Switch to 406

ESSENTIAL DISTRESS BEACON INFORMATION

121.5 MHz distress beacons are no longer detected by satellite.

You MUST switch to a 406 MHz distress beacon as soon as possible.

Do not risk your life by relying on a 121.5 MHz distress beacon. 

After 1 Feb 2010, old analogue EPIRBs and PLBs operating on 121.5 MHz are no longer licenced for use.

Registration of your 406 MHz Distress Beacon is valid for two years.  If you need to renew your registration, see here for further details.

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REGISTER OR UPDATE YOUR 406 MHz DISTRESS BEACON

Registration is free.

Register your 406 MHz distress beacon with AMSA to assist the search and rescue response.
Register online (preferred and fastest option), by email or fax.

For those who already have a registered 406 MHz distress beacon, you can also update or add your next trip's details online at any time.

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Take care of your GPS

CHECK YOUR DISTRESS BEACON'S BATTERY

Look after your distress beacon, and it will look after you.

AMSA's latest collaboration with Fishing Australia host Rob Paxevanos explains the importance of looking after your 406 MHz distress beacon. The 30 second Community Service Announcement can be viewed here.

To view previous collaborations with Rob Paxevanos and Fishing Australia, click here.


Disposal of your old beacons

DISPOSAL

Be responsible.

Unwanted beacons must be disposed of responsibly. Dispose of your unwanted distress beacon at no cost by placing them in collection bins in any Battery World store around Australia.

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FAQ Brochures

FAQ

Print your Frequently Asked Questions brochure here