Emergency Locator Beacons

Emergency Locator Beacons are must for anyone heading into the outdoors,  so no matter if you are hunting, fishing, kayaking or just plain tramping a Beacon is a must.


What to look for when buying or hiring a beacon

406 MHz distress beacons are highly sophisticated pieces of electronic engineering designed to save lives.  

Understanding how t...

Emergency Locator Beacons are must for anyone heading into the outdoors,  so no matter if you are hunting, fishing, kayaking or just plain tramping a Beacon is a must.


What to look for when buying or hiring a beacon

406 MHz distress beacons are highly sophisticated pieces of electronic engineering designed to save lives.  

Understanding how they and the global safety system works is not only interesting but might also assist in determining what sort of devices would best suit your particular outdoor activity.  

All beacon owners and potential owners should familiarise themselves with regulations and recommendations regarding the carrying of ELTs, EPIRBs or PLBs relevant to their particular outdoor activity and the steps required to ensure the beacon is registered with the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand.

PLBs are typically cheaper and smaller and from an electronic perspective are exactly the same as an EPIRB.  Both transmit the same burst of half second data at exactly the same power output at exactly the same time intervals, both transmit a constant 0.25 watt homing signal and both are required to be waterproof.  But that is where the similarity ends. 

It is important to understand the differences between an EPIRB and a PLB, these are:

  • EPIRB standards require all EPIRBs to float the right way up when in the water and that they have an operating battery life of at least 48 hours. 
  • PLB standards have no requirement to float the right way up when in the water and only require an operating battery life of at least 24 hours. 

Before purchasing or hiring a beacon it is important to consider a number of factors

  • the purpose for which the beacon is being purchased or hired
  • regulations concerning the type of beacon to be carried
  • the technical capability of the beacon to not only alert but also locate 
  • the method of deployment and activation

Why you should not buy a distress beacon from overseas?

It is important to understand why you should not give in to temptation and purchase your distress beacon overseas at a considerable discount  to the price from a local retailer. 

  • A 406 MHz distress beacon purchased from an overseas supplier may not comply with New Zealand and Pacific standards.  
  • A beacon purchased from an overseas supplier is unlikely to have a New Zealand or Pacific Hex ID or UIN code.  This is a problem because, unless the beacon is re-coded, it cannot be registered with RCCNZ.

At RedMoose we will assist you in registering your Beacon with the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Center so if you beacon is activated they will know a bit more about who they are looking for.

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