As a side note to this discussion, but a VERY important issue regarding EPIRB's, I hope everyone reading this thread understands 3 things:
1- How the COSPAS-SARSAT EPIRB system works.
2- How your EPIRB (or PLB) actually works.
3- How to use it properly / how to improve your rescue
I will not drift this discussion off track, but I do hope that everyone reading this thread will also click on these links and read the other threads....where proper registration, proper use, and actual real-world SAR (Search And Rescue) procedures are explained.
EPIRB Activation? What happens/How to improve rescue odds
EPIRB's are NOT dead! / EPIRB Activation? What happens/How to improve rescue odds!!
Bottom line here:
-- Be sure to properly register your EPIRB.
-- Understand that a secondary source of direct contact with RCC's (and other vessels), such as MF/HF-DSC Radio
or INMARSAT-C, is always important, and in some remote
areas (and in all 3rd World areas) it can be 100% vital.
-- Understand that setting off an EPIRB is not like dialing 911 or 999 on a mobile phone
I do hope you all read the above threads, AND click on and read the links provided there, especially those to Beth Leonard's articles and to COSPAS-SARSAT itself!