ResQLink PLB GPS-Integrated Personal Locator Beacon
Small and mighty, the ResQLink PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is a full-powered, GPS-enabled rescue beacon designed for anglers, pilots and backcountry adventurers.
At 4.6 oz, the ResQLink distress beacon weighs less than a couple of energy bars. And topping just 3.9 inches, it’s smaller than the cell phone in your pocket. Small and mighty, the ResQLink™ PLB is a full-powered, GPS-enabled rescue beacon designed for anglers, pilots and back country sportsmen.
With three levels of integrated signal technology – GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability – the ResQLink PLB quickly and accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites. A built-in strobe light provides visibility during night rescues.
PLBs have been proven tried and true in some of the world’s most remote locations and treacherous conditions. Just ask the 400 or so pilots, boaters and back country explorers who were saved by a PLB during a rigorous test program in Alaska. Based in large part on the test results, the federal government approved use of PLBs in the United States in 2003.
Even in extreme conditions and situations, the ResQLink™ activates easily. Just deploy the antenna and press the ON button. With its powerful 66-channel GPS, the ResQLink™ guides rescuers to within 100 meters or less of your position. And, in the continental U.S., search and rescue personnel are typically alerted of your position in as little as five minutes with a GPS-enabled PLB such as the ResQLink™.
Two built-in tests allow you to routinely verify that the ResQLink™ is functioning and ready for use – with the push of a button, you can easily test internal electronics and GPS functionality.
- No Subscription Fees
- Super Bright LED Strobe
- Onboard 66-Channel GPS
- Self-Test and GPS Test Features
- Typical Performance 30 Hours
- Non-Hazmat Battery
- Made in the U.S.A.
- If you use it…we’ll replace it, Free of Charge. Simply submit your story, send us back your used beacon so we can have it mounted on our Wall of Fame and we’ll send you a brand new beacon of equal or greater value.
|Size||1.3 x 1.9 x 3.9” (3.3 x 4.8 x 9.9 cm)|
|Weight||4.6 oz (130 g)|
|Battery, Class||Class 2 (non-hazmat) lithium batteries|
|Battery, Replacement Interval||Replacement due six (6) years from date of manufacture or after emergency use|
|Battery, Operational Life||Exceeds required 24 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)|
|Battery, Storage||-40°F to + 158°F (-40°C to +70°C)|
|Material||High Impact UV Resistant Plastic|
|Color||ACR-treuse™ (high visibility yellow)|
|Operation||2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view of sky|
|Waterproof||16.40 ft (5 m) @ 1 hr., 33 ft (10 m) @ 10 min. Factory tested @ 70°F, exceeds RTCM waterproof requirements|
|Accessories||Optional Flotation Pouch P/N 9521|
|Approvals||Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, Canada, R&TTE, Australia, New Zealand.|
|Limited Warranty||5 years|
|406Link.com||220 self tests/12 GPS tests|
|Battery, Typical Performance||30 Hours @-4°F (-20°C)|
|Radiated Power||5W (406 MHz), 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)|
|ResQlink + PLB||ResQLink PLB||AqualLink PLB||AquaLink View PLB|
|Size||1.6 x 1.9 x 4.5” (4.1 x 4.8 x 11.4 cm)||1.3 x 1.9 x 3.9” (3.3 x 4.8 x 9.9 cm)||2.3 x 5.8 x 1.45” (5.9 x 14.8 x 3.7 cm)||2.3 x 5.8 x 1.45” (5.9 x 14.8 x 3.7 cm)|
|Weight||5.4 oz (153 g)||4.6 oz (130 g)||9.2 oz (261 g) with lanyard||9.2 oz (261 g) with lanyard|
|Battery, Class||Class 2 (non-hazmat) lithium batteries||Class 2 (non-hazmat) lithium batteries||Class 2 (non-hazmat) lithium batteries||Class 2 (non-hazmat) lithium batteries|
|Battery, Replacement Interval||Replacement due six (6) years from date of manufacture or after emergency use||Replacement due six (6) years from date of manufacture or after emergency use||Replacement due six (6) years from date of manufacture or after emergency use||Replacement due six (6) years from date of manufacture or after emergency use|
|Battery, Operational Life||Exceeds required 24 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)||Exceeds required 24 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)||Exceeds 24 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)||Exceeds 24 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)|
