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McMurdo FastFind Ranger PLB
McMurdo FastFind Ranger PLB
McMurdo FastFind Ranger PLB
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McMurdo FastFind Ranger PLB

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The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB is a rugged, handheld, and waterproof (non-buoyant) GPS-enabled rescue beacon which is small enough to be easily carried in a back-pack or pocket. Upon initiation of a distress call, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB's built-in GPS will fix your position to within a few meters and then utilizes a powerful 406 MHz signal to relay your distress call to orbiting satellites. 

McMurdo PLB Fast Find Ranger Key Features:

Subscription Free

Unlike most satellite enabled notification devices, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB requires no monthly or annual subscription,and does not rely on commercial call centres, meaning your request for help is received directly by Search and Rescue authorities. This makes the McMurdo Fastfind Ranger one of the most cost effective GPS enabled emergency beacons available for long term use. 


The McMurdo Fastfind Ranger can be easily activated by simply deploying the antenna, pulling the anti-tamper seal and pressing the ON button. 

When manually triggered, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB broadcasts a unique registered distress signal that not only tells rescuers where you are, but who you are. This is typically within 5 minutes, but can be up to 45 minutes depending on satellite coverage.  The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB features a 121.5 MHz secondary homing transmitter which means that once Search and Rescue teams have been deployed, they are able to home in on your exact location.

SOS Light

The unit also features a flashing SOS light which can be used to attract attention low visibility environments, especially rescues at night.

Battery Life

The McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB lithium power cell offers a minimum 24hr continuous operation and a 6-year battery storage life. Performing a full functional self-test of the PLB's internal circuitry, battery voltage & power and 406 MHz transmission gives you the peace of mind knowing your PLB will work the moment you need it the most. 

Robust Design

Like most PLBs, the McMurdo Fastfind Ranger has been proven, tried and tested in some of the world's most remote locations and treacherous conditions. Even in extreme conditions and situations, the McMurdo Fast Find Ranger PLB activates easily. 

Re-programming your McMurdo FastFind Ranger PLB

All Personal Locator Beacons are pre-programmed with the UK country code. Whilst they will function anywhere around the world, the first authority to be contacted in an emergency situation would be the UK Coastguard Agency in Falmouth with whom the PLB would be registered. Please contact us if you wish to have your PLB shipped with configuration for use in a country other than UK.

Please note that PLBs will not work underwater and should be used in a canister if you intend to carry at a depth exceeding the maximum depth stated in the technical specification.

Register your McMurdo FastFind Ranger PLB

Registering your Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in most countries. Registering is very important because should your beacon ever be activated, it is how Search and Rescue Teams will know who you are, and contacts provided may be able to supply information about your specific travel plans. In the absence of this information, it may take longer for a search-and-rescue operation to begin.

Once you have received your programmed Personal Locator Beacon, the owner is required to register their PLB with the Cospas Sarsat website to add their device to the International Beacon Registration Database (IBRD). To register your device, you must provide your unique Beacon HEX ID number, which can be found on your PLB and box. Use the links below to register your device:

Country Registration:

UK customers can register at the link above, or register directly with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency:



Once the emergency button is pressed on your beacon, your location will be sent to a rescue coordination centre via satellite. This SOS is then diverted to emergency services near to your location to aid rescue. The location will be continuously sent for a minimum of 24 hours.

Dimensions3.6 x 5 x 11.2 cm
Battery TypeLithium Manganese
Storage Battery LifeUp to 6 years
Operating Battery Life

 > 35 hours @ +10ºC (50ºF)

> 24 hours @ -20ºC (-4ºF)


406.037MHz (alert) / 121.5MHz (homer)

Operating Temperature-20 to +55ºC (-4 to +131ºF)
Storage Temperature-30 to +70ºC (-22 to +158ºF)
Sealing DepthImmersion to 10m (30ft) for 5 minutes
Altitude12,192m (40,000ft)
BuoyancyCategory 2, will not float 
Key Features
Battery can be replaced by McMurdo service centre
Battery usage is logged by microporcessor
High brightness LED signal light
SOS Flash Light with 30 morse code operations
1m Standard Compass safe distanc


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