McMurdo Fast Find 220 - The World's first Galileo-enabled PLB
A Personal Location Beacon (PLB) is a personal safety device designed to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency, on land or sea. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). As the satellites are in a polar orbit they offer true global coverage – with a PLB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, no matter how remote.
A PLB uses an internal GPS/GNSS receiver to pinpoint your location to within 62m. Once in the area, rescue services are then able to pinpoint your precise location using the inbuilt 121.5Mhz homing transmitter.
The Fast Find is designed as a direct communication, to the 406 MHz Search and Rescue satellite system, its signal indicates that you are in need of urgent response and assistance Transmits two signals simultaneously, one to the subscription free global 406 MHz satellite system, and the other (121.5MHz) is to speed up the local recovery response process. Once activated, FAST FIND's signals will continue to transmit for at least 24 hours, at a powerful 5 watt output; the 406 MHz transmission ensures that a call for help gets through whatever the conditions.
The pocket sized beacon transmits at the press of a button
A built in strobe can be activated to automatically flash SOS to any response activity
The unit is waterproof to 10m for up to 5 minutes
Buoyant when in the provided neoprene pouch
FAST FIND 220 will operate in temperatures down to -20°c and its integral battery has a user storage life of 6 years, so there’s no need for constant battery changes and re-charging.
Please make sure you register your beacon and information (instructions included) before using the device (critical to your safety and to successful search and rescue should you need it) and check the battery before starting your trip.