The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB is a rugged, handheld, and waterproof (non-buoyant) GPS-enabled rescue beacon which is small enough to be easily carried in a back-pack or pocket. Upon initiation of a distress call, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB's built-in GPS will fix your position to within a few meters and then utilizes a powerful 406 MHz signal to relay your distress call to orbiting satellites.
McMurdo PLB Fast Find Ranger Key Features:
Unlike most satellite enabled notification devices, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB requires no monthly or annual subscription,and does not rely on commercial call centres, meaning your request for help is received directly by Search and Rescue authorities. This makes the McMurdo Fastfind Ranger one of the most cost effective GPS enabled emergency beacons available for long term use.
The McMurdo Fastfind Ranger can be easily activated by simply deploying the antenna, pulling the anti-tamper seal and pressing the ON button.
When manually triggered, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB broadcasts a unique registered distress signal that not only tells rescuers where you are, but who you are. This is typically within 5 minutes, but can be up to 45 minutes depending on satellite coverage. The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB features a 121.5 MHz secondary homing transmitter which means that once Search and Rescue teams have been deployed, they are able to home in on your exact location.
The unit also features a flashing SOS light which can be used to attract attention low visibility environments, especially rescues at night.
The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB lithium power cell offers a minimum 24hr continuous operation and a 6-year battery storage life. Performing a full functional self-test of the PLB's internal circuitry, battery voltage & power and 406 MHz transmission gives you the peace of mind knowing your PLB will work the moment you need it the most.
Like most PLBs, the McMurdo Fastfind Ranger has been proven, tried and tested in some of the world's most remote locations and treacherous conditions. Even in extreme conditions and situations, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB activates easily.
Registering your PLB
Registering your Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in most countries. Registering is very important because should your beacon ever be activated, it is how Search and Rescue Teams will know who you are, and contacts provided may be able to supply information about your specific travel plans. In the absence of this information, it may take longer for a search-and-rescue operation to begin.
Some national authorities require a completed registration application form to be submitted by letter or fax, others offer an online registration. For more information, visit the emergency beacon registration database IBRD at www.406registration.com and also www.cospas-sarsat.org. The addresses of the national authorities are listed in the annex at the end of this manual.
All Personal Locator Beacons sold by OSC are pre-programmed with the US country code. Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the initial point of contact during an emergency situation would be the US Search & Rescue authorities with whom the PLB would be registered. Please contact us if you wish to have your Fast Find Ranger PLB shipped with configuration for use in a country other than US.
This McMurdo PLB should only be used in situations of grave and imminent danger to life. False alerts endanger lives and cause expensive disruption to Search & Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the device could result in a penalty.