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ACR Electronics Satellite3 406 RLB-38 Product Support Manual

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  • 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 _____________________________ 15 STEP FOUR - MAINTAINING THE BEACON ___________________________ 20 APPENDIX A - USING AND TESTING THE GPS SYSTEMS _________________ 25 APPENDIX B - THE COSPAS-SARSAT SYSTEM _________________________ 27 APPENDIX C - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS __________________________ 28 APPENDIX D - WARRANTY, USEFUL LIFE POLICY, NOTICES ______________ 29...
  • 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 2. Faxing a registration is also acceptable. Fax the registration form to the fax number on the top of the registration form. NOTE: Do not confuse the registration form with the ACR Electronics warranty card. 3. If online or fax registration is not available, mail the registration form with the...
  • Page 6 Registration outside of the United States In countries other than the United States, 406 MHz beacons are registered with that country’s national authority at the time of purchase. The sales agent should have assisted you in filling out the forms and sending them to the country’s national authority.
  • 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. // Activation switch with Witness Tab The activation switch embodies a special, patented method of activating a beacon.
  • Page 9 Strobes Top View Antenna Optional GPS Interface Green Activation/ Test Switch Switch Positions OFF/READY TEST ON/TRANSMITTING Position Position Position Y1-03-0250 Rev. B...
  • Page 10 Category 1 – SeaShelter™ Spring Release Knob Category 2 – QuickDraw™ Bracket Y1-03-0250 Rev. B Bracket HydroFix™ Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) Optional GPS Interface Cable Ejector Spring Antenna Hook Front cover hook (detent) Antenna Hook Water Sensor Deactivation Magnet Release Latch...
  • Page 11 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. Category I beacons are designed to be automatically deployed and activated in the event of a sinking vessel. The beacon may also be hand held on the deck of vessels, or floated in water and attached to a raft or life vest with the lanyard provided.
  • Page 12 Category I beacons-Automatic deployment and activation If the vessel sinks, the HydroFix™ HRU frees the beacon from the bracket, allowing it to float to the surface. Built-in sensors detect that the beacon is no longer in its bracket and when continuity is created by water between two of the top cap screws, an activation circuit is completed.
  • Page 13 Category I and II Beacons-Manual deployment and activation Both Category I and II beacons can be manually deployed by removing the beacon from the bracket. Once removed, the beacon can be activated by placing it in water OR by lifting the Activation Switch to a vertical position, sliding it toward the antenna and pushing down to the opposite side of the beacon.
  • Page 14 TIPS FOR OPTIMUM DEPLOYMENT OF AN ACTIVATED BEACON: When activating and deploying your beacon in an emergency, DO NOT: Hold or clutch the beacon or antenna Operate the beacon while hand held, if at all possible Turn the beacon off for any reason, including to save power Activate the beacon if you have any other means of self rescue Operate the beacon inside a life raft or under any other canopy or cover...
  • Page 15 False alarms To prevent false alarms, it is important to be aware of how your beacon can be activated. An ACR 406 MHz EPIRB can be activated by two different methods. Whether you have a Category I or Category II, these methods are the same.
  • Page 16: Step Three - Installing The Beacon

    STEP THREE - INSTALLING THE BEACON Marking battery and Hydrostatic Release Unit expiration dates NOTE: It is the beacon owner’s responsibility to record the expiration dates for both the beacon battery and the HydroFix™ hydrostatic release unit. This information must appear on the product itself. The left side of the battery housing indicates the battery expiry date.
  • Page 17 CAUTION: Category I brackets must be mounted free from obstruction to allow the beacon to automatically float free from the vessel in case of sinking. The SeaShelter surface with the beacon antenna pointing skyward or a horizontal surface with the beacon face up. Avoid mounting locations that subject the bracket to breaking waves.
  • Page 18 Category I bracket ™ Category I bracket has five pre-drilled screw holes to use The SeaShelter ™ lid by for securing the bracket to a flat surface. Remove the SeaShelter turning the spring loaded knob on the lid 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull. The lid will lift away from the top of the base and disengage at the bottom of the base.
  • Page 19 Category II bracket Category II 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 20 5. Installing the Optional optical GPS interface cable The beacon is fitted with an optical interface to connect with an external Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that will determine latitude longitude of its position. The black lead wire with white stripes should be connected to the output of the external GPS receiver positive transmitter pin.
  • Page 21: 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 22 Always refer battery replacement and any other beacon service to a factory authorized Service 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 23 Changing ownership or contact information As the owner of the beacon, it is your responsibility to advise the national authority of any change in the information on the registration form. If you are transferring the beacon to a new owner, you are required to inform the national authority.
  • Page 24 NOTE: Whenever a beacon is returned for service, it must be accompanied by the bracket. To remove the expired HRU When opening the SeaShelter the lanyard face in. Pull the beacon with steady pressure from the bracket. Do not get beacon wet while out of bracket. The HRU has a keying feature that locks it to the bracket.
  • Page 25 CAUTION: Do not force the lid closed. If the lid does not close easily, check to see that the beacon is properly installed in the bracket and the HydroFix™ is properly seated. Servicing the QuickDraw™ To remove a beacon from the Category II bracket, press the “PUSH” lever to release the beacon from the bracket.
  • Page 26: Appendix A - Using And Testing The Gps Systems

    APPENDIX A - USING AND TESTING THE GPS SYSTEMS How the external GPS interface works The beacon is fitted with an optical interface to connect with an external Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that will determine the latitude and longitude of its position. This data is transmitted to the emergency system.
  • Page 27 bypasses the normal, programmed, waiting time of 20 minutes for the automatic update of GPS position data. If no valid GPS position data is available, the beacon will keep the previously stored GPS position data for up to 4 hours. In this case, call ACR Customer Service at +1 (954) 981-3333 for instructions on how to reset the beacon with the default message.
  • Page 28: Appendix B - The Cospas-sarsat System

    APPENDIX B - THE COSPAS-SARSAT SYSTEM General overview 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 29: Appendix C - Technical Specifications

    APPENDIX C - 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 30: Appendix D - 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...
  • Page 31 EC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY ACR Electronics hereby declares that the following product is in conformity with Council Directive 96/98/EC of 20 December 1996 on Marine Equipment (MED) last amended by Commission Directive 2009/26/EC of 6 April 2009, and has been type examined as described in this Declaration.

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