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ACR ELECTRONICS PLB-350B Product Support Manual

406 mhz personal locator beacons.
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  • Page 1 Y1-03-0241C...
  • Page 2 CAUTION: Before proceeding to install, test or use your new ACR Electronics’ product, please read this Product Support Manual in its entirety. If you have questions regarding the contents of the manual or something not covered in the manual, please contact our Technical Service Department at ACR Electronics, Inc., Telephone +1 (954)
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    APPENDIX D - WARRANTY, USEFUL LIFE POLICY, NOTICES ________ 21 NOTE re: Applicable products This manual supports all configurations of PLB-350B beacons. In addition to the part numbers listed on the cover page, other configurations of these products may be available, thus you may have purchased a product configuration with a different version of the part number (for example, 2880.63).
  • 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 PLB 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...
  • Page 6: Step Two - How The Beacon Works

    Registration in Canada Canadian residents can register online at: or contact the Canadian Beacon Registry by phone at: 877-406-7671 or by fax at: 877-406-3298. Canadian Beacon Registry CFB Trenton, PO Box 1000 Stn Forces Astra, Ontario K0K 3W0 Registration in Other Countries In countries other than the United States and Canada, 406 MHz beacons are registered with that country’s national authority at the time of purchase.
  • Page 7 The 406 MHz signal is detected by multiple satellites and from that information the location of the beacon can be calculated. This data alone is sufficient for SAR to find persons or ships in distress in a reasonable timeframe. However, as a further enhancement, some beacons have a GPS engine onboard.
  • Page 8 3. Anatomy of your beacon UIN Label: Applied at FRONT BACK the factory, the 15 Antenna: character hexadecimal Wrapped number is unique to around each beacon. beacon Multi-language label: Antenna This optional label may latch be applied for ease of use.
  • Page 9 4. Distinguishing PLB Features The distinguishing features available on your PLB vary with the particular model that you selected. The following table summarizes the similarities and differences in models. PLB-350B AquaLink™ 406 GPS PLB SARLink™ 406 GPS PLB Product names...
  • Page 10 NOTE: The appearance of your key pad may vary from this picture. ON / OFF Button Activation (visible only when diagram antenna is deployed) When activated: (Red LED) transmitting 406 MHz during activation (Green LED) 406 MHz Self-test / includes GPS data GPS Test Button (IR LED) Programming...
  • Page 11 6. Activation (406 MHz and 121.5 MHz) To activate your beacon in a distress situation, follow these steps (see Figure 3 below). 1) Unfasten the antenna from the case. 2) Move it into the upright position 3) Depress the ON/OFF ( ) button for 1 full second.
  • Page 12 will stop blinking and the red LED will flash once every 2 seconds until new GPS data is obtained. 9. GPS receiver orientation When activated, it is critical that you do not cover the beacon with any body part, water, clothing, etc. The GPS receiver is located under the bottom portion of the case behind the product logo (see Figure 4).
  • Page 13 11. Preventing false alerts A false alert is any activation of the beacon, intentional or otherwise, that does not result from a situation of grave and imminent danger. Be sure to do the following to help minimize false alerts: Register your beacon. This does not reduce false alert rates; however, when the beacon is properly registered, the situation can usually be resolved with a phone call.
  • Page 14: Step Three - Maintaining Your Plb

    To report false alerts outside of the USA, contact the national authority where your beacon is registered. STEP THREE - MAINTAINING YOUR PLB 1. Routine Maintenance Carefully inspect the beacon case for any visible cracks. Cracks may admit moisture, which could falsely activate the beacon or otherwise cause a malfunction.
  • Page 15 Green LED, strobe flash batteries. Failed Self-test: Return unit Red LED with or without beep, to ACR for service. Less Less than 4 additional “beeps”, than hours Red LED, strobe flash (PLB-350B transmission life is left in the only) batteries. Y1-03-0241C...
  • Page 16 4. Battery witness seal failure If your beacon flashes an initial red LED at the beginning of the Self- test, this indicates that your electronic witness has been broken and you have used more than the allotted battery life for self-testing. While the beacon will still operate normally in a distress situation, ACR strongly recommends you have your battery replaced and the electronic witness reset to ensure that you will have 24 hours of battery power.
  • Page 17 6. Changing ownership or contact information As the owner of the beacon, it is your responsibility to advise the national authority of any change in your registration information. If you are transferring the beacon to a new owner, you are required to inform the national authority.
  • Page 18: Appendix A - Accessories

    APPENDIX A - ACCESSORIES 1. Multi-Function Belt Clip The SARLink™ comes standard with a multi- function belt 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 5).
  • Page 19 Attachment Clip AquaLink™ comes standard with 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 20: Appendix B - The Cospas-sarsat System

    APPENDIX B - THE COSPAS-SARSAT SYSTEM 1. General overview Beacons 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 21: Appendix C - Technical Specifications

    APPENDIX C - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 406 MHz Transmitter Frequency 406 MHz Output Power greater than 5 watts (typical: 6.3 watts) Frequency Stability ±2 parts per billion/100ms Digital Message: Format Long message Serialized Message protocol Standard Location Duration 520 ms Rate 400 bps Encoding Biphase L...
  • Page 22: 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 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-6645.
  • Page 23 EC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY ACR Electronics, Inc. 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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