A very nice idea if you own a NEWISH EPIRB
. As far as I know, the older 406 EPRIBs do not send a "test" message at all, the "test" function doesn't actually transmit, or if it does, it doesn't provide for a specific text string, and there's no way to modify what it does or says in the field.
Also no way to send regular bursts, like a SPOT would.
And I'd also be reluctant to burn $150 worth of EPRIB batteries
sending "ET phone
home" messages, when the main battery
is so expensive and hard to obtain. Heck, for the cost of a spare battery
I could buy the SPOT with service!
But since my ACR is not listed as able to work
with this program...I'll just assume it can't. One less thing to worry about.<G>