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    There's a company that makes epirb beacons for boats out of Australia and apparently they are really really good if not the best as far as cost, battery life, transmitting battery life and all around design. Does anyone know if they will work in US Waters?
    Proud owner of a Mako 22

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    I'm pretty sure they all transmit on the same frequency but I would ask the manufacturer.
    1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
    1985 Mako 20c - sold
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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    • #3
      If its a COSPAS/SARSAT 406 MHz EPIRB, it will work anywhere in the world. Unlikely they have any 121.5/243 EPIRBS hanging out there as they stopped making them about 20 years ago.
      Dave [br]Woodbury Heights, NJ[br]\'73 Mako 20[br]\'85 Mako 254[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=55336[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52586

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      • #4
        I found out the deal... Yes it will work at 406Mhz but you must have an Australian or New Zealand address to register it and to get an MMSI number. He said its because of some legalities that they cant register in US. Sounds like our local Epirb companies hard strong armed the competition...
        Proud owner of a Mako 22

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by 1977Mako22


          I found out the deal... Yes it will work at 406Mhz but you must have an Australian or New Zealand address to register it and to get an MMSI number. He said its because of some legalities that they cant register in US. Sounds like our local Epirb companies hard strong armed the competition...



          Our "local" epirb companies? There's only one based in the US (ACR) the rest are all European. They probably don't want to jump through the US COSPARSAT hoops.
          1975 Mako 26 Inboard[br]1976 Mako 23 Inboard[br]1984 Rhodes 19[br]Padanaram, MA

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by 1977Mako22


            I found out the deal... Yes it will work at 406Mhz but you must have an Australian or New Zealand address to register it and to get an MMSI number. He said its because of some legalities that they cant register in US. Sounds like our local Epirb companies hard strong armed the competition...



            Not exactly, they likely did not apply for or receive FCC approval for the radio beacon in their device. That would require them to submit to a 3rd party lab to do the test-screening plus documentation. Its probably a $20k investment (ballpark) and then submittal to FCC.

            Without it, it would likely get snagged at customs. Its all in the safety not interfering with police, military life safety systems radios, comms etc.

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            • #7
              This is not a new company coming out with a new product this has been around for awhile. It's a 406 megahertz Beacon that broadcasts its GPS coordinates on I believe 16 different channels when activated. It's less than half price of the ones sold in the US. It's got a longer battery life and a cheaper replacement battery. I cancelled the order because it looks like I have to go with something sold here in the US. It's a shame.
              Proud owner of a Mako 22

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              • #8
                Something doesnt sound right to me. EPIRBs are just one part of the Glabal Maritime Distress Safety System which is an international set of standards/regulations. You can register any EPIRB, new or used, owned or rented. EPIRBs have unique identifiers to broadcast their signal. This should not be confused with an MMSI number as they are two very different things. An MMSI is used like a phone number but for radio equipment like DSC and AIS transceivers. I dont know. Just seems weird.

                There are plenty of very reputable EPIRBs available with 10 year batteries for just a few hundred bucks. I dont know about you, but if I feel like I need an EPIRB on my boat, I dont want some shady rig because its cheap.i want a category 1 float free EPIRB, not a PLB, not a SPOT unit, I want an EPIRB because I want to give my family the best chance of somebody finding me if the shit ever hits the fan.
                Dave [br]Woodbury Heights, NJ[br]\'73 Mako 20[br]\'85 Mako 254[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=55336[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52586

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by 1977Mako22


                  This is not a new company coming out with a new product this has been around for awhile. It's a 406 megahertz Beacon that broadcasts its GPS coordinates on I believe 16 different channels when activated. It's less than half price of the ones sold in the US. It's got a longer battery life and a cheaper replacement battery. I cancelled the order because it looks like I have to go with something sold here in the US. It's a shame.



                  Ok, how about sharing the MFG? I want to read about this supposedly superior to my Globalfix Pro EPIRB for half the price.

                  I don't know how else to put this, but you have a 20 and a 25, there is not a single EPIRB on the market that won't run long enough for you to be found and your location tracked.
                  1975 Mako 26 Inboard[br]1976 Mako 23 Inboard[br]1984 Rhodes 19[br]Padanaram, MA

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                  • #10
                    Here is the link for the product. I know what a MMSI number is. I have two of them for the same boat I'm just going by what the company told me in an email after I ordered it. I'm not trying to put a price tag on my family's safety I just wanted to know why I couldn't use this product instead of something from ACR. Im here to discuss topics so thats what im doing.

                    https://www.fishingtackleshop.com.au...-with-gps.html
                    Proud owner of a Mako 22

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                    • #11
                      Even if it was capable of being registered in the US, I'm not sure how many US outfits would want to have to support another EPIRB and batteries. McMurdo ACR and a couple others keep even the biggest outfits very busy.

                      That and their "comparison chart" doesn't give a model of what they're comparing to, which most of their "the competitor's doesn't do this" my Globalfix Pro does.
                      1975 Mako 26 Inboard[br]1976 Mako 23 Inboard[br]1984 Rhodes 19[br]Padanaram, MA

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                      • #12
                        You can check here once for all your equipment requirements.

                        https://rigmastertackle.com.au/

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