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McMurdo Fast Find Max-G PLB

McMurdo Fast Find Max-G PLB

SOS Function

Have added peace of mind by settting up the designated SOS button on this device.  You can either set this up to send to friends, family or colleagues or alternatively why not be super safe and sign up to GEOS emergency response (GEOS service not available on PLBs or EPIRBs)


Fast Find Max-G PLB from McMurdo transmits your location in the event of an emergency for up to 48 hours.  This PLB is also waterproof to 10m, buoyant and features a flashing LED SOS light.

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Fast Find Max-G PLB from McMurdo transmits your location in the event of an emergency for up to 48 hours.  This PLB is also waterproof to 10m, buoyant and features a flashing LED SOS light.

Suitable for use on land or at sea Fast Find Max-G PLB is easy to use and features a 3 stage activation process to avoid accidental transmission.  Upon activation the PLB transmits your unique ID and your current GPS co-ordinates via satellite alerting emergency services on average within 3 minutes. The inbuilt GPS pinpoints your location to within 62m and once within the area, the search and rescue services can quickly locate you using the unit’s 121.5Mhz homing beacon.

Key Features

  • 406/121.5MHz PLB
  • International approval
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Waterproof and buoyant
  • Easy to operate
  • 50 channel GNSS receiver uses multiple satellite positioning systems
  • Position updates every 20 minutes
  • Minimum 48hr continuous operation
  • 5 year battery storage life
  • Self test facility with battery use indicator
  • User replaceable battery
  • 5 year warranty (after registering)

Unlike most satellite enabled notification devices, the McMurdo PLB requires no monthly or annual subscription, making it one of the most cost effective GPS enabled emergency beacons available for long term use.

Registering your Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in most countries.  Registering is very important because should your beacon ever be activated, it is how Search and Rescue Teams will know who you are, and contacts provided may be able to supply information about your specific travel plans. In the absence of this information, it may take longer for a search-and-rescue operation to begin.

All Personal Locator Beacons sold by Orbital Satcom are pre-programmed with the US country code. Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the first authority to be contacted in an emergency situation would be NOAA with whom the PLB would be registered. Please contact us if you wish to have your PLB shipped with configuration for use in a country other than US. 

This PLB should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger to life. False alerts endanger lives and cause expensive disruption to Search & Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the device could result in a penalty.

Global Coveragex

Approved to: COSPAS-SARSAT T.007, Class 2
Internationally type approved, a list of current type approvals is
held in the Fastfind Max section of the McMurdo web site;

Complies with relevant clauses: EN 60945, RTCM 76-2002/SC110-STD V1.1
Operating temperature range: -20 °C to +55 °C
Storage temperature range: -30 °C to +70 °C
Operational life, Class 2: 48 hours minimum at –20 °C
Category: 2, manual activation
Weight: 300 g
Buoyancy: Buoyant
Sealing: Waterproof to 5 m immersion
Temporary Immersion: 10 m
Battery type, Class 2: 11 V lithium iron disulphide
Battery Expiry: 5 year storage life
Battery Change: User replaceable


406MHz transmitter
Frequency: 406.040 MHz ±1 kHz
Output Power: 5 W±2 dB
Data Encoding: Bi-phase L
Modulation: Phase modulation; 1.1 rads ±0.1 rads


121.5 MHz transmitter
Frequency: 121.5 MHz +3 kHz
Output Power: 50 mW ±3 dB PERP
Sweep Direction: Programmable UP or DOWN
GPS: Integral 50 channel
Indication of GPS position: Visual
GPS Antenna: Ceramic dielectric patch
Programming Interface: Infra-red diode

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