Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
Following the 1st part (Portable Hyperbaric Chamber), the next recommendation for exploration / explorer vessels running diving or water sport activities in remote areas is Personal Locator Beacon.
As general accepted definition of “remote area” in our maritime sector, the Search & Rescue team is not available right away to assist you. It might take hours or even days in some exceptional situations.
PLB (known also as Emergency Locator Beacon) is a very small device, portable, tough, low cost, which onces activated will indicate your position to the nearby vessels by using a radio AIS (Automatic Identification System) & DSC (Digital Selective Calling) method of digital transmission of your GPS position on Earth.
Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS Specifications
|AIS Transmit Power||1 Watt|
AIS Frequency||161.975 and 162.025 MHz|
|DSC Transmit Power||0.5 Watt|
|DSC Frequency||156.525 MHz|
|Messages||Individual Distress Relay, Distress Alert|
|Environmental Temperature Range|| -25°C – +55°C|
|Waterproof Depth||425 feet (130 meter) sea water with dive cap closed/ Splashproof with dive cap open|
|Dimensions||2.9 x 3.8 x 1.5 inch (75 x 97 x 39 mm)|
|Weight||4.6 Oz (131g) after inserting two batteries|