GME MT403FF



Overview
406 MHz EPIRB with Float Free Auto-Release

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) compliant MT403FF is a ‘state of the art’ satellite distress beacon designed to operate in conjunction with the COSPAS-SARSAT International Satellite Search and Rescue System.

Designed to meet the most demanding regulatory approvals, the MT403FF is a class 2, Category 1 EPIRB in a fully enclosed float free housing with a Hammar HRU that will release the beacon at a certain depth, the beacon will then automatically activate.

The MT403FF offers commercial vessel operators the same GME performance and value enjoyed by recreational boaters. A key feature of the MT403 range is the use of non hazardous battery packs that are IATA compliant and allow for restriction free transportation.

GME’s unique enery conserving microprocessor technology enables the battery replacement period to be extended to 6 years. This technology has significantly reduced both the size and accordingly the replacement price. The MT403FF is factory programmed with a unique serial number which should be registered with the appropriate national Search and Rescue Authority. In many countries, authorities permit the EPIRB to be coded with the vessel’s Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number or Radio Call Sign. This reprogramming is undertaken by a GME authorised Dealer.

An auxiliary homing transmitter is included in the MT403FF to enable suitably equipped Search and Rescue vessels to home in on the distress beacon.

Features

  • Unrivaled in technology, performance and price.
  • Easy, in-built self-test with audio/visual alert.
  • COSPAS-SARSAT worldwide operation.
  • Meets AS/NZ 4280.1:2003 standards. C/S T.001/007. IMO A810 (19).
  • Enclosed in a UV resistant float free housing that automatically deploys and activates the EPPIRB when submersed to a depth of 2-4 metres.
  • Zero warm-up digital technology.
  • High intensity solid state strobe.
  • 6 Year battery life.
  • Non-hazardous batteries for restriction free transportation.
  • 6 Year GME Warranty.
  • Rugged easy-to-mount design.M

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Technical Specification

 

MT403FF – Specifications

 

MODES OF OPERATION

Activated

UHF (406) and VHF (homer) complete with high intensity strobe and audible activation alert

Self Test

Comprehensive internal diagnostics with visual and audible operator feedback. UHF test message (inverted synchronization compatible with portable beacon testers). Full carrier unmodulated VHF test burst

OPERATION

Compliance

GMDSS compatible and meets the latest IMO A810-19 requirements

Activation

Manually by operator and automatic when deployed in water

Duration

48 hours minimum

Transmission Delay

121.5 and 406 MHz distress signals commence 60 seconds after activation

Warm Up

None required (due to digital frequency generation)

VHF

121.5 MHz; 50 mW ± 3 dB; swept tone AM

UHF

406.028 MHz*; 5 W ± 2 dB PSK (digital)

Strobe

20 flashes/minute at > 0.75 cd effective intensity

COPAS-SARSAT Certified to C/S T.001 (Class 2) requirements

UHF-Protocol/Data

Serial number*; radio call sign; MMSI

Repetition Period

50 s mean, digitally generated randomization

VHF

Satellite compatible phase coherent

BATTERY

Replacement Period

Prior to expiry date marked on EPIRB case

Replacement Method

Authorised Service Centre or factory only (non-user replaceable)

Chemistry

LiMnO2 (0.49 g Lithium per cell)

Configuration

5 parallel packs each of 2 series cells

PHYSICAL

Operating

-20˚C to +55˚C

Storage

-30˚C to +70˚C

Weight

555g (nominal)

Antenna

Flexible self-straightening stainless steel design

Compass Safe Distance

0.7m (inc. mounting bracket) from magnetic navigational device when inactive

Dimensions

102 (W) x 260 (H) x 83 (D) mm

Materials

UV stabilized plastic chassis

Performance

IEC 61097; IEC 60945; AS/NZS 4280.1; ETSI EN 300 066

Transport Class

Exempt from UN3091

Patent Number

GB2420058; other patents applied for.

AUTO RELEASE HOUSING

Release

Automatically before reaching 4m water depth or manually by operator

Protection

Impact resistant housing fully encloses EPIRB for environmental protection

Mounting

On flat surface fixed at 4 points to vessel – refer to instruction manual for placement

Housing Weight

1.1kg (nominal)

Housing Dimensions

157.5 (W) x 385.5 (H) x 102.5 (D) mm

Materials

Marine grade stainless steel and long life UV polypropylene stabilised enclosure

Routine Service

Fully user replaceable HRU at 2 year intervals as per applicable authority requirements

OTHER FEATURES

Retention Lanyard

Buoyant type approximately 5.5 m long

Reflector

SOLAS retro-reflective tape encircling unit above waterline

Solid State Strobe

High reliability solid state design exceeds IMO requirements

 

*Standard factory setting

subject to national requirements. Distributor programmable via optical data interface.

 
All specifications are typicaland subject to change without notice or obligation
 

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