Anyone feel like explaining how EPERB’s work?<br><br>Do they work <strong>anywhere</strong> in the world? <br>Who comes for you?<br>Has anyone here ever had to use one in a emergency?<br>

It is an EPIRB “emergency position idicating radiobeacon”<br><br>There is a wealth of information on wikipedia.<br><br>They do work anywhere, and work real good. I had a call from the office a few years back wanting to know if I was sinking. I was like, NO…I am the dock. The office said the Coast Guard called the office after picking up our EPIRB signal. The deck crew just started washing on top of the bridge and one of the guys activated the EPIRB with a scrub brush.

<h3><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0e/New_C-S_System_Overview.jpg/400px-New_C-S_System_Overview.jpg]</h3><br><h2><span class="mw-headline]How they work</span></h2>
All the systems work something like this: A beacon is activated by a
crash, a sinking, or manually by survivors. The beacon’s transmission
is picked up by one or more satellites. The satellite transmits the
beacon’s signal to its ground control station. The satellite’s ground
station processes the signals and forwards the data, including
approximate location, to a national authority. The national authority
forwards the data to a rescuing authority. The rescuing authority uses
its own receiving equipment to locate the beacon and makes the rescue
or recovery. Once the satellite data is in, it takes less than a minute
to forward the data to any signatory nation.There are several systems in use, with beacons of varying expense,
different types of satellites and varying performance. Note that even
the oldest systems provide an immense improvement in safety, compared
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I did a short video on the difference between and EPIRB, ELT and PLB, it gives a brief introduction on how they work:<span class="next]</span>EPIRB, GPIRB, ELT, PLB… What’s The Difference?