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ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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    ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon

    The ACR Electronics ResQLink GPS Personal Locator Beacon relays your exact position to a global network of Search and Rescue satellites to summon help when you have an emergency in a remote location. See details

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    The ACR Electronics ResQLink GPS Personal Locator Beacon relays your exact position to a global network of Search and Rescue satellites to summon help when you have an emergency in a remote location.

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    The ACR Electronics ResQLink GPS Personal Locator Beacon relays your exact position to a global network of Search and Rescue satellites to summon help when you have an emergency in a remote location.

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    The ACR Electronics ResQLink GPS Personal Locator Beacon relays your exact position to a global network of Search and Rescue satellites to summon help when you have an emergency in a remote location.

    • 406 MHz satellite signal and 121.5 MHz local homing signal help reduce search times and maximize your chances of survival
    • 66-channel GPS fixes your location to within 100m; a satellite signal alerts Search and Rescue personnel while the local homing signal guides rescuers to your exact location
    • Unique registered distress signal tells rescuers where and who you are
    • Super bright LED strobe light helps rescuers get a visual fix and find you quickly
    • Self-test the circuitry, battery power and transmission for peace of mind, knowing your beacon will work when you need it
    • GPS acquisition test mode allows you to test GPS functionality up to 12 times over the life of the battery
    • Once activated, the ACR Electronics ResQLink GPS Personal Locator Beacon transmits for up to 30 hrs. in typical conditions
    • Compact design is carried easily in a pack or pocket and is waterproof down to 16 ft. for up to an hour and 33 ft. for up to 10 min.

    This Personal Locator Beacon should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger, and only as a last resort when all means of self-rescue have been exhausted.

    COSPAS-SARSAT is an international satellite system that provides distress alert and location data to assist Search and Rescue operations. It detects and locates the signals of beacons operating on 406 Megahertz (MHz). The position of the distress and other related information is forwarded to the appropriate Search and Rescue point of contact through the COSPAS-SARSAT mission control center network. The goal of the system is to support all organizations in the world with responsibility for SAR operations, whether at sea, in the air or on land. The COSPAS-SARSAT system provides distress alert and location data to rescue coordination centers for 406 MHz beacons activated anywhere in the world.

    This personal locator beacon has been pre-programmed with the US country code. If your country of residence is outside the Unites States, you will need to have the beacon reprogrammed by a local dealer or service center, which may involve additional cost.

