A Safe Boating necessity
Did you know that less than 10% of recreational ocean going vessels in the United States are not fitted with a 406 MHz emergency distress beacon? Here is why an EPIRB should be part of your boating safety kit.
An EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating radio Beacon, is a distress beacon used by boaters worldwide to alert Search and Rescue (SAR) forces like the Coast Guard that you have an emergency onboard your vessel. EPIRBs transmit a 406 MHz distress signal that contains a unique 15 digit identification number to the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System (which is a government run system so there are no subscription fees). Search and Rescue forces then pull up your beacon registration (mandatory of all beacon owners) which tells them who the beacon belongs to as well as provides additional emergency contact information.
EPIRBs provide Search and Rescue forces with your GPS location coordinates, or by triangulation from the low earth orbiting satellites. This positional data is provided to the Rescue Coordination Center closest to your location. They in turn embark on your rescue mission and use the beacons 121.5 MHz homing signal to ultimately pin-point your location and bring you home safely.
Selecting an EPIRB
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- 406 MHz Distress Signal Alerts Search and Rescue of your Emergency Situation.
- GPS Location narrows your location down to the size of a football field.
- 121.5 MHz Homing Signal directs Search and Rescue personnel directly to your location
- No Subscription Fees - PERIOD!