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Old 03-09-2010, 07:11 PM   #11
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Re: Yella Fella STOLEN...

Has any one looked into a GPS tracking system? Does any have one? Or, do you think having a RAVELCO immobilizer and an alarm system with a 1 mile range pager is enough?

VIPER: 210V GPS Tracking $499.99, Service: $99 per year, web and telephone based, http://WWW.shopaudiovideo.com/dei210v.html

ESCORT: Entouerage CIS $400, Service $15 per month, needs smart phone or brouser-enabled mobile phone; Uses key fob. If driver does not have key fob, owner is alerted. (parents like this) http://www.escortradar.com/entouragecis/

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Old 03-09-2010, 07:35 PM   #12
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Has any one looked into a GPS tracking system? Does any have one? Or, do you think having a RAVELCO immobilizer and an alarm system with a 1 mile range pager is enough?

VIPER: 210V GPS Tracking $499.99, Service: $99 per year, web and telephone based, http://WWW.shopaudiovideo.com/dei210v.html

ESCORT: Entouerage CIS $400, Service $15 per month, needs smart phone or brouser-enabled mobile phone; Uses key fob. If driver does not have key fob, owner is alerted. (parents like this)
http://www.escortrader.com

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I was looking into modify that GPS "Spot" (http://www.findmespot.com/en/) device to add dedicated power and remote "on/off" switch but it looks like it would be a hack job, so I found a few GPS Trackers on Ebay.

This GPS Tracker looks pretty good. I saw like 4+ different applicable versions using the search term "GPSTracker".

It uses a Cellular SIM card. Also has a few neat features like fuel or start cut-off, call and listen in and more..comes with relay (for kill switch type functions), and no monthly servcie plan other then paying for that Cell Sim card (eg.. T-Mobile Pre-Paid). It basically uses SMS Texting and you call either call the cell sim card like a cell phone and it returns a SMS text message with GPS coordinates, copy/paste the GPS coordinates into Googleearth and there she is.. It has other features like move and perimeter fencing also. You can also call it and listen in (if that's going to help or not, probably not).

Its on ebay for $140.00: http://cgi.ebay.com/HOT-AVL05-GPS-Car-T ... 2c5350b205

There is also the "NanoSpark" which is a tiny unit, but it's an all enclosed unit with antenna and don't know if it works as it claims as far as having it in your glove compartment...or hidden semi exposed to the sky location. Downside is you have to pay a montly service fee.

The only advantage of hacking up a "Spot" device is that it's Satellite based versus the Cell Based GPS Tracker...

If your a HAM, then you can progress into APRS(Automatic Position Reporting System) GPS/Ham radio tracking that uses 2m/440 and a gps to track your location for close to free: http://www.cave.org/aprs/
More APRS Links: http://www.b2v.org/forms/APRSEquip.pdf

There are a few tiny APRS GPS Trackers available also with Radio built in.. http://www.byonics.com/
http://www.jancorver.org/en/info/aprs/index.htm

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Old 03-10-2010, 12:40 AM   #13
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Re: Yella Fella STOLEN...

As Thomas Jefferson said “He who trades liberty for security deserves neither and will lose both.”

The downside to putting a GPS Tracking device on your SMB so you can track it if it is stolen is that your SMB can now be tracked. Now, I'm sure that would never happen... But, I'm just say'n...

Ravelco for me. Then if they want it, they'll have to tow the 9,000 lb beast. Good luck!
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:34 AM   #14
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Re: Yella Fella STOLEN...

Jessenej, I'm pretty sure that was Benjamin Franklin that said that. Unless his quote was stolen by Thomas Jefferson of course.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:20 AM   #15
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The downside to putting a GPS Tracking device on your SMB so you can track it if it is stolen is that your SMB can now be tracked. Now, I'm sure that would never happen... But, I'm just say'n...
So you eschew cell phones as well then? And no doubt any GPS that communicates for data (traffic, updates etc)? And lets not forget all those traffic and street cameras... I seriously doubt you're going to disappear in the SMB and if you needed to at least you should know where the device is to remove from your own van.
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Re: Yella Fella STOLEN...