|Battery, Storage||-40°F to + 158°F (-40°C to +70°C)||-40°F to + 158°F (-40°C to +70°C)||-40°F to + 158°F (-40°C to +70°C)||-40°F to + 158°F (-40°C to +70°C)|
|Battery, Typical Performance||30 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)||30 Hours @-4°F (-20°C)||35 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)||30 Hours @ -4°F (-20°C)|
|Material||High Impact UV Resistant Plastic||High Impact UV Resistant Plastic||Engineered polycarbonate blend||Engineered polycarbonate blend|
|Color||ACR-treuse™ (high visibility yellow)||ACR-treuse™ (high visibility yellow)||ACR-treuse™ (high visibility yellow)||ACR-treuse™ (high visibility yellow)|
|Operation||2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view of sky||2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view of sky||2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view of sky||2 steps: deploy antenna, press ON button, giving clear view of sky|
|Waterproof||16.40 ft (5 m) @ 1 hr., 33 ft (10 m) @ 10 min. Factory tested @ 70°F, exceeds RTCM waterproof requirements||16.40 ft (5 m) @ 1 hr., 33 ft (10 m) @ 10 min. Factory tested @ 70°F, exceeds RTCM waterproof requirements|
|Approvals||Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, Canada, R&TTE, Australia, New Zealand||Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, Canada, R&TTE, Australia, New Zealand||Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, Canada, R&TTE, Australia, New Zealand||Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, Canada, R&TTE, Australia, New Zealand|
|Limited Warranty||5 years||5 years||5 years||5 years|
|Accessories||Double-sided Attachment Velcro Strap Included||Optional Flotation Pouch P/N 9521||Attachment clip included||Attachment clip included|
|406Link.com||220 self tests/12 GPS tests||220 self tests/12 GPS tests|
|Radiated Power||5W (406 MHz), 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)||5W (406 MHz), 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)||6.3W (406 MHz), 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)||6.3W (406 MHz), 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)|
What do PLBs do?
Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are distress radio beacons which transmit location information about individuals directly to Search and Rescue forces letting them know that the owner is in grave and imminent danger.
When do you use a Beacon?
Most Search-and-Rescue (SAR) organizations instruct that beacons are satellite signaling devices of last resort, for use when all other means of self-rescue have been exhausted, where the situation is grave with imminent danger and the loss of life, limb, eyesight or valuable property will occur without assistance.
What is a UIN and where do I find it on the beacon so I can register my beacon?
A UIN is a Unique Identifier Number that is programmed into each beacon at the factory. The UIN number consists of 15 digit series of letters and numbers that make up the unique identity of the beacon. The UIN is on a white label on the exterior of the beacon. The UIN is also referred to as the Hex ID.
Do I need a radio license?
For the latest information, in the United States you may contact the Federal Communication Commission at toll-free 1-888-CALLFCC or visit the website of the FCC. Outside of the United States, contact your local authority for the requirements.
How do I register my beacon?
406 MHz Beacons must be registered with the National Authority of the country you live in.
Step 1. Visit our Registration database to find the appropriate National Authority
Step 2. Register with your countries National Authority via Mail, Fax or for the fastest service register online.
Registration in the United States
The national authority that accepts beacon registrations in the United States is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Here are three easy ways to register:
1.) The fastest and easiest way to register is online at www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov . Recommended method. Verify and validate information before submitting.
2.) Mail the registration form with the pre-addressed, postage paid envelope to:
SARSAT BEACON REGISTRATION
1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Please print legibly.
