There's been a lot of great feedback on the new DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Communicator. This week, I'd like to share some of the coolest features you might not know about.
Logging Geocaches and Uploading Field Notes
With the SPOT Communicator and PN-60w, you can log a geocache find and write a field note in the field and immediately send the information to Geocaching.com. Link your premium Geocaching.com account to your account at findmeSPOT.com before you go into the field. This will allow you to log a geocache or upload field notes in near real-time from virtually anywhere with the SPOT Communicator.
Using the SPOT Communicator in Independent Mode
Did you know that the SPOT Communicator could be used independently of the PN-60w? For example, if you lose, damage or the batteries go dead in your PN-60w, you can use the SOS button on the SPOT Communicator in case of emergency. When the GPS indicator light is green on the SPOT Communicator, The SPOT Communicator is operating in independent mode (not connected to the PN-60w), and is in view of 3 or more GPS satellites.
Send Progress Page Lets You See the Progress of Your Message
Once you have sent a message, the Send Progress page displays information about the message currently in Progress. When the SPOT Communicator status indicates that a message mode is in progress, you can select that message type to view the Send Progress page
The Send Progress page displays the following information about the message:
Message–The message recipient and the content of the message
Times Sent–The number of times the message has been sent. While a single message transmission has a good probability of being received, waiting for the full three-message transmission to complete gives the highest probability of a successful delivery.
Time Started–The time the message was initiated.
Time to Next Send–Displays the amount of time remaining until the SPOT Communicator sends the next message.
Time Remaining–Displays the amount of time remaining until the message is complete.
Rescue Profile: Tom
Case #: 13665
Tom Madlem had been riding motorcycles for 50 years. Death Valley was one trip he had never taken before though. He and a friend had planned to take 2 weeks off and make the ride. However, the first part of the trip was going to force Madlem to commit the “cardinal sin” - biking alone.
This meant he would be riding alone through the desert for two days before meeting up with his friend. After his wife and son begged him not to go by himself, he was then convinced to purchase his SPOT GEN3™ for the trip so his family would have peace of mind. He made it the first day just fine alone. Tuesday morning, he had not ridden 10 miles when he took a hard fall on his bike.