The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a rugged, handheld, and waterproof (non-buoyant) GPS-enabled rescue beacon which is small enough to be easily carried in a back-pack or pocket. Upon initiation of a distress call, the Fast Find Ranger’s built-in GPS will fix your position to within a few meters and then utilizes a powerful 406 MHz signal to relay your distress call to orbiting satellites.
The Fast Find Ranger is subscription-free and does not rely on commercial call centres, meaning your request for help is received directly by Search and Rescue authorities. When triggered, the Fast Find Ranger broadcasts a unique registered distress signal that not only tells rescuers where you are, but who you are. This is typically within 5 minutes, but can be up to 45 minutes depending on satellite coverage. The Fast Find Ranger features a 121.5 MHz secondary homing transmitter which means that once Search and Rescue teams have been deployed, they are able to home in on your exact location. The unit also features a flashing SOS light which can be used to attract attention.
The Fast Find Ranger’s lithium power cell offers a minimum 24hr continuous operation and a 6-year battery storage life. Performing a full functional self-test of the PLB's internal circuitry, battery voltage & power and 406 MHz transmission gives you the peace of mind knowing your PLB will work the moment you need it the most.
PLBs have been proven, tried and tested in some of the world's most remote locations and treacherous conditions. Even in extreme conditions and situations, the Fast Find Ranger activates easily. Just deploy the antenna, pull the anti-tamper seal and press the ON button.
Unlike most satellite enabled notification devices, the Fast Find Ranger 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.
Some national authorities require a completed registration application form to be submitted by letter or fax, others offer an online registration. For more information, visit the emergency beacon registration database IBRD at www.406registration.com and also www.cospas-sarsat.org. The addresses of the national authorities are listed in the annex at the end of this manual.
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 initial point of contact during an emergency situation would be the US Search & Rescue authorities with whom the PLB would be registered. Please contact us if you wish to have your Fast Find Ranger 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.
Size (D x W x L): 36 x 50 x 112mm (1.42 x 1.97 x 4.41in)
Weight: 164g (5.8oz)
Sealing depth: Immersion to 10m (30ft) for 5 minutes
Operating temperature: -20 to +55ºC (-4 to +131ºF)
Storage temperature: -30 to +70ºC (-22 to +158ºF)
Altitude: 12,192m (40,000ft)
Buoyancy: Category 2, will not float (optional buoyancy pouch available)
Battery type: Lithium Manganese
Transmit duration: > 35 hours @ +10ºC (50ºF), > 24 hours @ -20ºC (-4ºF)
Battery life (storage): 6 years
Battery replacement: Service centre
Battery Use: Logged by microprocessor
Frequency: 406.037MHz (alert) / 121.5MHz (homer)
Power: 5W (alert) / > 50mW (homer) nominal
Unique ID Number: Factory or dealer programmed
GPS Type: 50 channel, ceramic patch antenna
Indicator Light: High brightness LED signal light
SOS flash light: Morse code SOS flash pattern, 30 operations
Activation: Manual, three stage
Self-test: Tests transmitters, battery and light
Standard Compass Safe Distance: 1m (3ft)