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Re: Spot, DeLorme Trackers?
Any one-way gizmo (even phone text messages) have to be used with knowledge that a lack of message, a lack of acknowledgement, DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. This is why radio operators will acknowledge they have heard something, i.e. by saying "Roger."
So by all means use the SPOT or anything else, just let the wife know that "no messages" can mean you dropped it overboard, the battery is low and you're busy, all kinds of things that are not grounds for worry. Pick a time, like two hours or eight hours, and tell her not to worry until she hasn't heard from you for at least that long.
Get the gizmo a month or two in advance, and see what kind of coverage and lapses you may have, well in advance. And get her used to seeing it drop out from time to time.