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ACR Electronics, Inc.

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The product below is very nice, but there are now lower cost options.  I don't currently stock them, but you can see details here:
http://www.fastfindplb.com/en/index.php

Overview
ELTs are a great way to increase safety.  Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) are used to help rescue crews find downed aircraft - increasing the likelihood of survival for aircraft occupants - especially in remote areas.

Terminology
The original ELTs introduced in 1973 were manufactured to the specifications of FAA TSO-C91. In 1985, TSO-C91A was introduced to provide improved performance and reliability. Today, C91 units are no longer allowed in new installations. These first and second-generation units broadcast an analog signal on 121.5 and 243.0 MHz.  The latest technology utilizes a frequency of 406 MHz.  In November of 2000 the International Corpas-Sarsat Program announced that it plans to cease the processing of distress signals from 121.5 and 243 MHz beacons on February 1st, 2009.  For details see the
121phaseout.pdf document.  Unfortunately, 406 ELTs are quite a bit more expensive than 121.5 ELTs.  The FAA has not announced any plans to obsolete 121.5 MHz ELTs.


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MicroFix MicroFix 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon (ELT)
  • Smallest, lightest, most function-rich PLB alerts Search and Rescue to your precise location in an emergency.
  • Transmits on 406 MHz (COSPAS-SARSAT) with your registered, unique, digitally-coded distress signal, and 121.5 MHz (SAR homing frequency).
  • Exclusive built-in GPS technology is finely tuned for optimum performance.
  • 100 meter position accuracy when GPS coordinates are present.
  • Easy to activate by novice user, simply deploy antenna to reveal ON/OFF activation button, hold for 1 second.
  • PLB has circuitry, battery power/voltage and GPS acquisition test features built in.
  • Exceeds required 24 hour operating life at -20C (-4F), typical operating life: 40 hours @ -20C (-4F), 8 hours @ -40C (-40F).
  • 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.
  • ACR beacons are used by the U.S. military, U.S. Coast Guard, NATO and Arctic explorers.
  • 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.
  • 5-year limited warranty.
  • 5-year replacement life lithium battery.

Specifications

Size: 1.25 x 5.81 x 2.31 in (3.71 x 14.75 x 5.8 cm)
Weight: 10 oz. (285g)
Material: High impact engineered plastic
Color: Hi-Viz Yellow
Operation: Deploy antenna, Press ON/OFF button for 1 second
Waterproof: 33 ft (10 m)
Certification: COSPAS-SARSAT, FCC 
Limited Warranty: 5 years
Battery Type: Lithium - 5-year replacement life (NON-HAZMAT)
Modulation: AM
Radiated Power: 5 watts +2dB (406 MHz) 50 mW +3dB (121.5)
Operating Life: +24 hours @ -20C (-4F)
Typical Operating  Life:

40 hours @ -20C (-4F)
8 hours @  -40C (-40F)

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$649 1 week

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Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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