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Tracking method

In light of recent occurances how many use a tracking device when they ride alone. I have been using the free app Life360 to track my movements along with my kids. I can see where they are and they can see where I am. May not be as accurate as some of the dedicated units but seems to work pretty good, and at the right price.
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Glympse (an android phone app) works for me. Sends my wife an ongoing track she can pull up on the home computer. WARNING: this app also transmits your current speed. She can slap me long distance. I get MANY texts. "SLOW THAT THING DOWN!"

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There are times when my "track" will appear on aprs.fi - it works OK, but I do not always use it... just every so often. Click on the tracked vehicle/person's icon and the speed and altitude will be displayed.

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I run a SPOT, works great.

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It's not "satellite", but you can also just turn on "Latitude History" in Google MAPS...

It's free and tracks you 24x7

I have a record of everyplace I've been for the past three years.

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I wonder who else can see where you're at? Government? How private are these things?
I don't use tracking devices; however, I wouldn't care who was looking at me if I did. I'm not paranoid and have nothing to hide.

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My wife and have used an app on the iPhone that worked OK. The worst part is you have to manually transmit ever so often. It was OK but not perfect.
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I have a "SPOT" that I use sometimes so my wife has the peace of mind to know I am not in the ditch somewhere

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All Depends,

If I were traveling with a small plane or boat the need for a fast rescue might be high. As for a car or motorcycle I think Spot or other aps on your cell phone is good enough for me. I have read that many back packers are using Spot. Another way is to call when you arrive safely. I don't show up to place at a given time send out the cavalry, but they still have to figure where I am and that’s the big problem. Also this takes out the last minute changes of routes that I like to do. Kind of like the missing biker thread. I think I will use Spot when I go to Rockies Gold this year from Ca. because I like to travel alone and my wife can see where I am and that I am safe. Regards Eldon
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If I were traveling with a small plane or boat the need for a fast rescue might be high. As for a car or motorcycle I think Spot or other aps on your cell phone is good enough for me.
I'm a pilot and live in an "air ranch" community.
All my neighbors are pilots.

We are all required to carry in the plane and have inspected once per year an "emergency locator transmitter" (ELT).
If you ask ANY of these pilots what their NUMBER ONE safety device in the airplane is, they will all say without hesitation..
"my cell phone".

One of my neighbors just went down in the swamp last week.
While still hanging upside down in the straps he pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911..
within minutes they said "we've got your location".. and dispatch was on the way.
The ELT would go off on impact and you MIGHT see help in (at best) a few hours or (worse) a few days.

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