Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
When you’re setting out on a boat adventure, it’s important to have safety
equipment you can count on. Designed with high-efficiency electronics that are
built for performance, the GlobalFix™ V4 GP Emergency Position-Indicating Radio
Beacon or EPIRB provides the protection you can trust in an emergency situation.
Should the unexpected happen, this EPIRB will relay your location to a vast
network of search and rescue satellites, allowing local first responders to get
you home more easily.
The GlobalFIX™ V4 is a full-featured EPIRB loaded with high-efficiency
electronics for performance you can count on, including an internal 66 channel
GPS for faster acquisition from a cold start. A protective keypad cover helps
prevent false activation, and the all-new, user-replaceable battery pack has a
10-year replacement interval reducing the overall ownership cost and making
replacement a breeze.
The GlobalFIX™ V4 has two functional self-tests to monitor the beacon’s
transmission, power and battery performance and GPS acquisition. Pair these
tests with ACR’s 406Link.com optional testing portal (available for the Americas
only) and receive satellite confirmation messages directly to your cell phone or
GlobalFIX™ V4 offers the very latest in marine electronic lifesaving
- Highly visible LED strobe - Energy efficient
- Internal 66 channel GPS – Faster acquisition from a cold start
- High efficiency electronics – Performance you can count on
- User replaceable battery – 10 year battery life
- Professional grade design - Engineered, tested and built for years of use
in harsh environments
- Simple manual activation – Keypad with protective cover to prevent false
WARRANTY LENGTH: 5 YEARS
This product is warranted against factory defect in material and workmanship
for a period of 5 (five)* years from date of purchase or receipt as a gift.
During the warranty period ACR Electronics, Inc. will repair or at its option,
replace at no cost to you for labor, materials or return transportation.
Size (no antenna)
8.13 (H) X 4.28” (W) (20.7 X 10.9 cm)
Weight (with bracket)
Category I - 66.10 oz (1874 g) / Category II - 34.92 oz (990 g)
Weight (beacon only)
27 oz (764 g)
Internal GPS (66 Channel)
Class 2 (non-hazmat) lithium battery (user replaceable) - LiMnO2 (P/N 1104)
10 year user replaceable battery (replace 10 years after date of manufacture or
High impact UV resistant polymer
4 LED Array Strobe Light
Category I - Hydrostatic release (auto) or Manual, Category II - Manual release
Out of bracket and wet, or manually in or out of bracket
33 ft (10 m) for 5 min.
5 W +/- 2dB (406.037 MHz); 50 mW +/-3dB (121.5 MHz)
48 hours minimum @ -4°F (-20°C)
+48 hrs. @ -4°F (-20°C); Longer in higher ambient temperature
-4°F to +131°F (-20°C to +55°C ) (Class 2)
-22°F to + 158°F (-30°C to +70°C)
SeaShelter™4 (P/N 2832), QuickDraw™ V4 (P/N 2833), Cat I HydroFix™ HRU (P/N
Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, MED (Pending), IC Acceptances: USCG Meets: GMDSS, RTCM, IEC,
and IMO standards
120 satellite detectable basic self tests (available only in the Americas)
Q: What do EPIRBs do?
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are distress radio beacons
which transmit location information about ships directly to Search and Rescue
forces letting them know that the owner is in grave and imminent danger. Learn
How A Rescue Works
Q: Where can I purchase a beacon?
Visit our Where To Buy dealer locator
Q: Will 406 MHz beacons work anywhere in the world?
Yes, 406 MHz beacons can be used anywhere in the world, including at both poles,
just remember that you need a clear view of the sky (they will not work in
buildings or caves, etc.)
Q: Is there a subscription fee for beacon registration or rescue service?
Beacon registration is free, should you ever have to activate your beacon,
rescue is free in most parts of the world.
Q: What is the difference between a Category I and a Category II EPIRB?
The difference is in how the EPIRB is deployed. A Category I beacon
automatically deploys when a vessel sinks. The beacon floats free at a depth of
1.5 to 3.0m (4.9 to 13.1ft). The EPIRB can be manually activated while in its
bracket or manually removed and activated. A Category II beacon is manually
deployed. The EPIRB will automatically activate when removed from its bracket
and comes in contact with water, or when it is still in its bracket but a person
has lifted the switch to the activation position.
