Rip Rap February 2007 Issue

USCG: Time to Ditch Those 121.5/243 MHz EPIRBs

The U.S. Coast Guard instituted a ban on the use of both 121.5 and 243 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) on Jan. 1, 2007, in preparation for Feb. 1, 2009, when satellite processing of distress signals from all 121.5/243 MHz beacons will terminate.

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