ACR ResQLink 400 SOS Personal Locator Beacon with GPS – Model: PLB-400


• Brand –  Acr
• Special Feature – Waterproof
• Connectivity – Technology Infrared
• Map Type – Satellite
• Sport Camping & Hiking
• Included Components – Belt Clip, PFD Oral Inflation Tube Clip, Attachment Strap
• Battery Life – 24 Hour
• Mounting Type – Found in an image, Wrist Mount
• Color – Yellow
• Item Dimensions – LxWxH 4.52 x 2.03 x 1.49 inches
• No Subscription is Required
• 406 MHz Emergency Distress Signal / Homing signal
• LED Strobe and Infrared Strobe
• Global Coverage / Cospas-Sarsat / MEOSAR
• GPS and Galileo GNSS

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Product Description

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How An EPIRB or PLB Rescue Works

The Anatomy of a Rescue – Stage 1

When activated, EPIRBs and PLBs send a unique distress signal on the 406 MHz frequency to the Search and Rescue Satellites.

Each beacon is programmed with and sends a unique digital code called a HEX ID or Unique ID. The HEX ID identifies the type of beacon and, Search and Rescue use the HEX ID to identify the beacon registration information provided by the beacon owner.

This information can include: who the beacon owner is, the type of vessel the beacon is associated with (for EPIRBs), emergency points of contact, float plans, trip plans, and much more.

The Anatomy of a Rescue – Stage 2

After the satellite receives a beacon signal, it relays the signal to ground stations referred to as local user terminals (LUTs).

The LUT processes the data, computes the location of the distress beacon, and transmits a decoded alert message to its associated national Mission Control Center (MCC). This happens almost instantaneously after the initial beacon signal is received.

The Anatomy of a Rescue – Stage 3

The Mission Control Center then geographically sorts the data, and transmits a distress message to the closest appropriate SAR authority and another MCC if the beacon is registered to another country.

The RCC (Rescue Coordination Center) investigates the beacon alert and launches rescue assets to find the parties in distress.

Rescue Overview

  • 406 MHz Distress Call Is Activated
  • Search and Rescue (SAR) satellites forward distress signal down to earth Ground Stations
  • Ground stations forward the distress to the Mission Control Centers (MCC)
  • The MCC alerts the closest Rescue Coordination Centers (RCC)
  • The RCC call emergency contacts and dispatch the closest SAR teams
  • SAR teams arrive on scene and rescue survivors
  • Worldwide – Over 48,000+ people rescued since 1982
  • United States – 9,753 people rescued since 1982

Important information

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Additional information

Weight 5.3 lbs
Product Purpose

Overland Communications, Overland Safety Gear

Product Type

GPS Beacon, Personal Locator



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