SPOT Satellite Messenger

Don’t want to alert a search-and-rescue force every time you’re in minor trouble? Or maybe you’re just going to be late getting back home after a long trek. The SPOT Satellite Messenger, a new emergency beacon, uses GPS signals and a private satellite network to bleep out descriptive communiqués of four iterations.


Indeed, the SPOT Satellite Messenger is a new type of personal locator beacon, one that gives you options as to which kind of emergency (or non-emergency) message you want to transmit from the wilderness to the world at large.

Messages the device can transmit include:

1) “I’m Okay”
2) “Summon emergency responder”
3) “Request help” for friends and family only
4) Track Location

That last feature, Track Location, remotely follows your path, stores GPS waypoints, then transmits the data for live display on the Web via Google Maps. Kind of creepy, but cool, too.

It will cost $149 when available next month, plus an annual $99 service fee.

More details to come. . .


Posted by Adam Bolonsky - 02/01/2008 01:19 PM

Hi Gear Junkie;

I recently received a demo SPOT unit from Globalstar and am writing a four-part series about the unit on my blog.

I’ll be testing the unit live from a barrier beach here in Massachusetts, using both the email and sms Ok and HELP notifications.

If you want to swing by to see the test results as they come in during February, 2008, the posts are at my blog

Posted by Paula - 01/02/2011 06:40 PM

I’ve had a SPOT for two years, and it’s been terrific. It stays on my life jacket so it’s always with me when I go out in my kayak. I like being able to tell my friends I’m OK, and know I can send a HELP message without calling 911. My friends and I talk about our SPOT devices on our website

Posted by Jeff Brown - 02/02/2011 10:19 AM

I do a lot of solo backpacking and canyoneering these days. I picked up one of the spots at 7summitsgear
I am really impressed with the spot 2

Posted by Jessi - 05/04/2011 02:41 PM

My husband got one of this for me cause i tend to wander. It works great, he tracks me down with his foretrex 401 review and all is well. I would definanlty recommend it for a family hike.

Posted by how to convert m4a to mp3 - 12/13/2011 04:29 AM

I like different dangerous activities and used Spot and had no problem. Thank you. Kim

Posted by Laura Anderson - 04/05/2012 02:27 AM

Hey there! I’ve recently tried SPOT and I’m glad that it’s so! It’s a very helpful thing for hikers and all people who enjoy long travels in unknown areas. I even can say that it makes one feel comfortable and safe to some extent! Sincerely yours, the developer of

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