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post #31 of Old 05-23-2013
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Re: Don't read this unless you have time . .

Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Yeah, SPOTs sure are becoming popular, alright...

I'd love to have a nickel for every taxpayer dollar that will be wasted in the years to come on needless SAR missions triggered after a SPOT battery dies, or someone at sea hasn't posted to their blog or Facebook page in more than 24 hours... (grin)

One recent example...
No doubt this will be true at some point, but right now, what I hear far more of on the radio are accidental EPIRB activations! Must be at least one a week around these parts in the summer.

DISCLOSURE: I use a SPOT regularly, although friends and family have been well-briefed not to contact emergency services if it goes dark for a while.

That said, I like the fact that it offers that sort of fail-safe option, in that it may generate a false alarm, but at least there WILL BE an alarm if something goes wrong, unlike what could happen with an EPIRB in similar circumstances...
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