The team has recently added a SPOT satellite tacking device to our QM store. This unit is easy to use by Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders. It provides much more functionality than a normal EPIB or PLB including up to 4 levels of messaging. Training typically takes 10 – 20 minutes.
SPOT does not rely on mobile phone network coverage but uses satellite technology. Clear view of the sky is important with all satellite devices, e.g. attach it to the top of you back pack if hiking or tape to car dash board when mobile. SPOT uses GPS location data and can transmit your location along with messages indicating that you are OK, delayed, in need of help, or alert emergency services in an emergency situation.
SPOT can be hired on a weekly basis (typically Thursday – Wednesday) from the team.
Due to changes to $US – $AU exchange rate, bank transfer fees and GST we have been forced to increase the hire fees. As of 30 October 2018, weekly hire will increase to $40 p.w. This hire charge reflects the cost of licensing, fair wear and includes fresh Lithium batteries. Delivery and postage are not included and may be negotiated.If SPOT is not returned by the agreed date, additional weekly hire will apply. Significant damage or repairs will be charged to the hirer. Any costs incurred due to deliberate miss use will be charged to the hirer.
Additional SPOT trackers may be hired at commercial rates e.g. https://www.ozsatelliterentals.com.au/products/spot
Recently SPOT went hiking with 1st Highton Scouts and SPOT automatically sent footprint messages as they hiked along. First they tried it out on a local hike.The Scouts wondered how their leaders knew they visited the chocolate shop on the way? 🙂
Then they took SPOT on a great adventure. Several times a day they regularly sent their per-determined message to tell those at home that all was well.