EPIRB stands for ‘Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon’. EPIRB transmissions are monitored by the international organisation COSPAS-SARSAT using a constellation of satellites. On receipt of an alert from an EPIRB, the identity of the beacon is passed to the relevant national rescue coordination centre. For more information on the system please go to Cospas Sarsat webpage.
For Australia and New Zealand the regulations require that the PLB must float. Because of the small size of the rescueME PLB1, the pouch is used to provide buoyancy and must be permanently attached when supplied in those countries. If you require to remove the pouch for land based usage, cut the black cord leaving enough length to make a loop to re-attach the pouch or to tie a separate lanyard to.
The Cospas Sarsat system uses two methods of locating a beacon. The satellite system is designed to locate your beacon using the transmission alone. The accuracy of this fix is approximately a 5 nautical mile radius, but is typically much better. The rescueME PLB1 has a built in GPS receiver which is used to encode the position in the transmission. When the GPS has a reliable fix, usually within a few minutes, the accuracy is typically within 100 metres of your actual position can be achieved.
It is recommended that you register your EPIRB1 / PLB1 with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. AMSA are the Australian government department responsible to co-ordinate all distress beacon activations in the Australian Region This is a free service provided and could provide them with valuable information should the device be activated. REGISTER THEM ONLINE HERE
Registration is FREE. Registering your beacon will speed up the rescue authorities attempt to rescue you, providing valuable information to help identify you and contact people who might aid in identification. It is very important to ensure your registration details are accurate. REGISTER THEM ONLINE HERE
The HEX ID consists of the numbers from 0 to 9 and the letters from A to F only. The character 0 is the number zero.
The Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 can be safely carried on board a passenger aircraft as either checked in or carry on luggage under section 188.8.131.52 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The lithium metal battery in the rescueME PLB1 contains less than 2g of lithium and have been tested in accordance with 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests. Precautions should be taken to prevent accidental activation if placed in checked in baggage.
Yes, the battery will be replaceable after the expiry period or after the unit has been activated. The battery is not user replaceable and must be sent to an authorised service dealer for replacement. Please contact the distributor in your country for further information.
Under normal circumstances the battery in the PLB1 should be replaced before the expiry date marked on the unit. If the unit has been activated in emergency or if the test indicator LED is flashing amber (orange) the battery must be replaced before it is used again to ensure the full 24 hours of operation in emergency. The typical lifetime of the PLB1 is greater than 24 hours, but this is under defined conditions of storage and test usage. Do not assume that just because the activation was only for a short length of time the battery will not need exchanging.
The lithium battery is designed to be use in an emergency. Unlike a rechargeable battery the amount of capacity and hence the operational life is known. The expiry date is based on the self discharge figures for the battery, taking worst case scenarios, thus ensuring the rated operational life is always achieved.
The test indication is repeated. So for a battery which has been used for less than one hour, you will see single green flash, which is repeated after a short pause. If the battery has been used for over one hour, the indicator will change to an amber (orange) colour. Over two hours and the indicator will flash amber two or more times in a close group, which will be repeated after a short pause.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recommends Global Positioning System (GPS) beacons as they have the quickest and most accurate alerts.
|Alert time||Detected within minutes||Detected within minutes|
|Time to provide location||Up to 20 minutes (assuming beacon is deployed correctly)||Acquired between 90 minutes to 5 hours|
|Precision||Within 120 metres||Within 5 kilometres|
For more information on how the beacon system works and how long it takes see how distress beacons work.
No. They are designed to be used outdoors with a clear view of the sky to be in direct view of the satellites.
Yes they will. They will work anywhere in the world. What you do have to remember is that the signal from the devices will be received quickly your rescue may take a long time. If it took you a while to get there it will also take them some time to get there.
No. The requirement for a Vessel more than 2 nautical miles of the coastline is an EPIRB which are designed to transmit a distress signal in excess of 48 hours. A PLB does not meet this requirement.
Warranty for the SPOT and inReach are handled by Pivotel direct on 1300 882 448.
Yes it does. It is monitored in the US at the IERCC (international Emergency Rescue Co-ordination Center and then relayed to AMSA in Canberra. AMSA are the government department responsible to co-ordinate all distress beacon activations in the Australian Region. They will then task State and Territory authorities to attend to the SOS activation. Up until Jan 2015 there has been 110 SOS rescue activations from these devices in Australia
If you are having problems programming your MOB1, please check the following guidance:
A SART is designed to aid the rescue authorities locate you in emergency. Although it is not a primary alerting device, like an EPIRB, it will guide the rescue craft to you by displaying a position and bearing line on the rescue craft’s radar.
Ocean Signal recommends using one of the radios from the list below with the rescueME MOB1. The following class D DSC radios have been tested in cooperation with the manufacturer and confirmed to receive the Individual Distress Relay call.
Class A DSC radios have always been able to receive this call and all models are believed to be compatible.
This list is not exhaustive and will be added to as more compatible models are confirmed.
Ocean Signal welcomes enquiries from other manufacturers wishing to have their radios listed here.