EPIRB's & Emergency Beacons

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ACR Electronics Epirb 406 MHz
    ACR Electronics Epirb 406 MHzReplacement bulbs for RCL-75 Searchlight.High intensity 55W Halogen 12 volt bulbs.2 bulbs are used in each searchlight.
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    ACR #9430 Lowpro Bracket for 406; CAT II (Not RLB-24 & Magnum B)
      ACR #9430 Lowpro Bracket for 406; CAT II (Not RLB-24 & Magnum B) Keyed to eliminate possibility of installing EPIRB backwards Built-in magnet …
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      ACR GlobaliFix Category I
        The all new GlobalFix™ iPRO Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is the next generation in marine safety electronics. The …
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        FBRS 2775 Battery ServiceIncludes 1096 Battery Parts Labor - ACR
          EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2775 Sat2 406™ Cat 2, Class 1Includes:1096 5-Year Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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          FBRS 2775 Battery ServiceIncludes 1096 Battery Parts Labor - ACR
            EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2775 Sat2 406™ Cat 2, Class 1Includes:1096 5-Year Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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            FBRS 2742 Battery ServiceInclude 1098.1 Battery Parts Labor - ACR
              EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2742 GlobalFix™ Cat 1, Class 1Includes:1098.1 5-Year Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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              ACR Low Pro 3 Cat II EPIRB Mounting Bracket
                Low Pro 3 Cat II EPIRB Mounting BracketThis low-profile bracket features an incredibly small footprint for bulkhead mounting. Made of high-density, …
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                ACR Globalfix Pro 406 EPIRB Integral GPS - Category 1
                  GlobalFix Pro 406 MHz Category I GPS Emergency Position Indicating Radio BeaconHead offshore with confidence. With three levels of integrated …
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                  ACR Aqualink View PLB
                    Head offshore with confidence. With three levels of integrated signal technology - GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal and 121.5 MHz homing …
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                    FBRS 2774 Battery ServiceIncludes 1096 Battery Parts Labor, Sku 34041 - ACR
                      EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2774 Sat2 406™ Cat 1, Class 1Includes:1096 5-Year Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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                      FBRS 2774 Battery ServiceIncludes 1096 Battery Parts Labor - ACR
                        EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2774 Sat2 406™ Cat 1, Class 1Includes:1096 5-Year Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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                        ACR Globalfix Pro 406 EPIRB Integral GPS - Category 2
                          GlobalFix Pro 406 MHz Category II GPS Emergency Position Indicating Radio BeaconHead offshore with confidence. With three levels of integrated signal …
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                          GME AccuSat 406 CAT 2 EPIRB Intern GPS Non-Hazmat w/Bracket
                            GME MT403 series EPIRBs are a culmination of three years of extensive R & D by GME engineers. The end result is a radical new design concept that is …
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                            Revere Mcmurdo Fastfind Plus Max G W/Built In Gps
                              FastFind Max-G™ PLB w/ GPSGet Found FAST with The Smallest, Lightest PLB!NEW! 48-Hour Effective Transmit Time !The Personal Location Beacon with …
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                              FBRS 2744 Battery ServiceInclude 1098.1 Battery Parts Labor - ACR
                                EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2744 GlobalFix™ Cat 2, Class 1Includes:1098.1 5-Year Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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                                GME AccuSat 406 CAT 1 EPIRB Intern GPS Non-Hazmat w/Bracket
                                  The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) compliant MT403FG is a 'state of the art' satellite distress beacon designed to operate in …
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                                  ACR FBRS 2897 Battery Replacement Service
                                    EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2797 AquaFix PLB-200 and PLB-201Includes:1099.1 5-Year Lithium Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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                                    ACR FBRS 2798 Battery Service
                                      EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2798 TerraFix PLB-200 and PLB-201Includes:1099.2 5-Year Lithium Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification …
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                                      ACR Antenna f/ RapidFix Sat II 406 & Globalfix - Black - Replaces Yellow
                                        Antenna Height: 7.39 (18.77 cm)Polarization: VerticalFrequency: 406 & 121.5 MHzVSWR: Less than 1.5/1
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                                        ACR Electronics - EPIRBS
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                                          Revere Supply Company (Mcmurdo) - Epirbs
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                                            SPOT Floating Case for SPOT2 - SPOT Satellite Messenger
                                              Floating Case for Spot 2 Satellite MessengerHolds, and keeps Spot 2 Satellite Messenger afloatOffers extended safety and protectionReflective accents …
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                                              ACR ResQLink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon
                                                ACR ResQLink ™406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beaconwith Optional 406Link.com ServiceAt 4.6 oz, the ResQLink weighs less than a couple of …
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                                                SPOT Connect Smartphone Satellite Communicator - SPOT Satellite Messenger
                                                  SPOT ConnectNo cell signal? No problem. Turn your smartphone into a satellite communicator with SPOT ConnectToday?s smartphones provide a level of …
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                                                  McMurdo Fast Find 220 PLB
                                                    Fast Find 220 PLBThe Fast Find 220 PLB uses advanced technology packed into a simple, lightweight, palm sized unit. Using the dedicated 406MHz …
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                                                    McMurdo Smartfind S10 Personal AIS Beacon
                                                      Smartfind S10 Personal AIS BeaconThe Smartfind S10 transmits target survivor information, including structured alert messages, GPS position …
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                                                      ACR FBRS 2774NH Non-Hazmat Battery Replacement Service
                                                        EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2774NH EPIRB Includes:1096NH 5-Year Lithium Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification ReportACR EPIRB …
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                                                        ACR FBRS 2744NH Battery Replacement Service
                                                          EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:2774NH EPIRBIncludes:1098.1NH and Parts LaborACR EPIRB batteries should be replaced every 5 years to ensure …
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                                                          AQUA LINK 406 GPS PLB - ACR
                                                            3 levels of signal technology. A built-in 66-channel GPS receiver determines your position and transmits it via a powerful 406MHz signal to orbiting …
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                                                            ACR FBRS 2883 Battery Replacement Service - PLB-350 B SARLink™
                                                              EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:PLB-350 B SARLink Includes:1101 5-Year Lithium Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification ReportACR EPIRB …
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                                                              ACR FBRS 2884 Battery Replacement Service - PLB-350 C SARLink™
                                                                EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:PLB-350 C SARLink Includes:1101 5-Year Lithium Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification ReportACR EPIRB …
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                                                                ACR FBRS 2882 Battery Replacement Service - PLB-350 AquaLink™
                                                                  EPIRB/PLB Battery Replacement ServiceFor:PLB-350 AquaLink Includes:1101 5-Year Lithium Battery, Parts, Labor, and Test Verification ReportACR EPIRB …
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                                                                  EPIRB - Safe Boating
                                                                  If you had to pick a single item from all of the optional pieces of safety equipment that one could purchase and install on a powerboat, what would it be? The only criteria are that the option has to be highly recommended by federal, state or local maritime authorities and equally as important, not be handicapped by distance limitations. Would it be a VHF radio;a radar system; maybe an EPIRB? Let's take a quick look at each of these choices and see which piece of equipment meets our parameters. ... read more If you had to pick a single item from all of the optional pieces of safety equipment that one could purchase and install on a powerboat, what would it be? The only criteria are that the option has to be highly recommended by federal, state or local maritime authorities and equally as important, not be handicapped by distance limitations. Would it be a VHF radio; a radar system; maybe an EPIRB? Let's take a quick look at each of these choices and see which piece of equipment meets our parameters.

