Follow up Epirb's Thread 66807

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 13:46
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As the discussion yesterday on Epirbs & Plb's.For any one who may be intereseted in them.
Today i purchased the PLB 410G the one with GPS @ Olbis online for $599.00 plus $5 postage & the plb 410 was $499.00 plus the postage. I only purchased the GPS one though.:)
These were a lot cheaper than jonny Appleseed.
Cheers,
Bob.
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Reply By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 15:28

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 15:28
$599 and $469 at Whitworth Marine.

No connection yada yada....
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Follow Up By: Robert H (SEQ)(aka zuksctr) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 17:19

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 17:19
Good price as well.
Bob.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 16:09

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 16:09
Hi Bob
Make sure that you register the unit with Canberra. It will take a few months to get the registration back, but you must attach the registration label on the unit. Also do not play around with the unit, as once it is activated and turned off, they are a through away unit and can not be reactivated. After 7 years, you will have to send the unit back to GME for a new internal battery.

In the event of a true emergency and a rescue has to be launched, providing you get a full report from the authorities, GME will give you a new unit for free.

I, like you, have the 410G and hope that we never have to use it
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Follow Up By: Robert H (SEQ)(aka zuksctr) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 17:22

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 17:22
Thanks for the info Stephen.
Ditto for not having to use it.

Bob.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 09:46

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 09:46
Throw away unit ? NOT , has test function with 'key' which is on lanyard , unit can also be switched off by use of the 'key' if accidently activated , unit would then require new antenae safety seal , battery life according to GME is 9 yrs from first time unit is put into "test"mode.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 10:20

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 10:20
Should read 7 yrs NOT 9yrs , oops,
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Follow Up By: Ups and Downs - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 10:35

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 10:35
Stephen

For the benefit of others who need to register, best to do it online.

The sticker will come back in around a week.

Paul
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 11:39

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 11:39
"Throw away unit ? NOT , has test function with 'key' which is on lanyard , unit can also be switched off by use of the 'key' if accidently activated , unit would then require new antenae safety seal , battery life according to GME is 9 yrs from first time unit is put into "test"mode."

Hopefully everyone else understands the significant difference between Testing and Activating an EPIRB !
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:59

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:59
Hi Axel and Mike DID
The information that I have supplies is 100% CORRECT!!!!
The ultimate word is ACTIVATE! I have one of these units and am well aware of the testing mode, which are two different things.

To Activate the unit, you must break the seal and extend the antenna, the strobe light will flash and the signal will start to be transmitted. It is at this stage that the unit is activated and even if turned off, there is no way of rendering the unit reusable. We sell the units at my work and if you do not take my word for it, contact GME and ask the very question re activation, because I did.

In this way, it will make people be aware that they are not a toy and a very serious safety unit. Like I said above, in the event of a true activation and the Emergency services are put in place and it is a life threatening situation (Not just ran out of fuel or a flat tyre which has happened in the past) and a full report is obtained by the search authorities, GME will give you a new PLB for free, WHY, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO BE REACTIVATED!!

Next time before you try to shoot the messenger, please be aware of the true facts.

I hope this clears this up for everybody.

Cheers

Stephen
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:26

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 15:26
Stephen , not trying to shoot the messinger at all , but the facts are that if acidentally activated by extending the antenna you have 60 seconds to DEACTIVATE the unit with no signal having been sent , read your instruction book fully , as for GME "giving "a replacement after use , ROFLMAO. After use the unit is in need of refurbishment , ergo back to GME for a factory battery replacement and security seal ,,, not free.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 18:51

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 18:51
Axel,
I am fully aware of the battery replacement every 7 years, but I am only quoting what I have been told by out GME rep. He has told me that they are not a refurbish unit once activated and signal transmitted, that is why they will give a free one in a true rescue.

Cheers

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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 08:35

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 08:35
Hi All, couldnt wait till the working week.

Got a GME MT 410 at Midland Gun & Tackle. $490.

Im happy......Thanks Davoe.


Cheers.....Lionel.

ps, thanks all for your advice on this and the previous Epirb thread.
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