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Old 13-11-2007, 20:48   #1
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Well, we are closing in on the time that we finish and get the boat in the water, so it is time for some major expenditures. One major item to purchase is a liferaft and the other is the EPIRB.
This has probably been covered many times, but my question is this:
They still sell the 121.5 epirb and are of course selling 406 epirbs. I don't want to buy the 121.5 type as that is being phased out as I understand it. Is there a preferred brand of epirb or have there been any problems with any particular brand/model?
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Old 14-11-2007, 01:14   #2
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...There is a dramatic story of a failed epirb contained within these four cyber walls . I wish I could tell you the link but I cant find it. Somebody help ? One of the serious considerations that I have been contemplating for the fitout of my new boat is not so much what but how many. The reason is simple, If you have to bail out you need to make sure that the life raft has an active epirb in it. If you have a float free type that is attached to your boat and it (may it never happen to you) deploy then it could end up many miles from where you actually are. Yes you will have two signals being sent which means the authorities have a choice between the two, but I think you will find that they will work it out (drift/windage) very quickly. If you are in the same situation as here in the land of OZ 406s have to be registered stating the vessels type name etc. This means that if two are activated they will know that it is the same vessel and not a multiple emergency. (another good reason for 406 apart from the fact that it is detected much more quickley)
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121.5/243 MHZ EPIRBs Discontinued
”The Coast Guard reminds all boaters that beginning January 1, 2007, both 121.5 and 243 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are prohibited from use in both commercial and recreational watercraft. Boaters wishing to have an emergency rescue beacon aboard their vessel must have a digital 406 MHz model.
The January 1, 2007, date to stop using 121.5 MHz EPIRBs is in preparation for February 1, 2009, when satellite processing of distress signals from all 121.5/243 MHz beacons will terminate. Following this termination date, only the 406 MHz beacons will be detected by the International Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System which provides distress alert and location data for search and rescue operations around the world.
The regulation applies to all Class A, B, and S 121.5/243 MHz EPIRBs. It does not affect 121.5/243 MHz man overboard devices which are designed to work directly with a base alerting unit only and not with the satellite system...”

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Old 14-11-2007, 08:57   #5
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Thanks everyone for their input. I will now wade through the information given here. I had not realized that the 121mhz epirbs were already prohibited. I knew that monitoring of them would discontinue in 2009. It is interesting to note the number of us sellers that are still selling the 121 mhz epirbs.
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