                                                                  A VHF radio, while a mandatory piece of communication equipment on any vessel, can generally reach another VHF radio station up to 20-miles away. On a chamber of commerce, blue bird day, maybe twice that. Why such a limited range? Because, VHF radio signals work primarily on line of sight, and if the antenna can't see the other antenna, it won't be able to hear it.

                                                                  In the recreational boating sector, radar is becoming an increasingly popular safety device primarily used to help with safe navigation and collision avoidance. In varying circumstances, radar reception can typically reach 24 to 36-miles depending on the type of unit, the frequency level, how high above the surface of the water the radar antenna is mounted and precisely how level the antenna is to the distant horizon. Again, an invaluable tool, but somewhat limited.

                                                                  An EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) on the other hand, communicates directly with satellites in orbit. There are no distance limitations. EPIRB signals are detectable not only by COSPAS-SARSAT satellites, which are polar orbiting, but also by geostationary (GOES) weather satellites. EPIRB signals detected by the GEOSTAR system, consisting of GOES and other geostationary satellites, send maritime rescue authorities an instant alert that something is amiss. Other satellite systems also receive EPIRB signals but with different degrees of timeliness and information. This makes EPRIBs a MUST HAVE for anglers and boaters who venture far and wide across open seas in search of their angling thrills.

                                                                  [Editor's note] When choosing an EPIRB be sure to look for one that operates at 406 MHZ. There are still a few 121.5 MHZ EPIRBs (Category B) out there for purchase, however, the International COPSAS-SARSAT Program to phase out satellite alerting February 1, 2009. This means that if you own 121.5 MHZ EPIRB you will need to make the switch to a 406 MHZ by that date.

                                                                  Purchasing an EPIRB

                                                                  [Editor's note] When purchasing a 406 MHZ EPIRB you will run into two categories. Category I EPIRBs are designed to release either automatically or manually. The automatic release is triggered when the device is 3-10 feet under the water. As a result of this feature, Category I EPIRBS need to be mounted outside of the vessel's cabin so that it can float to the surface after it is activated. Category II EPIRBs are only equipped with a manual release. These should be stored in an area that will be easy to access in an emergency.

