Satellite Transponder (Spot Messenger)

      i.      Purpose:  The SPOT Messenger provides a vital line of communication with international rescue coordination centers, the MichCanSka Command Center and friends and family. It provides your GPS location and status based on situation and need. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where cell phones don’t all with the push of a button

    ii.       Recommendations: Each Team shall be responsible for accruing or purchasing at least one Spot Messenger and signing up for a minimum of a 1 year basic subscription with tracking option. (minimally covering the event period Feb 1st, 2010 to March 31st, 2010. ), Spot has launched a new version called the “SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger “(Spot-2 unit), the advantages of the new model is its 50% smaller, lighter, easier to use and has an additional button to program a special message to. The disadvantage of this model is the batteries last 1/3 less, it is only rated to -22F (Spot-1 original -40F).

  iii.      Example Options & Price:

  1. Cabelas has a special with the manufacture good until December 31st, 2009.  The rebate is for only the original Spot-1 unit

             Option 1) the unit and 2 yr service plan w/tracking, total cost of $300 after rebate

             Option 2) the unit and 1 yr service plan w/tracking, cost of $250 after rebate

      2.   Spot messenger (original Spot-1) unit w/ 1 yr service plan w/tracking @ Pattullo & Sons Sports (989) 673-6130 $175 (at cost after rebate)

      3.   Spot Satellite GPS Messenger (New Spot-2) unit w/ 1 yr service plan w/tracking @ Pattullo & Sons Sports $255 (at cost)

   iv.      Additional Tips: The Spot Messenger shall be assigned to a rider on the team and worn on the person’s body preferably in a location unobstructed from the sky above, (i.e. an outside pocket on sleeve or chest). It is highly recommended that the individual download the user guide from the and/or attend a safety briefing detailing the optimal use of this technology.