Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada.
I bought one of these about 4 months ago. I use it all the time, especially when flying. It works as advertised but I wish more thought was put into it. There are a few things I don't like and it doesn't really give you feedback if its successfully transmitting other than blinking lights.
An example. Press "OK" button for 2 seconds to activate OK message but push the same button for 5 seconds to activate tracking mode. Why couldn't they have a seperate "tracking button"?
I think that the next edition will have some of the bugs worked out.
I have never had to use it in an emergency situation (touch wood) but so far I can tell its accuracy is very good because when I go home and check the tracking online its bang on. For me its money well spent.
By the way I also have an ACR AQUAFIX eperb (bought it 2 years ago). I trust that one more and would take it on a "bigger" adventure but I would also take the Spot as I can send "OK" messages to my wife, etc. You can't do that with a regular epirb.