ACR Aqualink View & 406Link, hand’s on

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

12 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Incidentally, I learned from ACR that the AquaLink View does not save GPS position from a test, which means its doing a dead cold start every time I test it. Its 66 channel GPS engine is fast!

  2. goboatingnow says:

    not much use to us Eurup -eans at the moment
    Dave

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Right, Dave, in terms of 406Link, because so far they can only pick off test bursts coming down from two of the GEOS satellites. Though the coverage maps suggest that Portugal might get service and “coming soon” is emblazoned elsewhere:
    http://www.406link.com/Coverage%20Map.html
    Of course the AquaLink View, like all PLBs and EPIRBs, should work anywhere thanks to the GEOSAR and LEOSAR constellations:
    http://www.cospas-sarsat.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=180&Itemid=101&lang=en

  4. Gary Williamson says:

    It is not obvious in your article that the test email feature is a fee based service @ $39.95 per year (currently).
    Gary

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sorry about that, Gary. Actually the Plus service is $60 annually; Basic is $40.

  6. Mark says:

    Always wondered what the difference was between the AquaLink View and the SARLink View. Only difference I can pinpoint is the SARLink View is slightly smaller and does not float.

  7. Keith says:

    I’ve got to ask the question, If you’re using this service every day for extended trips, what’ts going to happen to your battery life when you have a real emergency ?

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Keith, As explained at 406Link.com, the AquaLink View is designed so that you can do up to 60 tests with GPS, plus 420 tests without GPS, while still maintaining at least the minimum 24 hours of emergency use (even at a -4°F) for five years. In other words, they built extra battery capacity in.
    As I understand it, the AquaLink will refuse to do more than 60 GPS tests until its battery is replaced. I’m not sure if it will do more than 420 self tests without GPS, but the self testing does include battery status.
    406Link.com advises users of other than ACR beacons to ask their manufacturer about the number of tests possible. I don’t think these tests use much juice sending up a single data burst, but certainly the messaging/tracking capability is pretty limited.

  9. Jochen says:

    The manufacturer is advertising it as a ‘Honey, I’m ok Button’.
    So if it’s not a test but the regular emercency signal, will it text ‘Honey, I’m NOT ok’ to the wife? 😉

  10. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The email/text notifications only work for self tests, but if you’ve filled in the right contact info with your beacon’s registration, the rescue center will probably be in touch with your family. 406Link also lets you put up emergency contact info, but as I understand it, that’s only used if a user failed to register the beacon.

  11. Miklos Endrody says:

    Is there a PLB that sends a mark to appear on your plotter as to where the overboard person is located? Or are they just independent EPIRB’s?
    Thanks for your time.
    Mik

  12. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Mik, there are various devices that can alarm on and home in on the 121.5 mHz signal of any EPIRB or PLB, but I don’t know of one that also signals an electronic navigation system. The ACR Vecta 406 is an example:
    http://www.acrelectronics.com/products/catalog/direction-finders/vecta-406/

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