3.) Faxing a registration is also acceptable. Fax the registration form to the Fax number on the bottom of the registration form. To reduce the possibility of erroneous entry please verify legibility of information and validate information on form to UIN on beacon before faxing. Please print legibly and in BLACK ink.
All registration forms will be entered in the 406 MHz beacon registration database within 48 hours of receipt. The information you provide on the registration form is used for rescue purposes only.
A confirmation letter, a copy of the actual registration and a proof-of-registration decal will be mailed to you within two weeks. When you receive these documents, please check the information carefully to ensure that the information provided on the label agrees with the information on the beacon and then affix the decal to your beacon in the area marked "BEACON DECAL HERE." If you do not receive confirmation from NOAA in the expected timeframe, or if the information on the label is incorrect call toll free 1-888-212-7283 for assistance.
Registration outside of the United States
In countries other than the United States, 406 MHz beacons are registered with that country's national authority at the time of purchase. The sales agent should have assisted you in filling out the forms and sending them to the country's national authority. Alternatively, visit our Registration database or many countries allow online registration in the International 406MHz Beacon Registration Database (IBRD) at www.406registration.com.
To verify that the unit is properly programmed for your country, view the UIN label on the back of the unit. In the event that the beacon is not programmed for your country, the sales agent (if properly equipped) can reprogram the unit for the correct country.
What are my obligations with regard to registering and re-registering my beacon?
A beacon should be registered at the time of purchase or installation. The registration of a beacon is valid for 2 (two) years. The owner should re-register the beacon every two years. If change of ownership occurs, the original owner must notify the authorities and de-register the beacon before the new owner can register.
What is it do important for me to register my beacon?
Registering the EPIRB, ELT or Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in the United States and 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.
I tried to register my beacon but the authorities tell me that it needs a different ID number programmed in. Do I need to send this back to you?
This can be done by any Certified Battery/Service Center. Please have your registration form and beacon available when contacting a Certified Battery Replacement Center for assistance.
Can 406 MHz beacons be used anywhere in the world?
Yes, 406 MHz beacons can be used anywhere in the world, including the Poles.
Is there a subscription fee for beacon registration or rescue service?
Beacon registration is free, should you ever have to activate your beacon, rescue is free in most parts of the world.
Is it true that certain emergency beacons no longer work?
The 121.5MHz and 243 MHz beacons are no longer satellite detectable. The beacons may still function but the emergency satellite system will no longer detect the emergency signals from these frequencies. Please read the explanation of the phase out of the 121.5/243 MHz frequency from Cospas-Sarsat at https://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/phaseout.html.
Can I take my beacon with me on an aircraft?
You may wish to check with the airline about any restrictions or documentation that you may need to carry with the unit. We suggest that you print a copy of the MSDS and bring it with you. We also recommend that you carry the Product Support Manual to explain what the unit is (MSDS sheets and Manuals can be found on the product web page).
Warranty Length: 1 year
This product is warranted against factory defect in material and workmanship for a period of 1 (one)* year from date of purchase or receipt as a gift. During the warranty period ACR Electronics, Inc. will repair or at its option, replace at no cost to you for labor, materials or return transportation. The warranty does not cover defects due to battery failure or leakage.
For further assistance, please contact our Technical Service Department at :
PO Box 880638
San Diego, CA 92168-0638
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: +1 (480) 478-1999, Telephone: +1 (844) 248-0123.
This warranty does not apply if the product has been damaged by accident or misuse, or as a result of service or modification by other than the manufacturer. The COMPANY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY OTHER MATTER WITH RESPECT TO THIS PRODUCT, except as otherwise expressly stated in the previous paragraph. The Company shall not be liable for consequential or special damages. In order to place the warranty in effect, choose a form above and complete it entirely. Or you may fill out the registration card accompanying your product (if applicable) which must be returned to ACR Electronics, Inc. within ten days of purchase.
*Five Years for the following products: EPIRB, PLB , S-VDR, SSAS.