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ACR Electronics MicroFix 2898 Product Support Manual

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  • Page 2 This product is warranted against factory defects in material and workmanship for a period of 1 (one) year* from date of purchase or receipt as a gift. During the warranty period ACR Electronics, Inc. will repair or, at its option, replace the unit at no cost to you for labor, materials and return transportation from ACR.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Foreword Thank you for purchasing from ACR Electronics, Inc. We design, manufacture and distribute quality products knowing they are used to save lives. Many of our products are required to be tested and approved by regulatory bodies worldwide. We believe in going beyond those specifications to insure our products work when needed in real world conditions.
  • Page 4: Section 1 - Product Features

    SECTION 1 – PRODUCT FEATURES The PLB-300™ (referred to as “beacon”) is available in various configurations, as shown in the table below. The ResQFix™ includes accessories oriented for marine/boating use and the MicrOFix™ includes accessories more commonly used in outdoor and aviation activities. Product Model Number ResQFix™...
  • Page 5: Registration In The United States

    B. If the internet is not accessible to you, complete the enclosed registration form. Do not confuse this with the ACR Electronics warranty card. Mail with the pre-addressed, postage paid envelope to: C. Faxing your registration is also acceptable. Fax the registration form to fax # +1 (301) 817-4565.
  • Page 6: Change Of Ownership Or Contact Information

    Change of Ownership or Contact Information It is your responsibility to advise the national authority of any change in the information on the registration form. If the current owner of the beacon is transferring the beacon to a new owner, the current owner is required to inform the national authority by using their online database or by letter, fax or telephone, of the name and address of the new owner.
  • Page 7: Section 4 - Operation

    False alerts that are rectified must be reported to the AFRCC to let them know that the situation has been corrected and everything is fine. Responsibly reporting these events to the AFRCC or your proper authority will not incur a penalty, but deliberate misuse or not notifying the proper authority may incur a severe penalty. TO REPORT FALSE ALERTS WORLDWIDE, CONTACT THE NATIONAL AUTHORITY WHERE YOUR BEACON IS REGISTERED.
  • Page 8: Activation (406 Mhz And 121.5 Mhz)

    Activation (406 MHz and 121.5 MHz) To activate your beacon in a distress situation, follow these steps: 1) Unfasten the antenna from the case. 2) Move it into the upright position (see figure 3 below). 3) Depress the ON/OFF You will hear a BEEP and your beacon is now activated. While transmitting your distress signal, the red LED will flash once every 2 seconds alerting you that your beacon is active.
  • Page 9: Gps Receiver Orientation

    Components Tested: Data Integrity and Memory; 406 MHz Synthesizer; RF Power/Battery; GPS header If a RED LED flashes at the completion of the self test, your beacon has failed. Repeat the self test. If the failure persists, contact ACR Electronics or an authorized Battery Replacement Center for servicing of your beacon.
  • Page 10: Section 5 - Accessories

    NOTE: The GPS receiver is located under the front portion of the case (see figure 4). It is imperative that the receiver is not obstructed during self test or activation to ensure that the GPS receiver is acquiring your latitude (LAT) and longitude (LON) position. This test must be performed outside with a clear view of the sky. Press the self-test button for greater than 5 seconds.
  • Page 11: Attachment Clip

    Attachment Clip The ResQFix™ comes standard with an attachment clip. To install the clip, simply align the bottom tabs on the clip with the insert holes located on the bottom of the beacon. Snap the clip in place by pressing the top of the clip so that the two top tabs engage in the two insert holes on the top of the beacon (See figure 6).
  • Page 12: Battery Replacement

    Battery Replacement The battery must be replaced by the date indicated on the beacon or every five (5) years. At each inspection, check the time remaining until replacement is required. The battery should be replaced if the beacon has been activated for any use other than the self test.
  • Page 13: Global Positioning System (gps)

    The addition of the GEOSAR satellite system greatly improves the reaction time for a SAR event. This satellite system has no Doppler capabilities at 406 MHz, but will relay the distress alert to any of the LUT stations. When there is GPS data included in the distress message, SAR authorities instantly know your location to within 110 yards (100 m).
  • Page 14: Specifications

    Specifications 406 MHz Transmitter Frequency Output Power Frequency Stability Digital Message: Format Long message/ Serialized Message protocol Duration Rate Encoding Modulation Beacons are shipped from ACR with a Serialized code but can be reprogrammed at a service center to other coded formats including nationality of registration. 121.5 MHz Transmitter Frequency: Frequency Tolerance...
  • Page 15: Declaration Of Conformity

    DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY ACR Electronics hereby declares that the following products are in conformity with Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 1999 on Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE), and has been type examined as described in this Declaration.

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