For sale, A McMurdo Pains Wessex Fastfind Plus 406 PLB EPIRB w/ Internal GPS Fastfind PLB model 82-825-004A
This is still the current model sold at http://www.landfallnavigation.com/spwff1.html
for $549 if bought from store today. I am selling this for $195.00* and will ship it UPS ground for that price to anywhere in the US.
I accept Paypal but your primary source of payment must be your bank account (otherwise if you used a credit or debit card with my consumer account, I am charged a 4 percent fee and have a annual limit of 5 such transactions). *Cost is $205 via Paypal if you use a credit or debit card as your primary funding Paypal source.
From the web site:
When activated in an emergency the McMurdo Pains Wessex Fastfind Plus 406Mhz alert signal, along with your person identity information and your exact location (within 98 feet), is transmitted to Cospas-Sarsat satellites, and forwarded to a rescue coordination center — typically within 3 minutes. At the same time, its local 121.5 Mhz homing signal begins broadcasting, allowing rescue personnel to find you fast, without any wasted time or effort. The Fastfind Plus is waterproof, of course: its pressure-resistance allows it to be used even by divers, check out the dive canister as well. Has an integral device to fasten to a lifejacket or foul weather gear. Battery is good for 5 years without use, 24 hours constant use, and is user-replaceable. Weighs 11 ounces, measures 3" x 6" x 2.1". FCC Approved July 1, 2003
• Built-in GPS receiver • Weighs just 11 oz. • Global alert to Cospas-Sarsat satellites • 406MHz transmitter • 121.5 MHz homing frequency • Alert time within typically 3 minutes • Positional accuracy to typically 98 feet • Positional updates every 20 minutes • Compact and stylish • Includes battery pack good to +158°F to -4°F (+158°F to -104°F arctic battery pack is available) • User replaceable battery packs
Note: on my scale, it weighs 11.9 oz without the plastic strap that is attached to the PLB, 12.3 oz with the strap.
I am the only owner of this device, it is 18 months old – the battery life is 5 years without use and can be user replaced. The listed battery expiration date on the box for this serial number unit is March 2011.
Compare this with the ACR ResQFix 406 GPS PLB which costs $599 on the web (more if bought locally), you will be spending $350 to save only 1 oz of weight.
To use this device in an emergency in the USA, you need to register the device with http://www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov – registration form is included in the box. There is no charge to register. Usage is limited only for life-threatening emergencies. For more information, visit http://www.sarsat.noaa.gov
These devices can save your life. According to SarSat, 68 people who used a PLB were rescued in 35 incidents, and along with other people rescued using a variety of signaling devices supported by SarSat, 6,052 have been rescued since the program’s inception.
Original packaging, manual, and carrying case is included, along with a miniature manual that weighs .4 oz is included.