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17-Year Old Sailing the World

Zac Sunderland, a 17-year old from Marina del Rey, California, departed June 14, 2008 in an attempt to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone by sailboat. We've supported him with a SPOT and now he is on the home stretch just a short way away in the Panama Canal.

Even encountering pirates along the way at one point, SPOT has been a great tool for Zac and provided peace of mind to his friends and family. Check out this story where after communication gaps, his family was finally updated when Zac used his SPOT GPS Messenger to send an OK Message.

Economist.com

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Satellite phones go where mobiles fear to tread - Imagine the possibilities when such a hand-held gizmo (SPOT) can beam video as well as voice, GPS location and instant messaging.

Check out this article from the authority in scholarly business news, the Economist, on SPOT, the critical need for satellite communications away from cell coverage and the future of the industry. Click here to read.

 

Less than normal job? Seeking adventure?

No, we’re not talking about a job advertisement; we’re talking about the words coming from JT at shootingresources.com. See his interesting review of SPOT and how its design and functionality help thousands live up to the challenge of making it back in one piece while exploring or doing some of life’s most dangerous work. JT: “…It was the longest and probably the most in depth testing we have ever done. We did this for a reason though. This was designed as a rescue device and as such you are putting your life on the line with this one piece of equipment. This is your last hope of rescue or survival therefore it must work flawlessly. So before I would say “yes this works go check it out,” I want to make sure that I trust it with not only my life but those that are closest to me too. So how did the SPOT hold up after all of this? It was nothing short of amazing to be honest. The SPOT is tough plain and simple, there is not much in the normal world that is going to break this device. It held up under every harshness that we threw at it. It needed just a little more than cleaning or to pick it up and dust it off.  Sure it shows a little cosmetic wear but who cares it still works.” Click here for the full review.

Video: Gear to Get with Brian Brawdy

brian_brawdy.jpgWill you be on the road this summer, often outside of cell service and cellular-based roadside assistance coverage? Listen to SPOT Ambassador Brian Brawdy and learn how SPOT provides a GPS safety system for you and your loved ones. Click here to read the full article and see a SPOT video demonstration.

Boating Life - The 411 on 911

bl_logo.jpgWhether boating just off the beach or 50 miles out, make sure you can be heard. Read the full article as seen in Boating Life.

411 on 911

By Randy Vance

http://www.boatinglife.com/SPOT

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SPOT Messenger Rescues Cyclist

Rescue Profile: Bill and Andreas
Case #: 12629


Bill Peschka, a Tour Divide Veteran, was cycling in Wyoming as part of an ultra-distance mountain bike race following the Continental Divide from Banff Canada to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM.

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One June afternoon, Peschka was cycling in Sweetwater County where he stumbled upon Andreas Fassbender, a German cyclist heading north to Canada. Fassbender had been catapulted off his bike after hitting a patch of deep sand with the front wheel. Fassbender had been lying on the ground waiting for 2 hours as he was unable to connect to local authorities due to lack of cellular coverage. Luckily for Fassbender, Peschka had his SPOT handy.


The SOS was pushed and within 30 minutes, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office had arrived on the scene and was looking for SPOT Owner, Peschka by name. Two ambulances had been dispatched because they were unsure of the road conditions and wanted to get quickly to Fassbender’s aide. They loaded Fassbender into the ambulance and off they went.

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