406 EMERGENCY BEACONS
Available for hire through the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre
HIRE COSTS (Southland Locator Beacon Charitable Trust):
- 1 Day: $15 (must be returned by 4.30pm on the day!)
- 3 Days: $30
- 7 Days: $40
- After first week of hire at $40: Every subsequent week: $30 per week
The International Cospas-Sarsat System has ceased satellite processing of 121.5/243 MHz beacons on 1 February 2009. All beacon owners and users should replace their 121.5/243 MHz beacons with 406 MHz beacons as soon as possible.|
The old 121.5 MHz and 243 MHz distress beacons no longer generate an alert or give your location. The satellite system that supports these old beacons has ceased to operate (with effect 1 February 2009).
How the 406MHz Monitoring System works
1. A distress beacon is activated.
2. The signal is transmitted to the nearest sub-orbital satellite. These can be satellites that remain in stationary position over the same area of the earth's surface or those that are constantly circling the earth in polar orbits.
3. The signal is transmitted from the satellites to the nearest local user terminal (LUT). These are placed around the globe, to ensure signals are received almost immediately.
4. The signal is passed to the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand.
5. The RCCNZ mobilizes rescue resources and directs them to the coordinates of the signal.
So you have an enjoyable and safe time during your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park follow these 5 simple rules...
1. PLAN YOUR TRIP
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
2. TELL SOMEONE
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Visit the AdventureSmart Website to file an intentions form with someone you trust!
3. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Check out the Arthur's Pass Weather Forecast here.
4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
5. TAKE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.
For more information, visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz/land-adventures