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McMurdo wins PLB contract with US Coastguard

Fastfind PlusMcMurdo won an order from the U.S. Coast Guard worth up to $7,500,000 over 5 years to supply 406 MHz FASTFIND PLUS Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) equipped with integral GPS.  This represents an upgrade from the standard FASTFIND PLB, a similar quantity of which was supplied to the U.S. Coast Guard over the past 3 years.

The PLB is a handheld beacon which is registered to the individual user. When activated, the Fastfind Plus provides a 406MHz alert signal via the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system to Search and Rescue authorities. There is a visual indication of GPS acquisition. Fastfind Plus also transmits on the International Aircraft Emergency Frequency of 121.5MHz providing a homing signal for the Search and Rescue (SAR) services.

More information on PLBs can be found on Equipped To Survive:

The Ultimate PLB FAQ

406 MHz GPS Enabled Emergency Beacon Evaluation

ETS Foundation Efforts Inspire Improved Standards for Emergency Beacons