SPOT’s call center, a bunker near Houston!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

3 Responses

  1. thataway4 says:

    Ben,
    You might want to qualify the response by GEOS Alliance. According to their web site the $8 fee is good if you sign up when you first initialize
    the SPOT. (I believe the usual fee is $150 a year.) Will this go up in subsiquent years?
    From the GEOS web site:
    “The scope of GEOS SAR benefits includes payment, by GEOS, of up to $100,000 in any one year, limited to $50,000 any one incident, for the provision of necessary additional Search and Rescue resources (including helicopter, aircraft, private search teams etc.) up to the single incident limit for a period not exceeding 72 hours from the time of call for assistance where these are requested by the appropriate rescue authorities and which are necessary to prevent injury or illness or danger to human life as a result of an unforeseeable emergency or to pay for any costs and
    expenses claimed against you by the appropriate rescue authorities.
    Provision of additional resources under this service must be first authorized by GEOS.
    PLEASE NOTE This benefit does not apply if:-
    a) your situation is caused by circumstances such as a forecast change of weather conditions, which could reasonably have been anticipated at the
    date you started your trip
    b) you have NOT made adequate provision of resources or training or competence needed to complete your planned trip.
    c) In the case of death of the Member, GEOS will not be responsible for the transportation of the body
    d) GEOS will endeavour to arrange a successful rescue but cannot accept liability for failed rescues due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their
    control.”
    $50,000 does not go very far in SAR once aircraft are involved. There is a 72 hour limit and the requirement of “requested by the appropiate authorities”. I still wonder how good their track record will be in remote
    areas. The coast Guard is fairly straight foreward. But many of us boat on remote lakes or hike in remote areas.

  2. Dan (b393capt) says:

    SPOT takes the Wall Street Journal 2008 Technology Innovation Award in the category of consumer electronics. Way to go SPOT.

  3. wher0001 says:

    I do believe that so far, everyone that has been rescued has not had to pay any additional costs.
    Maybe that will suffice for now. I am sure that if they had, someone would have complained.
    Also, I don’t think people should use the SPOT as a reason to go taking extra risks just because they can press a button and get rescued.
    The SPOT is simply an insurance policy and $8 for lifetime policy, if you were smart/frugal enough to by it at that price, for something that could cost you your life isn’t bad. If I made a bad judgement call and had to be rescued, I would still rather pay the cost after I was rescued than just die because I was cheap.

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