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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

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Our primary GPIRB is an ACR Global Fix mounted in our emergency stores locker. (We also carry personal PLB's but they do not include the GPS capability and only have a 24 hour transmit capacity.) What I'm looking at is a second GPIRB for our ditch bag, as a back-up to our first. I'm not too concerned about loosing track of the ditch bag were it ever needed as it sits on top of our liferaft and has a tether that is connected to the 50' rip-cord on the life-raft which is, itself, attached to a fastening in the life-raft locker. If needed both go over the side at the same time. I don't want to have to remember to stick the GPIRB or anything else in the ditch bag if we have to get out in a hurry (tho' we likely would). I prefer that the ditch bag have everything we are likely to need to begin with, just in case. As a practical matter, our cruising never takes us much more than 100 miles or so into the deep. Never-the-less, the threats of UFO's in the night that might hole the ship or an uncontrollable fire, either of which might call for a quit exit, are quite real, even near shore, so one should be prepared IMHO and we try to be.

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Gotcha, Oour cruising is similar. I do occasional crew for deliveries which does take me further though. I do have a PLB which does have GPS and life in the water of 30+ hours. Was not that expensive

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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

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"Activation: Manual switch with test facility"

It is unclear whether this EPIRB has the old-fashioned and useless "test" switch, or it actually sends a test messagfe which confirms 100% operation of the transmitter by actually sending a message through the system.
So where do the test messages go? Does the EPIRB system have a protocol for test messages?

I am learning a bunch of stuff here, thanks!

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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

I just Googled this item, on AU. E-bay it is showing for AU.$322.50 to $337-- as a buy it now item. Looks like one heck of a safety bargain.

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So where do the test messages go? Does the EPIRB system have a protocol for test messages?

I am learning a bunch of stuff here, thanks!
There are a couple elevels you can pay an annnual subscribtuion for. Basic test and Test with em ail including message and coordiates. ( and to five e mail accounts)

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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

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There are a couple levels you can pay an annual subscribtuion for. Basic test and Test with em ail including message and coordiates. ( and to five e mail accounts)

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David--

Thank you for this link. I was not aware there was such a service which I think is/will be very worth while.

Also, it is wise to check the date of one's batteries and one's Beacon Registrations to ensure all are up-to-date. I just did so and, to my chagrin, realized the registration of my PLB 100, used on our dinghy and 12' sailing dinghy was out of date (now corrected!).

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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

HyLyte-
If your mail is being delivered correctly, the beacon folks are very good about sending you new decals every year, need 'em or not. I expect they must be very diligent about purging outdated contacts, because they're spending a lot of money on "free" annual updates for something that just doesn't seem to demand being done annually otherwise.
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Thank you for this link. I was not aware there was such a service which I think is/will be very worth while.

Also, it is wise to check the date of one's batteries and one's Beacon Registrations to ensure all are up-to-date. I just did so and, to my chagrin, realized the registration of my PLB 100, used on our dinghy and 12' sailing dinghy was out of date (now corrected!).

FWIW...
Good you caught up

Funny I am anal about registration dates warrenty dates.

I have a "tickler" file on my computer which is basically a spreadsheet with warrenty registration dates of everything I have/ buy includes cars, boats Epirbs, Norton etc

I populate it when I buy something new with a renewable date. I try and look at the file every month to see whats comming as there is no wat I could ever remeber to keep this straight in my mind...especially as I age.
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

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If your mail is being delivered correctly, the beacon folks are very good about sending you new decals every year, need 'em or not. I expect they must be very diligent about purging outdated contacts, because they're spending a lot of money on "free" annual updates for something that just doesn't seem to demand being done annually otherwise.
Gee. I must be on the Agency's shoot list. I cannot recall ever getting any kind of up-date via mail (although I do get notices from the CG about our documentation every year). Usually I renew all our registrations via the Agency's web-site every January as a matter of course but overlooked the registration of our PLB 100 this year.
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

I sent off a note to KTI regarding their distribution in the US (I should have asked about Canada, sorry). Here is their reply:


Thank you for your enquiry regarding our EPIRB products. We do not currently have a distributor in USA.

Our model SA1 and SA1G EPIRBs have been approved by COSPAS-SARSAT for use both in and out of water and meet all requirements for leisure craft in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to COSPAS-SARSAT approval, some countries require additional certifications before these products can be sold within their jurisdiction. These often incur significant costs. At this time we have not pursued certifications specific to USA.

However, we can sell and ship individual product direct from our factory in Australia, pre-programmed with USA country code. We can also encode your vessel MMSI into the beacon prior despatch.

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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

I'm not sure I'd rely on an EPIRB not FCC approved with no US support.
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