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McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB

McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB

SOS Function

Have added peace of mind by settting up the designated SOS button on this device.  You can either set this up to send to friends, family or colleagues or alternatively why not be super safe and sign up to GEOS emergency response (GEOS service not available on PLBs or EPIRBs)

$194.83 (Ex. VAT) $233.80 (Inc. VAT)
The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB is a water resistant lifesaving distress beacon with impact resistant rugged casing, designed especially for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. It can quickly and accurately relay your position via satellite to Search and Rescue services during an emergency.
$194.83 (Ex. VAT) $233.80 (Inc. VAT)

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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 GTC are pre-programmed with the UK country code. Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the initial point of contact during an emergency situation would be the UK 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 UK.  

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)

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