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ACR Electronics and Their Boating Safety Partners Remind You APRIL 6th (Wednesday 4/06) is “406Day”

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“406Day” is a time to celebrate lives saved and create awareness on the responsibilities of 406 MHz beacon ownership.

 April 6th was proclaimed “406Day” by ACR Electronics, Inc. in 2013. It is a time to celebrate the over *40,000 lives saved by using 406 MHz beacons and the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite system. The day is intended to create online awareness on the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon; such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) or Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs).

What started off a few years ago as just a photo share contest on social media, has now become increasingly relevant as there are two items of legislation relevant promoting 406 MHz beacon ownership. On the national level, a bill was introduced offering an IRS incentive to persons who purchase a beacon. In Florida, Governor Scott recently signed a bill which, on average, will give boaters an average of a 15% to 20% discount on their boater registration fee annually *with proof of proper NOAA registration.

“406Day” has not only created **social media buzz but has also created useful content and has opened meaningful dialogue regarding safety precautions in the boating industry. ‘406Day’ should continue to grow with strategic partners in the multiple facets of the maritime industry, who have made the day what it is today,” shared Nichole Kalil, ACR Media Specialist. “406Day occurs during spring when most of the nation is gearing up for summer boating, the timing to share boating safety messages is perfect”, she added.

Some of the past and present “406Day” boating safety partners are as follows: National Safe Boating Council, Bonnier Group, AustinBlu Foundation, NOAA, Active Interest Media Group, USCG, OAR Northwest, George Poveromo, Sea Tow, Liquid Fire Fishing Team, ACA Paddle Sports, Boat US Foundation, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Parade, and West Marine.

*Source: Since the mid 1980’s 406 MHz beacons have saved approximately 40,000 lives worldwide. To learn more about 406 MHz beacons please visit NOAA’s website at: www.sarsat.noaa.gov.

**On social media search and post using: #safeboating #406Day and #savedbythebeacon

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Introducing the New ARTEX ELT 1000 Emergency Locator Transmitter with Built-In GPS Navigational Interface

Fort Lauderdale, FL – ACR Electronics, Inc. announces today that the all-new ELT 1000 (Emergency Locator Transmitter) has received its Cospas-Sarsat and FAA approvals and is now available for sale. The ARTEX ELT 1000 is competitively priced and designed with multiple installation configurations to reduce overall installation cost.

The state of the art electronics maximize frequency stability and power while incorporating a new, built-in GPS navigational interface. Including GPS data in the emergency transmission allows Search and Rescue personnel to know your location within 100 meters in less than a minute. Designed to accommodate multiple installation configurations, the new ELT 1000 is a quick, easy and affordable retrofit for obsolete 121.5 MHz ELTs.

ELT100_ISO_2Built under the exacting standards of AS9100C quality certification, the ELT 1000 exceeds all government and regulatory standards including the latest FAA guidelines with its new robust stainless steel mounting strap.

The ARTEX ELT 1000 features and specifications are listed below:

  • Quick and easy retrofit for general aviation aircraft
  • Single antenna output for emergency transmission on both 406 MHz (Cospas-Sarsat) and 121.5 MHz frequencies (local Search & Rescue)
  • Enhanced positional accuracy with a built-in GPS interface that does not require aircraft power
  • Encoded digital message broadcasts aircraft identification/registration and owner/emergency contact details
  • New stainless steel mounting strap for increased stability that complies with the most current FAA guidelines
  • Simple self-testing from the cockpit. When combined with 406Test.com, the self-test will provide SMS/e-mail confirmation within seconds that the ELT signal reached the satellites successfully
  • New hermetically sealed G-Switch for increased reliability

ARTEX designs and manufactures an array of ELT’s, battery packs and ELT accessories. ARTEX products serve a wide category of aircrafts ranging from general aviation to the world’s leading airframe manufacturers, large commercial airlines and government aircraft.


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Len & Lisa, ACR Survivors Use TWO Beacons for TWO Different Rescues

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ACR Electronics shares a first: within just six months a SurvivorClub replacement Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) saves a crew of three and their dog from the raging seas of the North Atlantic.

