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406MHz EPIRB/PLB/ELT

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Any good deals out there on 406MHz locator beacons?

I am waiting to see if the ACK unit really sells for $ 560 when they get their certification. it is going to use the existing remote panel from the ACK or the Ameri- king units. ACK says it should be released in July. one drawback to the ACK is they use expensive battery packs but they are good for 5 years. the Ameri-king uses 4 d cell batteries. One of the problems I see with these units in a canard airplane is the antenna, the supplied antenna is made to mount outside on a metal airframe.

www.ackavionics.com/

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I've been using the 'Find-Me-Spot' for a couple years now.

I clip it to the visor of the rent-a-spam-can and set it for track. It posts my position every 10 minutes. If I'm running late, my wife can log onto the site and see where I'm at. If I don't show up at all and don't manage to hit the mayday option, I can't be more than 10 minutes from my last plot.

 

I'll still get the real deal when my bird is ready for it.

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The smokey is the Australian designed KTI Mini-Sat-G 406 PLB (with GPS). It has a 10 year battery life and warranty. The cert to COSPAS-SARSAT approval process has been ongoing for some time - now slipped to Aug 2009. $649AUD.

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