                                                                  [Editor's Note] iboats.com carries multiple models of EPIRBs, with prices ranging from $492.00 to $549.99 for Category I units from ACR and McMurdo without a built in GPS receiver, and $849.99 to $1105.35 for Category II units with a built in GPS receiver from the same manufacturers.

                                                                  Why do you need to register your EPIRB?

                                                                  Every EPIRB must be registered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Your registration is entered into the U.S. 406 Beacon Registration Database maintained by NOAA/NESDIS. If your EPIRB is ever activated, the unit's precise location along with the information you provided would be sent to the appropriate United States Coast Guard Search And Rescue (SAR) Coordination Center for response.

                                                                  If you've listed a phone number, the Coordination Center's watch-standers will first attempt to contact the owner/operator via phone. This is done to determine if the vessel is underway. If the vessel is at dock, then a false alarm/malfunction becomes the primary suspect.

                                                                  If the vessel is underway, the watch-standers will try to ascertain the intended route of the vessel, the number of passengers on board, and a host of other information from a family member. A rescue plan will then be established and quickly put into action.

                                                                  Safe boaters must not forget that they may face a fine for false activation of an unregistered EPIRB. The U.S. Coast Guard routinely refers cases involving unregistered EPIRBs and non-distress activations (e.g., as a hoax, through gross negligence, carelessness or improper storage and handling) to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC will prosecute cases based upon evidence provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, and will issue warning letters or notices of apparent liability for fines up to $10,000. However, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended forwarding non-distress activations of properly registered 406 MHz EPIRBs to the FCC, unless activation was due to hoax or gross negligence.

                                                                  After purchasing a new or pre-owned 406 MHz EPIRB and registering it with NOAA, if you change your boat, address, or your primary phone number, you must re-register your EPIRB with the updated information. If you sell your EPIRB, make sure the purchaser re-registers the unit, or the U.S. Coast Guard may call you if it later becomes activated.

                                                                  You can register by visiting the SARSAT Beacon Registration page at www.sarsat.noaa.gov. There is no charge for this service and it may save your life!

                                                                  So what's your next purchase?

                                                                  If you're not quite sold on the importance of an EPRIB, read your local papers or scan the headlines on the Internet. Day in and day out vessels of all sizes get caught in unexpected situations that require rescue. EPIRBs save lives. It's that simple! Boating education also saves lives, as do free Vessel Safety Checks offered by the USCG Auxiliary and other safety partners. Remember, the best safety equipment doesn't work if you don't wear it, maintain it, or know precisely how to use it!
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                                                                  EPIRB - Functions and Purpose

                                                                  How An EPIRB Can Save Your Life

                                                                  Picture this. You're out on a fishing boat miles and miles from the shore. When all of a sudden, out of no where, a storm hits. You haven't kept up ... read more on the maintenance of the boat and with all the thrashing around, your hull springs a leak. Your boat is sinking with you on it. Do you know what you would do?


                                                                  Luckily for you, one of the things you made sure that you had when you bought the boat was an EPIRB, otherwise known as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. You know they come in handy but you don't know what the true purpose of this device is.


                                                                  EPIRB boating distress signal


                                                                  An EPRIB device contains: 5 watt radio transmitter operating at 406 MHz, a 0.25 Watt radio transmitter operating at 121.5 MHz, and a GPS receiver. Once the device has been activated, the EPIRB transmits the serial number on multiple frequencies to a GOES satellite, more then 24,000 miles up in space. The EPIRB signal transmits continuously for 48 hours. A properly registered EPIRB allows the U.S. Coast Guard to quickly establish the identity of the vessel in distress and the coordinates of that vessel.


                                                                  Now there are three types of positioning beacons out there, you just have to be certain you get the correct one. EPIRBS are a used for Maritime distress signals, where as an ELT's are for aircraft's and PLB's are for personal use, like when your hiking. The EPIRB has different categories. Category I is a float free, automatically activated EPIRB, which activates once underwater. Category II is manually activated EPIRB, which has to be turned on my someone.

                                                                  So the steps of how the EPIRB works are as follows:

                                                                  1. EPIRB is activated, either manually or automatically.

                                                                  2. The signal of the distressed vessel is transmitted to a satellite system by a GPS frequency.

                                                                  3. The signal is forwarded to a Ground station terminal.

                                                                  4. Distress signal is forwarded to a Mission Control station.

                                                                  5. It is then forwarded to a Rescue Coordination Center.

                                                                  6. The distress signal coordinates are forwarded to the Local Search and Rescue.

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