Today is 406MHz beacon day! 406MHz beacons are used on vessels (EPIRBs), by outdoor enthusiasts (PLBs) and on aircraft (ELTs). 406 day serves as a reminder for 406 MHz beacon owners to update their NOAA registration. This can be done at https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov/.
Is your beacon registered? Each year NOAA’s satellites help Search and Rescue personnel by listening for 406MHz distress beacons. Every 406MHz beacon is required to be registered with the NOAA SARSAT office (https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov/). When a beacon goes off, Search and Rescue professionals first contact the registered owner and emergency contacts listed on the registration, which can save valuable time when looking for a beacon.
Did you know that the registration can be changed as often as needed due to changes in ownership, location of activities or even what flight path you are taking next? The more information that you include on your registration can help speed up response in the event of an emergency as well as help save resources by verifying false alerts quickly.
Check out NOAA’s EPIRB registration brochure for more information