GPS locator beacons


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Lucky
March 27, 2009, 10:50 AM
Anyone have knowledge to advise on these?

There's basically one shop to get them from in my city, this is there selection, and it correlates to what I'm willing to spend too ($+-5or600):

http://search.mec.ca/?Ntt=beacon&N=10
http://images.mec.ca/media/Images/Products/Instruments/5015988s_v1_m56577569830760702.jpg

http://images.mec.ca/media/Images/Products/Instruments/5015987s_v1_m56577569830718601.jpg

Are there better units available on the internet? I looked at those 2 cheaper RF units, find me and spot or somethin, and they both seem completely unsatisfactory. One of them only sends out a radio signal which a passing airplane would hear if they're already looking for you. The other uses a dilapidating Globalstar satellite system which has big holes across North America, and people tested them for weeks without ever having an 'I'm ok' message successfully transmitted. So unless you've got a success story involving one of them, please don't bother to bring them up. Like the $150 price, but they don't work, based on reports.

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Hungry Seagull
March 27, 2009, 02:15 PM
Get a up to date beacon.

It has been many years since I enjoyed Qualcomm which for us was a locator in time of trouble.

If I was to return to the ocean or resume flying lessons I would want a up to date beacon that is 100% on the job for the area I expect to operate in. It will cost money yes.

But it's cheap when you are down, capsized or otherwise in trouble and need immediate notifcation for SAR to get to you.

jbkebert
March 27, 2009, 02:35 PM
http://findmespot.com/en/

check this one out as well. They are much cheaper than thr ACR unit and a little more function to them.

Guns and more
March 27, 2009, 02:49 PM
Do a Google search for E.P.I.R.B. I found many.
Epirb is an acronym for Emergency Position Indicating Beacon. (the common name)

Lucky
March 27, 2009, 03:21 PM
Get a up to date beacon.
But the airsoft versions are 1/5 the price!.... :)


That EPIRB search confirmed that you want a unit with both 406 and 121.5mhz frequencies.

jbkebert I looked at those first, every single review of them was utterly negative. Completely non-functional piece of equipment, one reviewer went two weeks using it constantly, not one message was transmitted or received. If one review in 10 reported a failure it should give pause, but 100%... dangerous to link to that page in case people buy them.

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