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    ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon Specs
    Specification
    Description
    Best use
    Backpacking
    Onboard GPS/Yes
    Manual
    100 meters
    16 feet
    Yes
    Lithium (5 year replacement life)
    Polycarbonate blend
    3.9 x 1.9 x 1.3 inches
    4.6 ounces
    FCC; COSPAS-SARSAT, Canada, RTTE
    GPS/Satellite detectable
    Activation
    Location accuracy
    Water-resistant depth
    Waterproof
    Batteries
    Material(s)
    Dimensions
    Weight
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    ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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    ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon is rated 3.7143 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ResQLink 406: portable and lightweight The ResQLink 406 is smaller and lighter than older models, making it very portable. I now carry it in my pocket or hipbelt when hiking. I also carry it in my aircraft as a backup portable emergency beacon. It has been reviewed by Aviation Consumer as the best choice for a PLB when paired with the flotation case (the unit will not float on its own).
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hope it Works if Needed I agree with the review by "Whiteout" below. The unit itself appears well made and is a convenient size and weight. I purchased the $20 ACR Flotation Case (not available from REI) to provide protection and buoyancy for the unit. The purchase comes with two free days of membership to 406Link so that self-test messages can be sent from the PLB to the satellites with email to you to confirm operation. I tried two self-tests with clear sky view and neither was received by the satellites. I contacted tech support at 406Link but they never responded in any way. I would definitely not recommend a paid subscription to 406Link as it appears to be a useless service. I purchased the PLB at this time because of the $50 cash rebate from ACR. From other's experiences with ACR I'm expecting possible problems in actually receiving my rebate. I suggest you send your rebate materials with delivery confirmation and keep a copy. Should I ever need to actually use the PLB, hopefully it will function as required.
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peace of mind at just 4.6oz I chose the ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon over the spot or in-reach unit becuase this is a emergency device and in case of an emergency I wanted the best chance of my emergency signal reaching the appropriate authorities. This unit costs more upfront but long term its much cheaper to own than either spot or delorme in-reach. It has a sealed battery that is guaranteed to last 5 years (if you use the 406link service it will reduce battery life). This beacon is much more powerful than spot or in-reach in terms of SOS transmission power at 5 watts (spot is only 0.4 watts and in-reach 1.4 watts). Basically my decision came down to what I needed most, I wanted the best chance of being rescued in case of a true emergency. The spot and in-reach units are probably OK too, but the reviews and experiences of others with poor customer support and costly yearly subscriptions combined with transmissions that only seem to work in the best of conditions made the resqlink and easy choice. When I purchased the resqlink there was a ACR promo for free gear and free 1 yr membership to 406link.com. This service allows you to "test" the device on the trail and you can set up to 5 people to send a custom text message to. This was perfect for me as I just need to let my family know I am OK. You set up the message before you leave on the trail, you can't change it unless you get to a computer and login to your account so keep it generic. This does decrease battery life so its recommended to use this service sparringly. you can send 220 text only alerts or 12 text plus gps coordinate messages before the battery needs to be replaced. Again, this is NOT what this unit was designed for, if the texting and gps tracking is more important then look at spot or in-reach. Originally I wasn't to keen on buying this or any such device, family pressure was the main driving force in getting this unit but in hindsight I am really glad I got it. I tested the device a couple times and each time all recipients on my list received the "I'm OK" message I set up. Overall I am pleased with the device, the quality, small size, the 406link service, and the customer support (I called once to ask questions about the device) have met or exceeded expectations. The only difference between this and the more expensive resqlink+ is the plus floats.
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ResQLink 406 PLB It was time to get an SOS device. I wanted something for hiking/packpacking. I did extensive research and settled on this -- a no frills, powerful, small and lightweight device. I was concerned reading other reviews about self tests and the 406link service, but my unit performed the tests flawlessly and I received an e-mail confirming the unit worked from 406link in less than a minute after signing up for the free 2 day test service. I did have to go to youtube to figure out how to unhook the antenna...so I wouldn't say I'm any kind of gearhead. I downloaded the full product manual on the ACR website and found it clear, with links to the NOAA and 406link websites. I activated my unit in the following order: 1) registered it with NOAA, 2) signed up for the 2 day free trial with 406link -- 3) self tested unit (pushing "T" button 1 second), 4) self tested GPS (pushing "T" button 5+ seconds). I live in a mountainous area, where I do most of my hiking/packpacking and I feel confident that this unit will perform if I need it.
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for Sense of Security I like having this with me when I'm out of cell range. This small package that only weighs about 1/4 lb is just what I need for my many adventures. I looked into the various "texting" units, and after doing some research found that these type of devices are much better for emergency situations. I'm so glad I bought this particular unit as it's smaller than others so I'm much more likely to take it with me. Registering on the government site is relatively easy and then you are good to go until the 5 year battery has to be replaced... nothing to deal with, just put it in your pack. It's nice to know that if you ever got into a life threatening situation, you have an option :-)
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from messaging not reliable My comments apply ONLY to the 406Link (& Plus) features of this product. I expect--thankfully with no experience--it performs up to its reputation as a rescue beacon. I just came back from 4 days in Desolation Wilderness--wide open with plenty of sky. I sent 2 "I'm OK" test messages, and one with GPS coordinates. All messages were "good" thru satellite tests, per the flashing lights, but none generated an email to my wife. This has happened before. Last time was Jan when I upgraded to 406Plus so as to send the GPS Coordinates in the email. Failed. A call revealed that, though I'd purchased the Plus upgrade, my basic account had expired. No email warning received, & the web site is...opaque. The tech helpfully extended my basic plan through July with the Plus payment. Enough for backcountry ski season. This time, he explained last week's messaging failures could be attributed to data corruption under less than clear sky. "It only takes one bad digit out of the 15." So, contact with the satellite was made (per lights) but info not good enough to ID me and send an email? Don't generally see more sky than in Desolation Wilderness. Then yesterday I got an email saying my basic account had expired. My client login page still shows me current through 25 July. He claims the renewal email is a mistake and the account is still active, as my web page shows. This morning an email "I'm ok" message successfully sent an email from the front yard. I don't believe their customer support is malicious, but at best it is inept, inspiring anything but confidence. I find it hard to believe that three messages last week could have failed to trigger a message because of one garbled digit. Whichever is the explanation, the 406Link is not a reliable communication link with whomever you have sitting at home awaiting a daily message. Add to that the fact you only get a handful of GPS messages before a battery conservation algorithm cuts them off. The unit itself may be stellar for calling in emergency support, but I would assess it SOLELY on that basis, and view it's messaging akin to sending postcards from your vacation--nice if you get one.
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact Safety I wanted to be able to set my wife's mind at ease on my solo trips to the mountains. Looked at SPOT and liked the functionality, but the reviews about spotty coverage and poor customer service kept me away. I also like the fact that I am using military satellite networks rather than commercial satellites for emergency response. I ended up buying the ResQlink because of its compact size, 4.6 oz weight, and signal strength. I did sign up for the basic message test service. This service is not required, but can be used to pass location information to someone as a means of letting them know you are OK. Keep in mind that you will need to register this PLB with NOAA and that in order for this to be classified as a rescue beacon; you cannot have replaceable or rechargeable batteries, so you will need to send in the unit after five years of service to have the batteries replaced. What else can you say, it's a great little product that you hope you never have to use�?�
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Problem with antennae I have purchase several PLBs over the years. My first was an ACR; a very bulky first edition. Then I got the McMurdo Fastfind, and now this ACR ResQLink. I think they all will probably work fine, but the antennae on the ResQLink, keeps coming unclipped and deploying. This occurs in your pack, pocket, etc. The McMurdo Fastfind is encased so it is not an issue. I thought I would try the ACR this time, but next time I might go back to the McMurdo. I buy one every 3-4 years and replace the old one.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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