Today — April 6 — is designated 406Day, according to ACR Electronics, a Florida company that makes emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) and personal location or locator beacons (PLBs). Today, the company joins forces with a growing number of supporters and boating-safety partners to raise awareness about these 406 MHz emergency devices in this sixth annual observance.
The company, and its brands Ocean Signal and ARTEX, ask social-media posters to include #406Day18 when posting to share advice and experiences and to thank rescue authorities of to celebrate a life saved.
“406Day has grown from a photo share contest to being a real community builder in the industry,” says Nichole Kalil, ACR Electronics public affairs and media manager. “I look forward to seeing this concept grow in the Outdoors and Aviation industries as 406 technology is just as pertinent for their safety needs.”
EPIRBs, PLBs and ELTs (Emergency Locator Transmitters for aviation) operate on a frequency of 406 MHz and transmit a unique digital code that identifies it and allows registration data about the vessel/craft and its owner to be associated with the device. ACR offers the following advice to beacon owners:
- Check the battery expiration date.
- Update your beacon registration.
- Ensure your beacon is properly mounted.
- Test your beacon.
Florida boat owners are reminded that they qualify for the Beacon Bill discount.