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Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)

Canoeing.com Definition: Personal Locator Beacons, or PLBs, are portable, handheld transmitters that use satellites to send personalized distress signals at emergency frequencies monitored by Search and Rescue teams: 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz. PLBs broadcast a digital signal with personalized information and a honing signal. Activating a PLB allows search and rescue teams to locate the distressed party to within three miles of their exact location, and often launches a rescue in as little as 45 minutes. PLBs are best suited for true emergencies.

Product Dimensions:
H x W x D
Weight Mfr Price*
SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger PLB 3.4" x 2.5" x 1" 4 oz $149.95
ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS PLB 3.9" x 1.9" x 1.3" 4.6 oz $280.00
ACR Electronics ResQLink+ GPS PLB 4.5" x 1.9" x 1.6" 5.4 oz $289.00
DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger 4.5" x 2.5" x 1" 6.7 oz $379.95
ACR Electronics Aqualink View 406 PLB 5.8" x 2.2" x 1.4" 9.1 oz $499.00
McMurdo Fastfind MAX-G 5.75" x 3" x 2.1" 10 oz N/A
McMurdo Fastfind 220 5.75" x 3" x 2.1" 10 oz N/A

* Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, subject to change, see manufacturer web site for details. Prices listed in U.S. Dollars.


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