Just this past October, and without warning, Len and Lisa Rorke’s sailboat rudder broke and drifted away leaving the sailboat without any means of steering, forcing Len to activate their EPIRB. Their ACR GlobalFix iPRO EPIRB signal was received by the USCG who coordinated their rescue with a local fishing trawler which was 20 miles away. The good Samaritans aboard the trawler pulled the Rorkes, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Dexter, up on board and took them back to safety.

To everyone’s shock and disbelief not even six months later, lightning struck again. This time the couple, Dexter and a crew mate Henri Worthalter were 13 days into crossing the Atlantic Ocean, from the Turks and Caicos Islands, heading to the Mediterranean via The Azores. Their journey ended with two days of gale force winds and high seas which broke the rudder and aft bulkhead on their sailboat,The Blue Pearl. “We were 950 nautical miles from the Azores (about halfway between the Azores and Bermuda), and could not have been further from land if we tried. We had been battling heavy weather for a week and the last two days of storms battered our boat so badly that it sank right in the middle of the North Atlantic in huge seas, strong winds and in the dead of night”, stated Len, Captain of The Blue Pearl.

ImageForced into a life raft 900 miles north of Bermuda, the couple watched as their home sank before their eyes.  As fate would have it, their new EPIRB given to them just months before by ACR Electronics as part of the SurvivorClub program was put to proper use.  They activated the EPIRB once they got into their life raft and within minutes the EPIRB sent the USCG the exact location of the displaced crew.

The USCG District Command Center located two ships to help with the rescue the Tilda Kosan, a 351′ tanker, which was 32 nautical miles to the south of their position and an automated mutual-assistance vessel rescue ship (AMVER). The tanker reported they were six hours away from the EPIRB’s location and would divert off course to assist the distressed mariners. Around 12:30 a.m. the tanker located the life raft with Len, Lisa, Henri and Dexter whom the USCG previously identified.

Clearly relieved, Len said “We were extremely lucky to have survived but that luck came because we did everything right and without a question because we had properly registered our EPIRB, once again, with the US Coast Guard.”

Rescued, recovered but now homeless, the Rorkes are in good and grateful spirits despite watching their sailboat, their home just drop to the bottom of the ocean.  Their crewmate, Henri returned home to Europe but the Rorkes and Dexter were transported to Bermuda and then flown into South Florida. Currently they are residing at a good Samaritan’s home in Jupiter, FL while regrouping and raising money to join their family in the United Kingdom.

To read both of the Rorke’s survival stories please visit SurvivorClub.com.

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Whats the difference between a Personal Locator Beacons and Avalanche Beacons?

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We often get asked the question; what’s the difference between an Avalanche Beacon and an ACR 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon?

The answer essentially comes down to the fact that each beacon has 2 different jobs.  The easiest way to think about this is while both beacons are designed to aid in Search and Rescue, an avalanche beacon does the Searching, while a Personal Locator Beacon brings the Rescue.

Avalanche beacons are specifically designed to locate other 457 kHz signals buried under the snow.  An avalanche beacons is constantly transmitting a low powered pulsed signal during your skiing/snowboarding/snowmobiling trip and should you get caught in an avalanche, anyone in your party that is safe will switch their beacon from the transmitting mode to the receiving mode which allows use as a radio direction finder.   The searchers in your party use their beacons to find your location and dig you out of the snow.

Surviving the avalanche and getting out alive is the first major hurdle to overcome, but quickly your attention must turn to assessing injuries.  According to the US National Library of Medicine, the most frequent injuries are to your extremities, chest and/or spine.  Getting medical attention is imperative, but can also be extremely difficult in the backcountry depending upon your location and the extent of the injuries.  That is why a 406 MHz beacon is the perfect complimentary beacon to an avalanche beacon, it calls in the cavalry.

Avalanche sign and mountains at the backgroundAn ACR 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon, like the ResQLink,  utilizes the Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue Satellite System and provides the closest Search and Rescue Agency to your vicinity with your registration data, emergency contacts and location information.  Search and Rescue (SAR) forces use the GPS position (or coordinates based on triangulation if GPS data is not available) from the beacon along with the information you provide when you properly register your beacon to immediately set out on the rescue mission.  There is no subscription or activation fees with a Personal Locator Beacon, the only thing required is mandatory registration, which is what tells SAR forces who activated the beacon.

