My "normal" message is just a test message--something like "This is Bill just testing his SPOT. If you click the location listed you can see where I am."
I send that sometimes when I DO have a cell signal just to make sure the system is working--I should get a message on my cell right away if it's working. Well, sometimes it takes 5 or 10 minutes, but I should get a message.
I might eventually change the seat to dark brown just so it doesn't look so dirty all the time. But first I gotta go on a few group rides and enjoy the yucks and chuckles!