Ocean Signal Rescue ME EPIRB1 Review

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The Nitty Gritty

  • Priced in the $450-$600 range.
  • 10 year battery life.
  • The powerful 406 mhz distress signal.
  • It floats.
  • Manual activation or self activation if removed from bracket and underwater.
  • Protective tab to prevent accidental activation.

Ocean Signal Rescue ME EPIRB

The Ocean Signal Rescue ME EPIRB1 is one of the world’s smallest, most portable and effective personal emergency response system (PIRBS). It features a powerful 406 MHz signal and GPS capabilities to send out a distress call to orbiting satellites. The lightweight device has a long battery life, and the antenna is easy to deploy with a gentle pull.

The Ocean Signal rescueME EPIRB1 is a GPS-enabled personal emergency response beacon with an extended range of use. It works with Cospas Sarsat, the only worldwide search and rescue satellite network. It is an extremely effective personal safety device, but should only be used in cases of serious threat to life or property. It is designed to prevent accidental activation, and its protective tab over the operating keys allows for easy operation.

The Ocean Signal rescueME EPIRB1 has a 10-year battery life and is compact enough to be placed in an emergency grab bag, life raft, or rescue gear. Its ease-of-use and a long battery life make it an excellent choice for personal and commercial use. The device is registered in England and is manufactured by Global Telesat Communications, which is headquartered in Poole, Dorset.


  1. The Ocean Signal rescueME EPIRB1 operate on the 406 MHz frequency. Each 406 MHz beacon can send a unique digital code that identifies the type of beacon and that allows registration data to be associated with the beacon. The registration data provides information like who owns the EPIRB, information about their boat, who are the beacon owners emergency points of contact; and much more.
  2. After the satellite receives a beacon emergency distress signal, it relays the signal to earth stations referred to as local user terminals (LUT) which computes the location of the distress beacon, and forwards the distress alert automatically to the respective Mission Control Center (MCC).
  3. The Mission Control Center reviews all the alerts and registration data and works with the appropriate Search and Rescue authority such as a national Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) or a foreign SAR Point of Contact (SPOC).
  4. The RCC investigates the beacon alert and launches assets to find the parties in distress when necessary.
  5. The beacons GPS data is continuing to update Search and Rescue of your exact location, and the EPIRBs 121.5 MHz homing signal provides Search and Rescue with a direct path to you.