Summit Treestands
SPOT SAT MESSENGER
New Mexico
Contributors to this thread:
Montano315 25-Jul-17
splitlimb13 26-Jul-17
smarba 26-Jul-17
BillL 26-Jul-17
smarba 26-Jul-17
Muddyboots 26-Jul-17
smarba 26-Jul-17
butcherboy 06-Aug-17
mrelite 06-Aug-17
HDE 06-Aug-17
butcherboy 07-Aug-17
Z Barebow 07-Aug-17
earlyriser 07-Aug-17
butcherboy 07-Aug-17
From: Montano315
25-Jul-17
Just have a few questions for those of you that use these or have used these in the past? Are they worth the money, do they work in the deepest parts of the Gila? What are your experiences using these satellite messengers? Thanks

From: splitlimb13
26-Jul-17
I don't like them , a delorum is a hundred times better.

From: smarba
26-Jul-17
SPOT is lame. Get a Delorme. Delorme allows 2 way texting and confirms that your message was sent.

I DON'T chit chat with family via texting while I'm out, but the peace of mind knowing that if something hits the fan on the home front my wife can contact me is important to me. With the SPOT all you can do is send out.

Either system I haven't had trouble with service no matter how remote.

But get a Delorme over SPOT any day.

From: BillL
26-Jul-17
Friend of mine left his SPOT msgr at his elk kill site 2 miles back in a USFS Wilderness Area. As far as I know, it's still there 5 years later. I think he wasn't too impressed with it's capabilities. Looks like Garmin has an inReach product like Delorme, but with built-in gps capabilities. Real satellite phones can be rented too.

From: smarba
26-Jul-17
Garmin bought Delorme about a year ago. The Delorme unit is still available unchanged. Garmin made an improved Garmin version. Only reason I'm not ready to jump to the Garmin unit is $ and it's not touch screen. The main pain in the rear is typing with a screen keyboard and moving like with a joystick to get to each letter. When they make a touch screen that's like typing on a phone I'd consider changing.

One of the Delorme models has built in GPS also (although nowhere near the screen quality as the Gamin unit).

From: Muddyboots
26-Jul-17
I had a spot at work- didn't care much for the options it had, but as far as I know it always reached the satellites. I bought an inreach for myself- I can send canned messages unlimited, and typed on the spot messages (I think I get 10 per month included with the monthly fee). As mentioned above, you get a delivery message. Never had a problems reaching satellites with it, either. Typing with the inreach is a pain, but it works if you go slow.

From: smarba
26-Jul-17
Muddy: The Delorme plan just changed to 5 free messages (from 10) but you're right, the canned ones are free. I double up the canned: you can modifiy to fit your needs, but as an example, "Location check, everything OK. If sent REPEATEDLY from same location CAMPING HERE". If you get creative you can make your messages mean more.

I suppose if you really wanted to get creative, sending 1x could mean something, 2x another, 3x another, etc.

I suspect that the free canned messages will go away at some point, just like the 10 free were cut to 5 free.

From: butcherboy
06-Aug-17
Just bought a Garmin inReach Explorer +. So far I like it. I needed a new GPS as well and this one fit my needs. My wife is expecting our third child September 24th and I have the first hunt. I know, I know, not good timing. also got selected for Grand Jury duty in Albuquerque for Sept and Oct! I needed a good way to stay in contact when no cell service is available.

From: mrelite
06-Aug-17
butcherboy, I am curious that if you got called for jury duty would you leave your hunt and come home? or just if your wife was in labor?

I am not sure I would come back for jury duty

From: HDE
06-Aug-17
Kind of hard to tell a federal judge to pound sand, but would be fun to do so.

Wonder what would happen if you had an OIL tag and got stuck with a grand jury summons? Would game and fish let you turn it in and reapply?

From: butcherboy
07-Aug-17
I know before hand if and when I get summoned so I can plan around that. Planning around when a baby is born, not so much lol. I will be hunting Labor Day weekend mostly. After that it depends on when I get summoned and how things may or may not be progressing with my wife.

From: Z Barebow
07-Aug-17
Not a SPOT story. But when I was drawn for NM tag in 2000, (I am an NR), I was on the list for jury duty (County Court). I sent them a letter stating there is no way I could turn in my NR hunting tag. (I even offered to switch to later dates). I was excused!

From: earlyriser
07-Aug-17
I was excused for hunting. Judge had no problem with it. Seemed excited and asked me questions. Probably to see if I was full of beans or not.

From: butcherboy
07-Aug-17
Grand Jury is different than local county or local Magistrate Court. They rarely give excuses but will give partial excuses. I'm going to try and get a partial for a week or two before #3 is born and a week or two after the due date. Just never know. I have to drive 3 to 3 1/2 hours just to hear the evidence and decide if it should go to trial or not. I hope to be using my GPS to send a message to my wife that I am coming home with an elk.

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