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Old 19-11-2010, 10:21   #1
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GPS - FindMeSpot

Does this really work international?
Can you track on the internet across the Pacific?
How much does it cost?
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Old 19-11-2010, 10:33   #2
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It works in most places around the world within several hundred miles of the coast . . . except not in the mid-Pacific or Indian Ocean or the Southern Ocean.

Go to http://findmespot.com/en/ and click on "Spot Overview," then "Coverage Map."

This link might take you there directly:
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If you want to have some sort of tracking across the Pacific, check out these two units:

Solara Field Tracker 2100 (costs around US$ 800, and the service plan is $30 per month).
Field Tracker 2100 - Solara Remote Data Delivery
It uses the Iridium network of satellites, as opposed to the Globalstar birds used by Spot. Includes two-way emergency texting, along with GPS fixes. I haven't heard much about these in use.

Also ACR has a new PLB with an "OK" function (trying to compete with Spot). It's the Aqualink 2884. (Costs around US$ 400. Not sure what the service plan costs.)
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I believe these have a much higher transmit signal strength than the Spot, and (I think) they use the same SARSATs that EPIRBs use. Again, haven't heard much about them in use, but I imagine they are more reliable than Spot in general, and have true global coverage.
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