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MC1 - Great info and a very well written perspective. Thanks!
Additionally, I just found this statement on the USCG's website: "The International Cospas-Sarsat System ceased satellite processing of 121.5/243 MHz beacons on 1 February 2009. Although Emergency Locator Transmitters used by aircraft may still be used, alerts from these devices or from 121.5/243 MHz EPIRBs will no longer be acted upon unless detected by an overflying aircraft."
One only needs to read Steve Callahan's book titled Adrift to know the frustrations (battery life, serendipitous timing, etc.) of waiting for an overflying aircraft to notice an EPIRB signal.
The above was basically already stated by MC1, but I thought the USCG's official wording would also be helpful. Looks like a class b EPIRB, even if totally free, probably isn't worth the space it would take up on the vessel.
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Last edited by kwaltersmi; 01-06-2010 at 12:50 PM.
Reason: additional info found