Tips when purchasing a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)Beside boots, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) will probably be one of the most expensive pieces of kit in any trampers arsenal. I recently brought a PLB, so here are a few tips I discovered while researching my purchase.
|Tramper with a GME Personal Locator Beacon|
What is a PLB?
Please note: Only 406Mhz beacons are monitored in New Zealand, please check if your PLB will work here if visiting from another country.
|PLB Activation sequence|
Why buy a PLB?
|A SAR rescue operation in progress in 2015|
Where should I buy?
Common brands and prices
|ACR ResQLink PLB|
Standard pricing ranges from $500-$700 depending on the supplier.
The ACR ResQLink is the beacon used by NZ Search and Rescue (SAR) and the Southland Locator Beacon Charity.
Fast Find McMurdo
|McMurdo Fast Find 220 PLB|
I have been told it is slightly more difficult to extend the antenna on these, but have not tried myself. Again, these range in price from $530-$700 depending on where you purchase the unit.
AccuSat GME MT410G
|GME MT410G PLB|
I believe they are aimed at the boating community more than trampers.
SPOT Find Me
|SPOT Find Me PLB|
|PLB size comparison: McMurdo, Rescueme and ResQLink|