Personal Locator Beacons

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 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.

Unlike EPIRBs which are registered to a specific vessel and must be re-registered if moved to a different boat, a PLB is registered to a person and so can be carried with you wherever you are - at sea, hiking, mountaineering or in any remote location or situation where you may require rescue.

PLBs are subscription-free devices, so have no cost of ownership after the initial purchase.

Personal safety in the palm of your hand!  The compact, lightweight FAST FIND 220 Personal Locator Beacon is designed to be carried with you wherever you go. Inbuilt GPS pinpoints your exact location and the battery guarantees a minimum of 24 hours operation, giving total peace of mind if you are ever in an emergency situation.

Stay safe, wherever you are! Designed to be carried, the FAST FIND MAX G PLB is a powerful personal safety device. An inbuilt GPS sends your exact location to the rescue services. Offering a minimum of 48 hours continuous operation, it gives you total peace of mind even if you are in a remote area without any other form of communication.

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How Beacons Work

EPIRBs and Personal Locator Beacons use the COSPAS SARSAT network of satellites to transmit alert information to the appropriate rescue coordination centre. This system has truly worldwide coverage ensuring that a distress signal can be received wherever you are in the world.