Q: How do I register my beacon?
406 MHz Beacons must be registered with the National Authority of the country
you live in.
Step 1. Visit our Registration database to find the appropriate National
Step 2. Register with your countries National Authority via Mail, Fax or for the
fastest service register online. Registration in the United States The national
authority that accepts beacon registrations in the United States is the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Here are three easy ways to
1.) The fastest and easiest way to register is online at
www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov . Recommended method. Verify and validate
information before submitting.
2.) Mail the registration form with the pre-addressed, postage paid envelope to:
SARSAT BEACON REGISTRATION NOAA NSOF, E/SPO53
1315 East West Hwy Silver Spring, MD 20910
Please print legibly.
3.) Faxing a registration is also acceptable. Fax the registration form to the
Fax number on the bottom of the registration form. To reduce the possibility of
erroneous entry please verify legibility of information and validate information
on form to UIN on beacon before faxing. Please print legibly and in BLACK ink.
All registration forms will be entered in the 406 MHz beacon registration
database within 48 hours of receipt. The information you provide on the
registration form is used for rescue purposes only. A confirmation letter, a
copy of the actual registration and a proof-of-registration decal will be mailed
to you within two weeks. When you receive these documents, please check the
information carefully to ensure that the information provided on the label
agrees with the information on the beacon and then affix the decal to your
beacon in the area marked "BEACON DECAL HERE." If you do not receive
confirmation from NOAA in the expected timeframe, or if the information on the
label is incorrect call toll free 1-888-212-7283 for assistance. Registration
outside of the United States In countries other than the United States, 406 MHz
beacons are registered with that country's national authority at the time of
purchase. The sales agent should have assisted you in filling out the forms and
sending them to the country's national authority. Alternatively, visit our
Registration database or many countries allow online registration in the
International 406MHz Beacon Registration Database (IBRD) at
To verify that the unit is properly programmed for your country, view the UIN
label on the back of the unit. In the event that the beacon is not programmed
for your country, the sales agent (if properly equipped) can reprogram the unit
for the correct country.
Q: Why is it so important for me to register my beacon?
Registering the EPIRB, ELT or Personal Locator Beacon is required by law in the
United States and 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.
Q: How do I know the beacon is working?
Perform a monthly self-test. If the test passes, the beacon is working. If self-
test does not pass, take/send the beacon in for service. If you want to know
that your beacon signal is reaching the satellite system and your signal is
being received back down to earth please check out our advanced testing service
Q: How often should I carry out a Self Test?
The beacon owners' manual usually recommends the frequency of these tests;
typical advice is once a month and/or before extended trips. Advanced Satellite
Testing can be performed using our new service called 406Link.com
Q: The date on my HydroFix™ Release Unit is not marked. What do I do?
The HydroFix™ should be marked by the owner at the time of installation with an
indelible ink pen. The HydroFix™ Release Unit is good three years from the date
of manufacture (which is imprinted on the bottom of the HydroFix?) or 2 years
from the date of installation. See the example below: MFG.0611 means the HRU was
made June (06) of 2011. Thus this unit will need to be replaced 2 years from the
date installed or in June of 2014. HRU MFG Date
Q: How does one take care of a beacon?
Taking care of a beacon is quick and easy. Routine maintenance is part of having
the beacon ready at all times. Follow the maintenance recommendations in the
Q: Can I use my 406 MHz beacon anywhere in the world?
You should check the local regulations of any place you plan to visit with your
beacon, some countries require you to have a radio licence and a few countries
have restrictions on the use of beacons, however if it's a real emergency you
should always activate your beacon
Q: What is a UIN and where do I find it on the beacon so I can register my
A UIN is a Unique Identifier Number that is programmed into each beacon at the
factory. The UIN number consists of 15 digit series of letters and numbers that
make up the unique identity of the beacon. The UIN is on a white label on the
exterior of the beacon. The UIN is also referred to as the Hex ID