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The world's newest compact personal location beacon, FAST FIND, from McMurdo has now been approved for sale in the USA. The approval has been given following a notification of the Grant of Authorization certification issued under the authority of the Federal Communications Commission for the FAST FIND model 200 range of PLBs.
Both models in the range, the standard 200 model and the GPS equipped 210 model, were launched only this month. FAST FIND is the most compact, waterproof and versatile 406 MHz emergency location beacon available on the market today.
FAST FIND weighs just 5.3 oz (150g) and with dimensions of D 1.34"(34mm) x W 1.85" (47mm) x L 4.17" it will slip into the smallest pocket or back pack compartment. Users can be confident of being able to alert professional search and rescue services if they are unlucky enough to encounter life threatening situations, even in the most remote parts of the world. FAST FIND retails at just $299 plus tax for the 210 model including 50 channel integral GPS.
FAST FIND complies with tough international standards. It operates on the global COSPAS SARSAT 406MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, which is supported by international government search and rescue authorities around the world, so a call for help will be acted upon and fast. The FAST FIND is subscription free and does not rely on commercial call centres.
Both FAST FIND models transmit two signals simultaneously, one to the subscription free global 406 MHz satellite system. The other (121.5MHz) is a homing signal designed to speed up the local recovery response process. The FAST FIND 210 additionally has integral 50-channel GPS for additional pinpoint location, further speeding up time of location. Once activated, FAST FIND's signals will continue to transmit for at least 24 hours, at a powerful 5 watt output, the 406 MHz transmission ensures that a call for help gets through whatever the conditions.
FAST FIND also includes a unique SOS LED flash light facility which is manually activated to further assist in speeding up the user's recovery during night time rescues.
FAST FIND will operate in temperatures down to -20°c and its integral battery has a user storage life of 5 years. FAST FIND is manufactured by McMurdo, who have produced emergency location beacons for more than 20 years. The company has used the latest developments and improvements in electronic design and manufacturing to produce its latest world beating personal location beacon.