McMurdo A5 Smartfind EPIRB


McMurdo A5 Smartfind EPIRB- 406MHz Search and Resue EPIRB

Meeting the demands of both commercial mariners and recreational boaters, the new McMurdo SMARTFIND A5 is next generation EPIRB technology and comes complete with a Carry Safe Manual Bracket. A5 SMARTFIND is a 406 MHz EPIRB designed to operate with international search and rescue systems. Once removed from its Carry Safe Manual Bracket the unit can be activated manually by following the activation instructions printed on the unit.

Manully activated
Fast Response time
High visibility Strobe Light
Transmition time 48 Hours
Homing Signal
Battery life 7 years

Manual-only, the McMurdo A5 Smartfind EPIRB with rugged construction and boasts a super-long battery life of seven years.

Like all 406 beacons the SMARTFIND operates on the global COSPAS SARSAT 406MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, which is supported by international government search and rescue authorities around the world, so a call for help will be acted upon and fast. SMARTFIND is subscription free.

  • $287.48

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An EPIRB is intended to be a one-shot device, once activated it will transmit emergency alerts for at least 48 hours. The EPIRB will work best while floating in water, but can also be operated while on board a vessel, in a liferaft or on land (when placed on the ground). 

The EPIRB has a built-in self test capability that will confirm when the battery is healthy, both distress transmitters are functional and that the strobe light is operational. It is recommend to self test the EPIRB monthly, more frequent self testing can put unnecessary drain on the battery. When self testing, a specially coded test transmission is sent that will not alert the authorities. A self test can be made while the EPIRB is still in the CARRYSAFE bracket. The self test should be carried out during the first 5 minutes of the hour so as to minimise any disturbance of the emergency channels. 

Antenna Strobe light
Activation switch
Test button Lanyard
Flexible whip, should be near vertical when operating.
Flashing signal light, visible through the clear lens dome when the EPIRB is switched on.
Indicates the current operating status, visible through the clear lens dome.
Protected by a tear off anti-tamper tab. Break the tab upwards, push the switch in and move it fully left to activate the EPIRB.
Self test verifies the readiness of the EPIRB.
Pull the lanyard spool down to free it. Use the cord to tether the EPIRB to a PFD or survival craft. 

82-803A Smartfind A5 EPIRB retail pack

Non float free
Switch, protected by anti tamper seal.
Checks transmitters, battery and strobe light
406.028 MHz + 1 kHz
5 W typical
Phase (16K0GID)
121.5 MHz +3.5 kHz
50 mW radiated typical
Swept tone AM (3K20A3X)
Two high intensity LEDs
0.75 cd minimum
Lithium metal
48 hours minimum
Battery life 7 years
-20 °C to +55 °C -30°Cto+70°C
Immersion to 10m
Highly visible yellow
770 grams
21 cm X 18 cm X 39 cm
5.5m, 40Kg breaking strain Removable CARRYSAFE collar Cospas-Sarsat T.001/T.007
IEC 61097 -2, AS/NZS 4280.2

EPIRB Type Operation

406 MHz Transmitter 121.5 MHz Homer

Class 3

All Marine – Whangarei Ph 09 438 4499

Barton Marine – Wellington Ph  04 385 1490

Boat NZ – Christchurch Ph 03-384 3849

Cater Marine – Opua Ph 09 402 8292

H & M Pascoe Boatbuilders – Whitianga  Ph 07 866 5866

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Mobile Systems – Mt Maunganui Ph 07 575 2966

Oddies Marine – Picton Ph 03 573 8369

Sailors Corner – Westhaven, Auckland Ph 309 6153

Safety at Sea – Westhaven, Auckland Ph 0800 809 911

Steves Marine Supplies – Tauranga Ph 07 578 9593

Southern Ocean Safety Equipment – Bluff Ph  03 212 8893

Wild Outdoorsman - Hokitika      Ph 03 755 8947
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