The world's first PLB with confirmation of receipt of the emergency call is now available. McMurdo thus further extends its technical lead in distress transmitters. Already the McMurdo EPIRB G8AIS, is the world's only EPIRB with additional AIS distress signal.
The McMurdo FastFind ReturnLink PLB signals the person in danger to receive the transmitted distress signal. To do this, the McMurdo FastFind ReturnLink PLB uses the unique functionality of the Return Link Service (RLS) generated by Galileo satellites. Blue LED signaling confirms to the user that the 406MHz distress call and Galileo GNSS location coordinates have been received. The new Galileo GNSS satellites are part of Cospas Sarsat's MEOSAR upgrade program and now consist of 26 satellites out of a total of 30 planned.
The McMurdo FastFind ReturnLink PLB transmits and receives multiple signals simultaneously:
- Transmits 406 MHz over Cospas Sarsat to the worldwide professional emergency services.
- Receives GNSS coordinates from Galileo and GPS satellites and transmits 406MHz signal to regularly update location
- Once the location is confirmed, the PLB receives the Galileo RLS signal and activates the blue LED
- Transmits 121.5MHz homing signal to speed up the location process
In Germany, PLB's can only be registered as an EPIRB with the programming of an MMSI. In other countries, personalized registration is possible, depending on regional regulations.
Technical specifications of the McMurdo FastFind ReturnLink PLB:
Lithium battery with 5 years lifetime
Transmission time more than 24 hours
Waterproof up to 10 m depth
Dimensions: 36 x 50 x 112 mm
Weight 164 g
Belt clip and neoprene pouch included