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Has any one looked into a GPS tracking system? Does any have one? Or, do you think having a RAVELCO immobilizer and an alarm system with a 1 mile range pager is enough?

VIPER: 210V GPS Tracking $499.99, Service: $99 per year, web and telephone based, http://WWW.shopaudiovideo.com/dei210v.html

ESCORT: Entouerage CIS $400, Service $15 per month, needs smart phone or brouser-enabled mobile phone; Uses key fob. If driver does not have key fob, owner is alerted. (parents like this)
http://www.escortrader.com

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Angel,
You might want to check your link, I believe you meant http://www.escortradar.com. While your link may provide possible entertainment to some, it would not help keep your SMB from being stolen.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:28 AM   #17
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Re: Yella Fella STOLEN...

LOL!!!!! I fixed it. When I click on my listing in your post, I get the wrong site. When I click on the listing rewritten by you, I get the right site. They sure look the same to me. Go figure.

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Re: Yella Fella STOLEN...

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As Thomas Jefferson said “He who trades liberty for security deserves neither and will lose both.”

The downside to putting a GPS Tracking device on your SMB so you can track it if it is stolen is that your SMB can now be tracked. Now, I'm sure that would never happen... But, I'm just say'n...

Ravelco for me. Then if they want it, they'll have to tow the 9,000 lb beast. Good luck!
That's like saying if you have a cell phone, you can be tracked... by Big Brother, etc.. but hopefully not by the general public.

Those GPS Trackers need to authenticate with your password before it gives up the GPS Lat Long.. there is no broadcast, it's strictly for you. But then again, if someone at the phone company was watching your SMS txt, it would give yourself away.. but that's like saying someone at your internet provider is reading all your Email..

Same goes with the SPOT GPS Messenger, you put in the Email addresss of those you want to know where you are.. it's not public.

I also found some interesting steering column locks that completely cover the steering column and ignition key port: http://www.simjack.com
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That's like saying if you have a cell phone, you can be tracked... by Big Brother, etc.. but hopefully not by the general public.
Ever catch Law & Order? Or better yet CSI? "I triangulated his cell signal and he just moved from the hot dog roller to the nacho cheese machine inside the Sip & Gulp. That's our killer all right!" and later of course they get finger prints from the nacho cheese itself.

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but that's like saying someone at your internet provider is reading all your Email..
Implying that they are not reading any of it?

I like the idea of GPS tracking mainly because from Ravelco to taking your steering wheel with you, there is always the tow truck and if they really want to take your vehicle they will. At least a GPS tracker gives you (the police) the option to retrieve it.
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That's like saying if you have a cell phone, you can be tracked... by Big Brother, etc.. but hopefully not by the general public.
Ever catch Law & Order? Or better yet CSI? "I triangulated his cell signal and he just moved from the hot dog roller to the nacho cheese machine inside the Sip & Gulp. That's our killer all right!" and later of course they get finger prints from the nacho cheese itself.

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but that's like saying someone at your internet provider is reading all your Email..
Implying that they are not reading any of it?

I like the idea of GPS tracking mainly because from Ravelco to taking your steering wheel with you, there is always the tow truck and if they really want to take your vehicle they will. At least a GPS tracker gives you (the police) the option to retrieve it.
hehe, I'm sure they are or can if they wanted too.. both Cell and Emails

The best we can do is to have a deterrent first, and a recovery plan next; help the PD find it quicker, either with LoJack or even quicker with a GPSTracker.. I think the first 1-3 hours is critical..

Even though it's insured, there is a aweful lot of intrinisic hours spent getting your sportsmobile the way you like it. Kinda like trying replacing your kids lost loved pet with another same looking pet, it's not the same pet.
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