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When you're in trouble in backcountry New Zealand..Personal Locator Beacons 406Mhz makes you easier to find

New Zealand's rugged landscapes and wild unpredictable weather can be deceptively dangerous. So before you work, play, explore or travel on land, sea or in the air, you should make sure you're prepared. If you get into trouble a correctly registered 406MHz distress beacon could save your life or the life of someone close to you.  A registered 406MHz beacon is faster, more accurate and more reliable.

Emergency Personal Locators Beacons available for hire

Personal Locator Beacons can provide that extra security when tramping or climbing. Hiking, tramping, or climbing hire a Personal Locator Beacon at an affordable cost. Personal Locator Beacons let you can have peace of mind enjoying your backcountry experience knowing that if you injure yourself rescue is not far away. 

Beacons can be manually activated or even remotely activated incase you are incapacitated. Personal Locator Beacons are also automatically activated on your nominated panic day. Personal Locator Beacon unit is small, light and easily slipped into the top of your pack. To keep the personal locator beacon working at it's best. Personal Locator beacons should use new batteries each time the unit is hired out.

To avoid disappoint you are advised to prebook your Personal Locator Beacon

Important changes to the satellite system

The satellite system that supports 121.5 MHz analogue distress beacons is in the process of being replaced.  Already it is significantly degraded and it will cease operation altogether in February 2009. If you have a 121.5MHz distress beacon which may also be called an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) or ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) you need to switch to a 406MHz distress beacon.

It has been replaced by a digital 406 MHz satellite system and a new range of 406MHz beacons.  These newer beacons are  much more capable and, if registered and operating correctly, will result in a much faster rescue should you require it.

121.5Mhz Monitoring will Cease in 2009

What's happening in February 2009?

In February 2009 the 121.5MHz system will no longer be monitored. 121.5MHz beacons will become obsolete.

RCCNZ detects many false alarms from non-beacon transmitters that interfere with the 121.5MHz frequency and from beacons that have been activated by mistake. In New Zealand about 97% of the distress alerts detected are false.

With the 406MHz system false alerts can be resolved quickly with a simple radio or phone call because the 406MHz signal carries additional information about the type of boat, aircraft or person involved, it eliminates a lot of guesswork.


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