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ACR Electronics ResQMate RLB-40 Product Support Manual

406 mhz epirb beacon.
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Zealand only
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RADIO CALL SIGN
UIN #

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  • Page 1 Available for sale in Australia and New Zealand only OWNER VESSEL RADIO CALL SIGN UIN #...
  • Page 2 If you have questions regarding the contents of the manual, please contact our Technical Service Department at ACR Electronics, Inc., Telephone +1 (954) 981- 3333. Please be ready to provide the technician with the page number you wish to discuss. If you have a question that is...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents STEP ONE - REGISTERING YOUR BEACON ____________________________ 3 STEP TWO - HOW THE BEACON WORKS _____________________________ 6 STEP THREE - INSTALLING THE BEACON _____________________________ 12 STEP FOUR - MAINTAINING THE BEACON ___________________________ 14 APPENDIX A - THE COSPAS-SARSAT SYSTEM __________________________ 17 APPENDIX B - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ___________________________ 18 APPENDIX C - WARRANTY, USEFUL LIFE POLICY, NOTICES _______________ 19 PLEASE READ ALL WARNINGS,...
  • Page 4: Step One - Registering Your Beacon

    STEP ONE - REGISTERING YOUR BEACON Why is registration important? As the owner of this 406 MHz beacon, it is mandatory that you register it with the EPIRB national authority of your country: It is the law. Please note that all 406 MHz beacons are required to have their registration updated every two years by the owner.
  • Page 5 Phone: 1 800 406 406 or +61 2 6279 5766 Fax: 1 800 406 329 or +61 2 9332 6323 Email: ausbeacon@amsa.gov.au NOTE: Do not confuse the registration form with the ACR Electronics warranty card. All registration forms will be entered in the 406 MHz beacon registration database within 48 hours of receipt.
  • Page 6 Phone: +64 4 577 8033 or 0800 406 111 Fax: +64 4 577 8041 Email: 406registry@martimenz.govt.nz NOTE: Do not confuse the registration form with the ACR Electronics warranty card. All registration forms will be entered in the 406 MHz beacon registration database within 48 hours of receipt.
  • Page 7: Step Two - How The Beacon Works

    STEP TWO - HOW THE BEACON WORKS How your beacon brings help 406 MHz beacons are a type of portable emergency equipment that transmits a distress signal to search and rescue (SAR) organizations. The purpose of these beacons is to aid SAR teams in tracking and locating ships or individuals in jeopardy as rapidly as possible.
  • Page 8 Anatomy of your beacon NOTE: When unpacking your beacon, it is recommended that you save the original packaging for re-use when shipping the beacon for battery replacement in the future. antenna red/green LEDs battery housing // Activation switch with Witness Tab The activation switch embodies a special, patented method of activating a beacon.
  • Page 9 Switch Positions OFF/ READY position (down, front) Manual release bracket Y1-03-0240A TEST position (upright) antenna hook TRANSMITTING position (down, back) Front cover release tabs...
  • Page 10 Activating your beacon WARNING: This transmitter is authorized for use only during situations of grave and imminent danger. Deliberate misuse may incur a severe penalty. Class 3 beacons can always be manually activated in or out of their bracket. The beacon and bracket are designed to allow the user to perform periodic testing while the beacon is in its bracket.
  • Page 11 Push the main switch up 90 degrees, slide toward antenna and all the way down to activate. TIPS FOR OPTIMUM DEPLOYMENT OF AN ACTIVATED BEACON: When activating and deploying your beacon in an emergency, DO NOT: Activate the beacon if you have any other means of self rescue. Hold or clutch the beacon or antenna.
  • Page 12 Turning off the beacon If your beacon was manually activated and you wish to deactivate, return the thumb switch to the “OFF” position. If deactivation should fail, remove the four screws holding the unit together and unplug the battery to disable the unit. Return the beacon to ACR Electronics for service.
  • Page 13: Step Three - Installing The Beacon

    STEP THREE - INSTALLING THE BEACON Mounting location The selection of a mounting location will vary from vessel to vessel. Beacons should be protected from outside influences while being readily accessible at all times in the event of an emergency. The location selected must be sufficiently rigid to support the weight of the total installation.
  • Page 14 Manual release bracket Manual release brackets are designed to hold the beacon securely in place. The beacon must be manually deployed. The bracket can be mounted on a vertical flat surface with beacon antenna up or on a horizontal flat surface facing skyward.
  • Page 15: Step Four - Maintaining The Beacon

    Carefully inspect the beacon case for any visible cracks. Cracks may admit moisture, which could falsely activate the beacon or otherwise cause a malfunction. Any cracks observed should immediately be referred to ACR Service for evaluation. Call ACR Electronics Technical Service +1 (954) 981- 3333. Battery replacement Battery replacement is due 5 years from date after the beacon placed into service, or by expiry date on the beacon whichever is first.
  • Page 16 Always refer battery replacement and any other beacon service to a factory authorized Service http://www.acrelectronics.com/brc.htm. servicing the beacon by replacing all o-rings, testing the water seal and the electrical properties and doing a full functional test on the unit. NOTE: There are no user serviceable items inside the beacon. Do not open the beacon except to disable (in case of faulty or accidental activation).
  • Page 17 that your EPIRB gets back to you. If someone attempts to register an EPIRB reported as stolen, your national authority will notify the appropriate police department. Visit www.cospas-sarsat.org Servicing the manual release bracket To remove a beacon from the bracket, lift the latch and release the pressure from the beacon.
  • Page 18: Appendix A - The Cospas-sarsat System

    APPENDIX A - THE COSPAS-SARSAT SYSTEM EPIRBs transmit to the satellite portion of the Cospas-Sarsat system. Cospas-Sarast satellites are an international system that utilizes Russian Federation and United States’ low altitude, near-polar orbiting satellites (LEOSAR). These satellites assist in detecting and locating activated 406 MHz satellite beacons.
  • Page 19: Appendix B - Technical Specifications

    APPENDIX B - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Beacon size (without antenna) Beacon weight Beacon material Color Waterproof Buoyant Deployment Operational life Battery type and replacement interval Operating temperatures Storage temperatures Frequency Power output Digital message format Frequency Power output Modulation type Light color Output power Flash rate Range...
  • Page 20: Appendix C - Warranty, Useful Life Policy, Notices

    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. For further assistance, please contact our Technical Service Department at ACR Electronics, Inc., 5757 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-6645.

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