Beacon awareness day aims to save lives

406Day 406Day will take place on 4 June and offer advice about the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon

ACR Electronics and Ocean Signal are launching a beacon awareness day to remind boaters about the importance of life-saving 406 MHz technology.

406Day will take place on 4 June and offer advice about the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon such as a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) or EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).

James Hewitt, sales and marketing manager at Ocean Signal, stressed that “it is vital that these essential safety devices are properly registered and maintained so that the beacons can be relied upon to function correctly when activated. 406 MHz signals save lives, but it is a technology that requires responsibility.”

Promoting testing

ACR Electronics and Ocean Signal are advising boaters to register and update their 406 MHz beacon registration, check battery expiration dates and test their beacon.

EPIRBs and PLBs operate on the 406 MHz frequency. Each 406 MHz beacon transmits a unique digital code that identifies the type of beacon and allows registration data to be associated with the beacon. The registration data provides information such as the beacon owner, the type of vessel and emergency points of contact.

Celebrated on 6 April as a national awareness day in the US since 2013, 406Day18 has been hugely successful in shining a spotlight on beacons for the last five years and is now officially recognised as a state-wide day in ACR Electronics’ home state of Florida.

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