- Instruction manual
- Quick reference placard
- Registration forms
- Float free housing
MT403FF 406 MHz EPIRB Float Free Auto-Release
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) compliant MT403FF is a 'state of the art'Enclosed satellite distress beacon designed to operate in conjunction with the COSPAS-SARSAT International Satellite Search and Rescue System.
Designed to meet the most demanding regulatory approvals the GME MT403FF is a Class 2, Category 1 EPIRB in a fully enclosed float free housing with a Hammar HRU that will release the beacon at a certain depth, the beacon will then automatically activate.
Using the same innovative technology that produced the MT400 and revolutionised the EPIRB world, the MT403FF now offers commercial vessel operators the same GME performance and value enjoyed by recreational boaters. A key feature of the MT403 series is the use of non-hazardous battery packs that are IATA compliant and allow for restriction free transportation.
The cost of 406 MHz beacon ownership has been dramatically lowered by the introduction of the MT403FF. GME's unique energy conserving microprocessor technology enables the battery replacement period to be extended to 6 years. This technology has significantly reduced both the size and accordingly the replacement price. The MT403FF is factory programmed with a unique serial number which should be registered with the appropriate national Search and Rescue Authority. In many countries, authorities permit the EPIRB to be coded with the vessel's Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number or Radio Call Sign. This reprogramming is undertaken by a GME authorised Dealer.
Advantages of a 406 MHz EPIRB over the older analogue EPIRBs include world wide coverage, position location accuracy to within 5 kms, and a more stable transmitted signal resulting in faster response time. Most importantly, the addition of a unique digitally coded message provides Search and Rescue authorities with vital information including the country of beacon registration and identification of the vessel in distress, thus greatly reducing the incidence of false alerts and unneccesary deployment of valuable rescue resources.
An auxiliary homing transmitter is included in the MT403FF to enable suitably equipped Search and Rescue vessels to home in on the distress beacon.
GME has been designing and manufacturing EPIRB's for over 30 years, in that time literally hundreds of lives have been saved in Australia and around the world.
- Unrivaled in technology, performance and price.
- COSPAS-SARSAT worldwide operation.
- Ground breaking microprocessor based design, delivers unparalleled performance and value.
- Meets AS/NZ 4280.1:2003 standards. C/S T.001/007. IMO A810 (19).
- Zero warm-up digital technology.
- Non-hazardous IATA compliant battery pack for restriction free transportation.
- High intensity solid state strobe.
- Enclosed in a UV resistant float free housing that automatically deploys and activates the EPPIRB when submersed to a depth of 2-4 metres.
- Rugged easy-to-mount design.
- 6 Year battery life.
- Easy, in-built self-test with audio / visual alert.
- 6 Year GME Warranty.
|MODES OF OPERATION|
|Activated||UHF (406) and VHF (homer) complete with high intensity strobe and audible activation alert|
|Self Test||Comprehensive internal diagnostics with visual and audible operator feedback. UHF test message (inverted synchronization compatible with portable beacon testers). Full carrier unmodulated VHF test burst|
|Compliance||GMDSS compatible and meets the latest IMO A810-19 requirements|
|Activation||Manually by operator and automatic when deployed in water|
|Duration||48 hours minimum|
|Transmission Delay||121.5 and 406 MHz distress signals commence 60 seconds after activation|
|Warm Up||None required (due to digital frequency generation)|
|VHF||121.5 MHz; 50 mW ± 3 dB; swept tone AM|
|UHF||406.037 MHz; 5 W ± 2 dB; PSK (digital)|
|Strobe||20 flashes/minute at > 0.75 cd effective intensity|
|UHF-Protocol/Data||Serial number*; radio call sign; MMSI|
|Repetition Period||50 s mean digitally generated randomization|
|Replacement Period||Prior to expiry date marked on EPIRB case|
|Replacement Method||Authorised Service Centre|
|Chemistry||LiMnO2 (0.49 g Lithium per cell)|
|Configuration||5 parallel packs each of 2 series cells|
|Operating||-20˚C to +55˚C|
|Storage||-30˚C to +70˚C|
|EPIRB Weight||555g (nominal)|
|Antenna||Flexible self-straightening stainless steel design|
|EPIRB Dimensions||102 (W) x 260 (H) x 83 (D) mm|
|Materials||UV stabilized plastic chassis|
|Performance||IEC 61097; IEC 60945; AS/NZS 4280.1; ETSI EN 300 066|
|Transport Class||Exempt from UN3091|
|Patent Number||GB2420058; other patents applied for.|
|AUTO RELEASE HOUSING|
|Release||Automatically before reaching 4m water depth or manually by operator|
|Protection||Impact resistant housing fully encloses EPIRB for environmental protection|
|Mounting||On flat surface fixed at 4 points to vessel - refer to instruction manual for placement|
|Housing Weight||1.1kg (nominal)|
|Housing Dimensions||157.5 (W) x 385.5 (H) x 102.5 (D) mm|
|Materials||Marine grade stainless steel and long life UV polypropylene stabilised enclosure|
|Routine Service||Fully user replaceable HRU at 2 year intervals as per applicable authority requirements|
|Retention Lanyard||Buoyant type approximately 5.5m long|
|Reflector||SOLAS retro-reflective tape encircling unit above waterline|
|Solid State Strobe||High reliability solid state design exceeds IMO requirements|
|Compass Safe Distance||0.7m (EPIRB in auto release housing)|
|*Standard factory setting||subject to national requirements. Retailer programmable via external interface.|
|**All specifications are typical and subject to change without notice or obligation|