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406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon
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406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon

Manufacturer: ACR

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Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Sep 22, 2003 / Sep 22, 2003

Object ID: 9499

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Transmits on 406 MHz via COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system with your registered unique, digitally coded distress signal and 121.5 MHz (SAR homing frequency).

Small, lightweight unit can be easily carried in a pack or pocket; small enough to wear on deck by racers, crew, solo cruisers, kyakers, climbers, hikers, hunters, pilots or any outdoor enthusiast.

Single, three-position switch for simplicity. Red LED flashing indicates unit is "ON", Yellow LED flashing indicates test sequence in process, steady green LED indicates unit has passed full functional test.

Functional test switch for battery power and 406 MHz transmission.

Flat, stainless steel antenna wraps compactly around bottom case for easy stowage; is easily positioned when needed.

Floats to avoid loss if dropped in water, waterproof to 3.3 ft (1 m).

Case and instruction label are oil, water and UV resistant, with non-corroding components.

Wrist lanyard ensures security when hand-held.

Can be stored between -50° C and + 70° C (-58° and +158° F).


Material: Fiber reinforced polycarbonate blend with resin tougheners

Color: Hi-Vis Yellow/blue

Deployment: Manual

Operation: Lift switch up, slide right, push forward breaking tab

Accessories: RapidDitch-P carrying bag (P/N 2267)

Frequency: 406.028 MHz, 121.5 MHz

Battery Type: Lithium-5 1/2 year replacement life (11-year useful life)

Certification: Approved by COSPAS-SARSAT, FCC Approved

Limited Warranty: 5 years

Radiating Power: 5 watts ± 2dB (406.028 MHz) 50 mW ± 3dB (121.5 MHz)

Operational Life: In excess of 24 hours @ -40°C (-40°F), longer in higher ambient temperature


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