More New MOB Alarms
Still awaiting FCC approval, the 4.2-ounce SafeLink R10 from Kannad Marine (www.kannadmarine.com) has a 2-watt transmitter that operates on the VHF frequencies used by AIS (Automatic Identification System). Equipped with a built-in GPS receiver, it sends a structured alert message, GPS position data, and a special identity code to AIS receivers within about four miles. The position data is updated every 60 seconds. (The first alert, 10 seconds after immersion, contains no GPS data.) Battery life is 24 hours, with a storage life of seven years. The beacon must be manually activated, but it can also be professionally installed to activate when an inflatable life jacket inflates. Retail price is set at $349.