ACR Electronics Launches 406Linkonline

The 406Linkonline subscription is available to users in North and South America.

A 406Link service subscription is $49 a year. Courtesy ACR Electronics

ACR Electronics has launched its upgraded 406Linkonline beacon testing and messaging service, which lets users in North and South America receive satellite self-test confirmation of their 406 MHz epirbs and personal locator beacons.

The service sends a custom 406Link message to as many as five mobile and email contacts within a few seconds, according to ACR Electronics.

“406Link is a unique technology that can offer every beacon owner and their loved ones greater peace of mind by enabling them to self-test and verify their location before they head to sea or on an outdoor adventure,” Mikele D’Arcangelo, vice president of global marketing and product management, stated in a press release. “Beacon owners should remember that no subscriptions are required to notify search-and-rescue forces around the world of your emergency distress message. The authorities will respond when you press the activation button in an emergency, even if your 406Link subscription lapses.”


The 406Link service has a subscription price of $49 a year.

How does 406Link work? It sends an encoded test signal to the Cospas-Sarsat network of search-and-rescue satellites. That signal is received and then picked up by ACR ground stations. They send a confirmation message to the beacon owner and specified contacts via email and SMS text message. 

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