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What does 406 mean to you?

This 6 April, the annual 406Day campaign is celebrating a decade of raising awareness about 406 MHz beacons. The tenth 406Day highlights how mariners and adventurers can benefit from the new life-saving technology available in the latest next generation devices. The 406Day (#406Day22) message promotes the importance of EPIRBs (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon), PLBs (Personal Locator Beacon) and ELTs (Emergency Locator Transmitter).

Ocean Safety, UK Distributor for sister company Ocean Signal, and 406Day founder ACR Electronics, have joined forces for the safety awareness day at a time when significant developments in the functionality, design and features of the leading beacons ensure the units are even more effective at enhancing survival changes in an emergency at sea and in remote regions.

For instant access to rescue services via the designated 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite system, each 406 MHz beacon transmits a unique digital code that identifies the type of beacon and allows registration data to be associated with the device. The registration data provides information such as the beacon owner, the type of vessel and emergency points of contact. All beacon owners should then update their beacon registration, check their battery expiration date, and self-test their beacons to make sure they are working perfectly.

Simple advice to beacon owners to ensure their EPIRB, PLB or ELT will operate effectively in the event of an emergency is as follows;
Check the battery expiration date – Each beacon is marked with the Month and Year the battery needs to be replaced.
Update your beacon registration – Make sure your contact information is correct and your emergency contacts information is accurate to best assist Search and Rescue.
Double check your beacon registration number matches your beacon – This is especially important if you hand wrote your registration and mailed it in.
Review the Product Support Manual to make sure you fully know how to use the beacon and where to store it to prevent a false activation.
Test your beacon – 406Day is about getting beacon owners to be more comfortable with their beacon, so do a self-test and make sure it’s working perfectly.
Save a Friend – Take a picture with your EPIRB, PLB, or ELT and share it on your social media accounts using the hashtags #406Day22 and #beaconssavelives and tag some friends that you think might need one.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency published guidance for the MGN 665 (M+F) Registration of EPIRBs and 406 MHz PLBs used in the maritime environment, available here. The UK Beacon Registry has created an online portal for registration of the beacons.
More than 50,000 lives have been saved worldwide since the mid-1980s by using emergency distress 406 MHz beacon signals and the Cospas-Sarsat system.

Exhibitor; Ocean Safety

Exhibitor: MCA – The Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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