I refreshed the SPOT app on my phone and there they were, some pins showing on a map where I had been.
(Side Note: You need to download the SPOT app to see the tracking pins and your family and friends would need to do the same thing).
I had a great hike (or walk) and I met several nice people along the way and was able to witness a stunning sun set. Oh how nice it is to watch the sun set over the Colorado Rockies.
After getting back to my truck, I took a snap shot of the dropped pins from my phone and then shut the SPOT Gen3 down.
I loaded up the SPOT Website with my account to see the following pins also displayed there.
I have noticed while looking through my settings that there are 10 pre-programmed messages I can send out but I’m not sure how that works yet. I hate to say this but I will be writing another blog when I hit a heavily wooded trail next week and by then I will have figured out how to send any or all the pre-programmed messages.
For now, I need to get some rest so I can function at work tomorrow but I wanted to get this loaded quickly so you could see that the SPOT Gen3 really does work and it is super easy to get working…as long as you don’t over think things.
- S. O. S. - in an emergency, send an S. O. S. With your GPS location to geos, who facilitates search and rescue
- Check in - let contacts know where you are and that you're okay with a pre-programmed message
- Help/spot S. O. V. - request help from your friends and family at your GPS location. OR, ask for help from professional assistance organizations
- Custom message- let contacts know where you are by sending a pre-programmed message with your GPS location
- Track- automatically send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using google maps
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Until next time, have a great day and enjoy the picture of the incredible sunset.