Originally Posted by MV
I don't understand: Australia is a member of the ITU and they are a signatory and member nation to Cospas-SARSAT treaty/agreement. So, it would seem technically they will be illegal in Australia after 090209. Or maybe licensing the older EPIRB would be illegal, Anyways, all that is splitting hairs -- since Australia's Maritime Safety
Authority is clear that no one is gonna be listening in a few weeks.
Australian 406 MHz Distress Beacon Information
Let us split some more hairs:
Part of the problem with old 121.5 beacons is that plenty of people will be listening - 121.5MHz remains a valid air band distress
frequeny (for voice or beacon). Should ANY beacon be activated, any nearby (say 100 nm) overflying aircraft listening on 121.5 will receive the signal. They will report it to ATC who will pass it on to the national RCC. If there is no associated concurrent 406 transmission
, the RCC is left making a tough decision of whether to instigate a search or not.
The only thing being turned off at midnight GMT 31 Jan 2009 is the 121.5 satellite
The actual use of spectrum and transmitting devices are governed by the laws of each nation rather than the ITU.
I am assuming that it is the owernship and/or use of an old 121.5 beacon is what will become illegal in the USA rather than use of the 121.5 frequency as an air band distress