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Release Date
2021-08-04
Firmware Version
2.5.0
Firmware Updater Version
2.7.3
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How can I determine if the SPOT device transmissions affect the aircraft’s navigation electronics?

Turn on the SPOT device and place it in Tracking mode. If the aircraft navigation system starts to have momentary interference issues at the same intervals that the SPOT device is transmitting Tracking messages, then the SPOT device must be moved or turned off to resolve the interference....

How long does it take to fully charge SPOT X?

When using the wall charger that came with your device, it takes 4 hours to fully charge. If the SPOT X is charged on a computer or secondary charged device, it may take longer.  ...

Does the SPOT X turn off if it's idle?

No, the device does not go into a sleep/idle mode.  ...

How can the SPOT interference be prevented in aircraft?

In many cases, keeping the SPOT device at least 12-18 inches away from any navigation equipment or GPS antennas will resolve the problem.   This can be difficult in smaller planes as many pilots want to place the SPOT device on the glare shield.  If interference is observed, move the SPOT device to another location and check again for interference.  Continue testing until the problem is resolved.  Please note that in some cases, the interference problem will not be able to be resolved unless the SPOT product is turned off....

How SPOT works?

SPOT products transmit short 1.5 second one-way messages on either 1611.25 MHz in North America and portions of Central America or on 1616.25 MHz throughout the rest of the world.  These frequencies are just above the GPS L1 frequency (1575.42 MHz) used by many aircraft navigation systems.  When the SPOT product transmits, there is the possibility of interference even though both the SPOT device and the aircraft navigation/communication systems meet all FCC regulatory requirements for interference....
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