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ACR Electronics GlobalFix 2842 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 ___________________________ 19 APPENDIX A - USING AND TESTING THE GPS SYSTEMS __________________ 25 APPENDIX B - THE COSPAS-SARSAT SYSTEM __________________________ 26 APPENDIX C - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ___________________________ 27 APPENDIX D - WARRANTY, USEFUL LIFE POLICY, NOTICES _______________ 28...
  • 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...
  • 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. Antenna Water Activation Sensors Strobe Light Red/Green LEDs // Activation switch with Witness Tab The activation switch embodies a special, patented method of activating a beacon.
  • Page 9 Strobes Antenna Top View Activation/Test Switch Green Internal GPS Receiver Switch Positions TEST Position ON/TRANSMITTING OFF/READY Position Position Y1-03-0242 Rev. B...
  • Page 10 Category 1 – SeaShelter™ Spring Release knob Category 2 – LowPro™ Release Latch Y1-03-0242 Rev. B Bracket HydroFix™ Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) Bracket Antenna hook Ejector spring Antenna hook Front cover hook (detent) Water Sensor Deactivation Magnet Front Cover Release Tabs...
  • 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 Activation Without Deployment The beacon can be manually activated while still in its bracket by placing the Activation Switch in the ON position. Activation by this method overrides all sensors and turns the beacon “ON.” Push the main switch up 90 degrees, slide toward antenna and all the way...
  • 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 Do not mount or transport the beacon within 4.6ft/1.4m of a magnetic source. Do not store the beacon outside of its bracket. Do not mount the EPIRB backwards in its bracket (lanyard roll must face in). Do not clean the beacon with a water hose and brush while out of its bracket.
  • 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 CAUTION: Keep this beacon a safe distance away from all magnetic sources. Magnet safe distance is 4.6ft or 1.4m, including the distance from stereo speakers. Category I bracket ™ Category I bracket has five pre-drilled screw holes to use The SeaShelter for securing the bracket to a flat surface.
  • 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: 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 21 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 22 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 23 To remove the expired HRU When opening the SeaShelter 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. If you view the HRU rod as the center of a clock, a properly installed HRU will rest at the 7 o’clock position, as shown in the picture above.
  • Page 24 Servicing the LowPro To remove a beacon from the Category II bracket, lift the latch and release the pressure from the beacon. The beacon will now be able to slide upwards out of the bracket. It is not anticipated that the LowPro cleaning or, rarely, replacement.
  • Page 25 Extended GPS test The beacon may be tested for GPS functionality, however, this may only be done once in the five-year lifetime of the battery due to the significant drain on the battery. This test is not necessary at any time in the life of the beacon, but is made available in the event that the beacon owner wishes to verify internal GPS engine viability.
  • Page 26: Appendix A - Using And Testing The Gps Systems

    APPENDIX A - USING AND TESTING THE GPS SYSTEMS Internal GPS position system The GlobalFix™ PRO is fitted with an internal GPS receiver that will determine the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the beacon’s position on the globe, to be transmitted to the Cospas-Sarsat emergency system. When the beacon is turned on, the internal GPS is immediately turned on and it attempts to acquire positional coordinates.
  • Page 27: 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 28: 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 29: 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 30 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.
  • Page 31 SBM Providers: ACR only authorizes battery replacements and shore based maintenance to be performed by certified ACR service providers. Manufacturer: ACR Electronics Inc. 5757 Ravenswood Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Signed on behalf of ACR Electronics Inc. Signed:___________________________________________________________ Name: Title: ACR Electronics, Inc. is registered by Y1-03-0242 Rev. B 406™...

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