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Old 01-11-2009, 10:06   #1
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Please Help Me with Spot GPS Tracker

We purchased the SPOT tracker for my husbands passage from FL to TX and now the damn thing isnt transmitting. To say I am concerned would be an understatement.

The spot was turned on once they arrived in FL and I was able to track them for a while..but once they left the marina..no news at all. It was suppose to send an email every ten minutes (I know that is crazy) but I didnt know how to set it up to track at different intervals.

We havent had any contact with them since around 8 p.m. last night.

ANY ADVICE WOULD BE WELCOMED!!!

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I don't have the "tracking" option, I believe that was an extra I didn't sign up for. We just turn it on and hit the check in button.
The directions that came with my unit say the premium upgrade service "track progress" will send your location every 10 min, for 24 hours. then you must activate the unit again. Maybe that is what is going on.
I'm sure they will check in soon
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As Cyndimarcus says it has to be "reset" every 24 hrs.

Do they know that?
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No we didnt know that...grrrrrr
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Is there a way to get a message to them???
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:05   #8
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Do they have a VHF that works?
Maybe a member that knows the route can hail them and have them phone home.
Do you know the route?

Cell phone?
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They do have a VHF - if any member would like to try and contact them it would be MOST APPRECIATED!!

Boats name is "ON ON"

They left FL yesterday around 4 pm (Oct 31st)

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There's Good News and Bad News...

The bad news is that if your crew did not take the time to read the instructions and understand the use of the equipment before they left, they're not likely to do so at this point unless someone gets bored on the trip, picks up the instructions for reading matter and discovers their error. Further, as a practical matter after 24 hours at sea they're likely 200+ miles into the trip so there's not much chance of reaching them now unless they have an SSB and are checking in (although the Coast Guard could put out a notice for ships at sea to keep an eye out for the boat).

The good news is that it's only about 800 miles to Corpus from the Tampa Bay area and at an average of 6 knots, they should make it in 5 daze or so. During that time period the area they are traversing will be dominated by high pressure systems to their north and west so they will largely have winds abeam or over their starboard quarter in the 15 to 25 knot range which will hasten their trip. Predicted wave heights will also be coming from the northeast and be less than 10' so they should have pretty comfortable travel and az bit of surfing as they near shore.

You'll till be worrying but likely they'll be having the time of their life (of course you can give them heck when they arrive).

FWIW...
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Route?
Sailing around the clock?
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Thanks everyone :-) The planned route was straight across the gulf to Corpus. I'm hoping they will get bored and read the information.

thanks!!
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If they left Ft. Lauderdale yesterday at 4pm then they are not out in the middle of the Gulf yet.

Again - cell phone?
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They left St. Pete at 1600 yesterday when winds were 5-10 knts from the northwest and 15 knts northerly off-shore. Odds are that at this point they're about 135 +/- miles offshore with favorable winds. The sea surface temperature is nearly 80 off-shore so they're likely pretty comfortable right now. No Worries...
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They left St. Pete at 1600 yesterday when winds were 5-10 knts from the northwest and 15 knts northerly off-shore. Odds are that at this point they're about 135 +/- miles offshore with favorable winds. The sea surface temperature is nearly 80 off-shore so they're likely pretty comfortable right now. No Worries...
Well, crap.

I read FL as Ft. Lauderdale.

My error.

Great window for them.
Bet they are having a blast!!

I am heading south tomorrow.
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