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changes in EPIRB frequency


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Rods post in lounge copied here...........

Changes in EPIRB Frequency

by Flying Fortress on Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:05 pm

This is really for the Offshore inclined.

For Full details go to http://www.mcga.gov.uk and to the press release section.

In a nutshell.

From Feb nest year only 406Mhz and not 121.5/243 Mhz emergency beacons will be processed by the satelite SAR system COSPAS-SARSAT.

This effects all EPIRBS aviation ELTs and all PLBs operating on 121.5/243Mhz bands.

I kept this in mostly gargonese as it will only effect those that have these systems and hopefully they will understand the implications of this.

We use PLBs on 121.5Mhz but they are designed to be used as a localiser as opposed to a primary alert of distress and they will still function inthis role.

I am sure the RYA are on top of this but I will bring it to their attention anyway when I next meet with the head of the East Anglian branch next month.

Rod

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