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ACR Electronics. The Science of Survival - Spotlights - Boat Lights
Since its founding in 1956, ACR Electronics, Inc. has been determined to provide the best electronic life support and signaling equipment modern technology could devise.
This commitment to quality has catapulted the young company into the forefront of the safety and survival industry. ACR rapidly became established as a leading supplier to the search and rescue communities, both commercial and government.
Personal Locator Beacon
Float Free 406 Memory Capsule
Contact ACR Electronics
By Phone: Main 1.800.4320.ACR or 954.981.3333
Our mailing address is:
ACR Electronics, Inc.
5757 Ravenswood Road
Purchasing an EPIRB or GPIRB is money well spent. These devices ensure assistance if an emergency ever arises on the water. For more information on the various types and classes of these safety communication systems, see A Boaters Guide To EPIRBs.
Although EPIRBs are considered highly reliable, to further ensure their reliability they need to be tested per the manufacturer’s instructions on a regular basis. The battery date should be checked and replaced if it’s out of date.
The operating instructions must be read and thoroughly understood, you won’t have time to read the operating manual in an emergency.
In addition, the registration forms for 406 MHz EPIRBs must be completed and filed to bring full performance to the system. To give yourself additional peace of mind, the actual signal output of the EPIRB should be tested, especially before beginning a cruise or race.
406MHz and 121.5MHz, Category I and II EPIRBs contain micro processors that self-test all the operational functions of the units under test conditions. The transmitter sets off a test signal which in turn sets off the strobe light, broadcasting a live test transmission. If all the systems check out, the unit will give you a beep or flash. If any of the components fail, the strobe light, the transmission or the broadcast, you’ll not receive the confirming beep or flash.
121.5MHz and 243MHz, Class A and B EPIRBs have only an LED light that flashes when the unit is turned on, but this LED does not confirm that the unit is transmitting a signal.
The only way to be sure requires testing the beacon during operation. The time to legally test these EPIRBs is restricted to the first five minutes of each hour and only for one operational transmission second.
To confirm the transmission, you can place your unit close to an AM/FM radio tuned to the FM station 99.5, turn the unit on and listen for the warble through the radio’s speakers. If the EPIRB is operating properly, the FM radio will receive the signal. If you don’t hear the sound from the FM radio, the EPIRB is not working.
If your EPIRB fails the transmit test, check the battery, if the battery is still good, you’ll need to send your unit back to the manufacturer for inspection and repair.
The original EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) could send a distress message long distances to aircraft, ships and land stations. Smaller, lighter, faster and more accurate. In the fast-moving world of marine safety electronics, those admirable goals are often confused with a product that is simply “new.” In the case of the Pains Wessex GPIRB, however, the vision is a reality.
But it couldn’t tell the receivers who was in trouble or exactly where they were, leaving a large area to be searched for an unknown boat, ship or plane.
The first models of GPIRBs, were rather clumsy contraptions that simply interfaced an existing GPS to an existing 406 EPIRP. A cable between the two fed data to the EPIRB. In this later case, the EPIRB would send only the last known position even if the liferaft rapidly drifted away. When an emergency occurred, the user had to either take the GPS and EPIRB as a pair or disconnect the EPIRB to throw it in the liferaft.
With the advent of the 406 EPIRBs came the ability to transmit a coded signal registered to a single user. The new frequency could also be received by satellites capable of storing the signal and re-transmitting the distress call to a land station at a later time, a huge improvement in remote waters. About the same time that 406 EPIRB technology was being refined, the GPS was revolutionizing navigation and mapping around the globe.
As GPS receivers became smaller and smaller, less expensive, it was logical that the two instruments could be combined to put the last piece of the puzzle in place. With a GPS inserting the precise location of the distress call into the coded signal, search and rescue personnel would know the who, what and where.
Older 406 models, and many current brands on the market, still operate on the previous frequency of 406.025 MHz. Lastly, they beefed up the 121.5 MHz homing signal up to a full 50 mW where many competitors still operate at half this amount of power. Its battery gives it a transmit time of 60 hours at normal temperatures and it has fault indicators on both the 406 and 121.5 MHz transmitters.
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) New AquaLink PLB 2882
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) AquaFix GPS I 2797.2
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) AquaFix GPS I/O 2797.4NH
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) ResQFix 2897
EPIRB New ResQMate (Australia) 2878.64
EPIRB New ResQMate (New Zealand) 2878.65
EPIRB New GlobalFix PRO Cat I 2842
EPIRB New GlobalFix iPro 406 MHz GPS EPIRB, Cat I 2846.0
EPIRB New GlobalFix PRO Cat II 2844
EPIRB New GlobalFix iPro 406 MHz GPS EPIRB, Cat II 2848.0
EPIRB GlobalFix Category I 2742NH
EPIRB Satellite2 406 Category II 2775.5NH
EPIRB Satellite2 406 Category I 2774NH
EPIRB RapidFix Category II 2777.5
EPIRB GlobalFix Category II 2744NH
EPIRB RapidFix Category I 2776
EPIRB Accessories LowPro2 EPIRB Bracket 9430
EPIRB Accessories Sea Shelter2 EPIRB Bracket for GlobalFix and Satellite 406 9435
EPIRB Accessories Sea Shelter 2 EPIRB Bracket for RapidFix and Satellite2 9455
EPIRB Accessories HydroFix 9490
AIS Nauticast Inland AIS 2662
AIS Nauticast 2 AIS 2609
AIS Nauticast B AIS 2680
AIS Nauticast UAIS 2607
Searchlight RCL-50 1939.3
Searchlight RCL-100 24V 1931.3
Searchlight RCL-100 12V 1930.3
Searchlight RCL-75 1946
Searchlight RCL-300 1933
Searchlight RCL-600 1941
Searchlight URC-102 9283.3
Survival Product RapidDitch Express Bag 2273
Survival Product WW-3 Rescue Whistle 2228
Survival Product RapidDitch Bag 2272
Survival Product Hot Shot Signal Mirror 1700
Survival Product RMK-1 Retro-Reflective Tape 2215
Firefly Lights Firefly2B® Doublefly 3999.1
Firefly Lights Firefly3B® 3995.3
Firefly Lights Firefly3B® Waterbug 3996.3
Firefly Lights FireflyB® Plus 1916
Personal Strobe/Incandescent Lights HemiLight (Manual) 3765
Personal Strobe/Incandescent Lights HemiLight (Auto) 3766.1
Personal Strobe/Incandescent Lights RapidFire Strobe 3961.1
Personal Strobe/Incandescent Lights L8-4 3730
Personal Strobe/Incandescent Lights C-Strobe with C-Clip 3959
Personal Strobe/Incandescent Lights C-Light with C-Clip 3355
Direction Finder Vecta 3 2869
Crew Over Board Mini B 300 ILS H20N 2767
Crew Over Board SM-2 3940.1
Crew Over Board ARX-50 2850
Crew Over Board Mini B 300 ILS 2766.6
VHF Survival Radio Charger XLT 2713
VHF Survival Radio MaxCap Rechargeable Battery 1067
VHF Survival Radio Multi-Channel Survival VHF Radio 2727
VHF Survival Radio 16/6 Survival VHF RADIO 2726A
VHF Survival Radio Lithium Survival Battery 1066
VHF Survival Radio MaxCap Charger 2711
Ship Security Alert System Thunderbird SSAS 2800
Search and Rescue Transponder Pathfinder 3 SART 2714
Float Free Memory Capsule Float Free 406 Memory Capsule S-VDR 2515.4