Video – Deadline for emergency beacon frequency change fast approaching

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is reminding mariners and aviators to make the switch to a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon before Feb. 1.

Beginning Feb. 1, search and rescue satellites will no longer process older model EPIRBs that only transmit on 121.5 or 243 MHz analog frequencies. The Coast Guard and other search and rescue personnel will only receive distress alerts broadcast using digital 406 MHz EPIRBs.

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