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 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.
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.
Your Personal Locator Beacon serial number and emergency contacts will be registered with the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency and your device can be used anywhere in the world to activate a distress signal. It is therefore essential that you inform your emergency contacts of your travels plans, specifically dates of travel and locations you will be travelling to. Should your beacon ever be activated, 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 provided by GTC are pre-programmed with the UK country code. Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the first authority to be contacted in an emergency situation would be the UK Coastguard Agency in Falmouth who will coordinate with the appropriate Search & Rescue organisation.
McMurdo Fast Find Ranger Specifications:
- 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)