Using your PLB/EPIRB better & testing ACR’s ResQLink View

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.

5 Responses

  1. Richard Cassano says:

    Ben,
    I have followed articles by Mario Vittrone, a former USCG Rescue swimmer, who pulls no punches by saying it like it is. His advice is to establish a public page on google or other cloud service and place the link in the “Remarks” section of your EPIRB / PLB registration. This way you have unlimited space to upload photos of your vessel, lengthy sail plans, medical considerations in detail, etc… Once you establish the Public page you can change it at anytime or expand on what you want SAR officials to know about you, your crew, contacts and when and where you plan to be. It’s a great idea that I have been using for some time. I have photos of both port and starboard views with an extensive list of equipment I carry. None of this is possible to squeeze into the small box on the registration form.

    The Public link idea is a powerful tool. Thanks, Mario for the idea!

  2. Richard Cassano says:

    Here is the link to my Public SAR folder for anyone who would like to see what I did. You can expand on this and make it as many pages as you like. However, be careful with tiny url as it seems to expire after some time. Best to put the full url in remarks on the EPIRB registration.
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-Kis9Zwk3uDM1RJWG9BV0YzNTA

  3. Robert says:

    As far as can tell, the 406link service is not operational. You can’t sign up for a new account, and can’t renew an existing account. I finally called them, and they “renewed” me over the phone, but the actual testing function was not opertional. This was 1Q 2019, so things might have changed – but the website still says; ‘We are currently making upgrades to the 406Link system. We are currently not accepting new subscriptions.”

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