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406 MHz EPIRBs and PLBs; Avalanche transceivers

Part 1 - EPIRB, PLB, or avalanche transceiver?

Important decision! Each type of device is suitable for different situations. Remember, though, that carrying or activating an emergency device cannot of itself guarantee a timely response.

EPIRBs and PLBs


image of fastfind PLB image of KTI PLB image of KTI EPIRB
McMurdo Fastfind PLB KTI SA2G PLB KTI SA1G EPIRB

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is an emergency beacon designed to float in water and operate for a minimum of 48 hours.

A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is an emergency beacon for personal use, designed to operate for a minimum of 24 hours. PLBs are often carried on land, when in remote areas, or on a boat/vessel that is carrying an EPIRB, to provide additional safety for individuals.

If you are not required to carry an EPIRB, carry a PLB: they are much smaller and lighter.

Digital (406 Mhz) GPS-enabled beacons determine their location prior to transmitting this location and the beacon's unique reference number. This signal is received and actioned by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra, ACT.

Key points

Avalanche rescue transceivers and related equipment

image of Mammut Barryvox transceiver
Mammut Barryvox transceiver


In some places there is a risk of avalanche, and people can be buried under the snow. One of the ways that someone in this situation can be found is by using avalanche transceivers to locate the person.

An avalanche transceiver is carried by someone (in the supplied chest harness) and set to the 'send' mode. In order to find a person who has one of these transceivers, the searcher sets their transceiver to the 'search' mode. The transceiver helps the searcher focus their search. The search can then be fine-tuned with avalanche probes, and finally, snowshovels are used to recover the patient.

Please refer to the Barryvox user manual (opens in a new tab).

We offer the Mammut Barryvox rescue transceivers for collection in Melbourne CBD and Cheltenham. We also offer an "avalanche pack" which includes the Mammut Barryvox transceiver, a snow probe, and a snow shovel.

Key points

What about Satellite communications?

We don't offer satellite phones. However, the ZOLEO ZL-1000 Satellite Communicator is a great alternative.

image of ZOLEO ZL1000 Satellite communicator
ZOLEO ZL-1000 Satellite communicator

This excellent device allows you to send messages and one-press check-in messages via the Iridium network. The device has a RRP of $345 (incl GST) and plans start at $32/month (plus $40 once-off activation fee).

More detailed information is available on the ZOLEO product website (opens in a new tab).


Part 2 - Hire rates

Item 2 days 3-7 days 8-13 days 14+ days
PLB or EPIRB 50 50 50 for the first 7 days and then $5/day Ask us
Avalanche pack(1) 110 130 130 for the first 7 days and then $10/day Ask us
Avalanche transceiver(2) 75 95 95 for the first 7 days and then $8/day Ask us

(1) An avalanche pack comprises an avalanche transceiver, a snow probe, and a snow shovel.
(2) The Mammut Barryvox transceiver requires 3 AAA Alkaline batteries. You should fit 3 new batteries prior to use of the transceiver.

Prices do not include delivery and are as at October 2021.
In addition to our hire fee, we require a deposit, refundable upon return of the equipment.

Special offers:

Price cap for end-to-end long distance walks!

Avalanche Skills Training (AST1) course participants:
Hire an Avalanche pack, a pair of Yowie snowshoes and a pair of trekking poles. Guidebooks:
We have a selection of guidebooks available for sale.

Customers of -

Get a discount off our hire fee if you have purchased anything from one of these businesses in the 60 days prior to the date you collect your hire beacon. Just show us your receipt!

Part 3 - Collection and return

Collection and return is possible at the following locations:
Locations
City
Suburb
PLB
EPIRB
Avalanche
Map of emergency device collection locations
Adelaide Glenunga
Yes
*
-
Albany Albany
*
-
-
Alice Springs Alice Springs
Yes
-
-
Cairns Cairns CBD
Yes
-
-
Darwin Berrimah
Yes
-
-
Gold Coast Coolangatta
*
-
-
Hobart Hobart CBD
Yes
-
-
Kalgoorlie Kalgoorlie
*
-
-
Melbourne Cheltenham
Yes
Yes
Yes
Docklands/CBD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Narooma Narooma
*
-
-
Newcastle Newcastle
Yes
-
-
Perth Duncraig
Yes
Yes
-
Sydney Haymarket
Yes
-
-
Thredbo Thredbo
*
-
-

* By arrangement - please give us as much notice as possible.
Other areas - shipping via Australia Post: additional postage and insurance costs apply.


Part 4 - How to proceed

  1. Consider whether you should purchase travel insurance for your trip.
  2. Please contact us either via our on-line enquiry form or by phone, or email.
  3. We will confirm availability.
  4. We will ask you to complete and send us our beacon registration form/agreement - see link at the bottom of this page.
  5. We will provide instructions for the payment of the hire fee and deposit, and collection of the beacon/transceiver.
  6. Where required, we will register your trip with AMSA.
  7. Once you have collected your device, please refer to the beacon user manual extracts (accessible from our home page) or the Barryvox manual.

Want to know more?

Telephone: 0431 176 282 (9am - 7pm AEST)


Email: adventurentals@gmail.com


Download: Beacon registration form/agreement (.docx)