MicroFix PLB


MicroFix PLB
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title MicroFix PLB
Manufacturer ACR
Page By Hotfeet
Page Type Mar 2, 2008 / Mar 4, 2008
Object ID 4972
Hits 5953

Product Description

Be prepared in the backcountry with the ACR Electronics MicroFix Personal Locater Beacon and protect yourself from an everyday accident becoming a life-threatening situation.

Internal GPS acquires your coordinates when the unit is activated and transmits your exact location to within 110 yards to local rescue agencies
PLB technology transmits signals that are monitored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and AFRCC (Air Force Rescue Coordination Center)
Each unit contains and transmits a 15-digit Unique Identifying Number (UIN) which is picked up by satellites and provides rescuers with your name, address and other pertinent information
The 406 MHz signal allows rescuers to locate your position within a 2 mile radius, while the 121.5 MHz signal allows rescuers to home in to pinpoint your position
External GPS optical interface (NMEA 0183) allows you to download your GPS coordinates from your hand-held GPS unit into your PLB
When activated, your GPS coordinates will be automatically included in your emergency transmission to satellites – saving valuable time for your distress message to reach local rescue centers
The flat, stainless steel antenna wraps compactly around bottom case for easy stowage and is easily positioned when needed
The unit floats to avoid loss if dropped in water and is waterproof to 3.3 feet


Size: 1.25 x 5.81 x 2.31 inches
Weight: 10 ounces
Battery: Lithium - 5-year replacement life
Material: High impact engineered plastic
Deployment/Activation: Manual
Waterproof: 33 feet
Certification: COSPAS-SARSAT FCC approved
Operational Life: 40 hours at -20C, 8 hours at -40C


Transmits on 406 MHz via the COSPAS-SARSAT with your registered, unique, digitally-coded distress signal, and 121.5 MHz (SAR homing frequency)
12-channel parallel GPS for accurate positioning; 100 meter position accuracy when GPS coordinates are present
Attachment clip mounts to back of PLB to easily clip onto backpacks, belt, webbing, etc; Bungee lanyard allows for PLB to be easily secured preventing loss, comfortable to wear around neck
Exceeds required 24 hour operating life
Exceeds RTCM waterproof requirements for Category 2 (non- buoyant) PLBs, tested to 5 meters
High impact plastic case designed to withstand exposure to UV rays, oil, sea water and raft packing
ACR beacons are used by the U.S. military, U.S. Coast Guard, NATO and Arctic explorers

Suggested Retail Price




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Dow Williams - Mar 23, 2008 1:43 pm - Hasn't voted

I can give a few of these away for free to qualified climbers....those that get out a lot in remote areas with high walls. Must travel a bit. Will require some testing and info gathering, not much of your time really. PM me.

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