On average, 150 people lose there lives to avalanches each year.  While predicting and avoiding avalanches are becoming more and more reliable, anyone in these areas is always still at risk and should be well-trained in avalanche safety.  For more information and safety tips on Avalanche please check out National Ski Patrol, or find an avalanche safety course in your area.

Sources:
National Geographics
US National Library of Medicine


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ACR Employee Celebrates 30-year Anniversary!

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On Friday, March 1, 2013, one of our most dedicated employees celebrated her 30-year anniversary with ACR. Hired in 1983, Wilhemina Jackson began her ACR career as an Assembler where she worked to assemble mechanical items used in the production of our products. Wilhemina now works in our Rework department where she repairs PC boards, assists in the production of fixtures, builds batteries, and helps with some of the products sent in for repair.

When asked about the most rewarding part of her job, Wilhemina says she enjoys being able to make products that help save people’s lives.

Wilhemina lives close to our facility in Hollywood, Florida. She has two grown children and one granddaughter. Walking and spending quality time with her family are among her top interests outside of work.

In the past 30 years, Wilhemina has seen a lot of changes at ACR. She says our way of doing things and the products we make have changed quite a bit, especially in the last 10-15 years.

While a lot has changed at ACR in the last 30 years, one thing that has not changed is our undying committment to producing quality products that save lives. Congratulations Wilhemina!


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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-ACR/ARTEX is pleased to share that an unnamed Boy Scout chaperon was saved by a fellow chaperone’s use of a ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
Ten Boy Scouts and five adults set out on seven canoes for a 68-mile trip on the Colorado River. They docked for camp at Carrizo Campgrounds. Not long after setting up camp, one of the chaperons became recognizably ill. It quickly became evident that assistance from the paramedics was necessary.
Jeff Murdock, fellow Boy Scout chaperon tried various communication devices the troop had with them; communication devices ranging from cell phones to a marine radio to a hand radio. All of the attempted communication methods failed. The closest cell tower was 16 miles away.
Jeff then activated his ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Moments after he pushed the emergency button, his GPS position was determined and the satellite distress signal was sent to the US Air Force National Rescue Coordination Center with his coordinates. Help was soon on the way. “If we didn’t have that beacon, there would have been a very different outcome. With all that emergency equipment I had on me, it didn’t matter. It’s that beacon that worked,” said Jeff Murdock; San Diego, CA.

Jeff’s wife (his registered contact for the PLB) was notified by the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office that the PLB was activated. A ranger showed up on the camp site where Jeff and the patient were present, as soon as she could. Once the ranger was made aware of the severity of the call, she immediately requested a helicopter for medevac. A helicopter landed soon after the call was made and took the patient to the nearest medical facility for care. After care and treatment, the patient was stabilized and was sent home a couple of days later. He is safe and sound today.

ACR/ARTEX learned of Jeff’s story this past week and welcomed him to Survivor Club, this gives Jeff and all of our survivors the opportunity to share their story. These first-hand accounts educate fellow outdoor enthusiasts on the lifesaving advantage of carrying a distress beacon. Read Jeff’s survivor stories and others at: http://www.survivorclub.com.


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ACR EPIRB Onboard HMS Bounty Outlives 48 Hour Specs

 

The following article appears courtesy of Ocean Navigator

“HMS Bounty EPIRB Outlives 48 Hour Specs”

By Tim Queeny

The ACR Satellite 2 406 EPIRB that was turned on at 9 pm on Sunday night by the crew of the tall ship Bounty was reportedly not recovered during the rescue operation. And at the time of this writing the EPIRB is floating in the Atlantic, still transmitting. The unit has outlived its Coast Guard 48 hour at -4° F specification for operation. This is perhaps one positive outcome of theBounty sinking: that you can trust an EPIRB (with a charged battery) to do its job of bringing rescuers to your position.

According to Mikele D’Arcangelo, Marketing Manager for ACR Electronics, Inc. and ARTEX, ACR aims for its products to outperform government specs. “ACR Electronics is in the business of saving lives and we are exacting, obsessive, serious and accurate in the engineering and manufacture of our products,” D’Arcangelo said. “We design our products to outperform any regulation set for us by government agencies.”

Additional Reporting:

“Coast Guard Rescues 14 During Hurricane Sandy”

The Coast Guard Compass, the official blog of the U.S. Coast Guard

“Technology Speeds Rescue at Sea”

WWAY News Channel 3