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Thursday, April 4, 2019 

Safety specialists ACR Electronics, ARTEX and Ocean Signal once again are raising 406 MHz beacon awareness on the seventh annual 406Day on Saturday, April 6th 2019.

Every year, beacon manufacturers team up with supporters and safety partners, including those in the maritime industries, to highlight the benefits and responsibilities of an EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon), PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) or ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter).

The awareness day encourages users to update beacon registration, check battery expiration date, and self-test beacons to make sure they are working correctly. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the 43,000+ lives saved worldwide since the mid-1980s by using emergency distress 406 MHz beacon signals and the Cospas-Sarsat system.

Mikele D’Arcangelo, VP of Global Marketing and Product Management, ACR, said: “406Day is about getting beacon owners more comfortable with their emergency 406 MHz device by testing their beacon, making sure they know how to use it, checking the battery expiration date and updating their registration information.”

EPIRBs operate on the 406 MHz frequency. Each transmits a unique digital code that identifies the type of beacon and allows registration data to be associated with the device. The registration data provides information such as the beacon owner, the type of vessel and emergency points of contact.

ACR Electronics offers the following simple advice to ensure an EPIRB, PLB or ELT will operate effectively in the event of an emergency.

  • Check the battery expiration date – Each beacon is marked with the Month and Year the battery needs to be replaced.
  • Update beacon registration – Make sure the contact information is correct and emergency contact details are accurate, in order to assist Search and Rescue Services if the beacon is activated.
  • Double check the registration number matches the beacon – transcription errors are common, so always confirm the numbers match.
  • Test beacons – 406Day is about getting beacon owners to be more comfortable, so do a self-test and make sure the equipment is working perfectly.

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