This tutorial provides assistance in selecting a 406 MHz beacon message protocol suitable for your needs. The tutorial provides an interactive flow chart which identifies the key issues which affect the selection decision. Clicking on portions of this flow chart will provide additional information and guidance on that particular issue.
NOTE: The information provided in this portion of the web site is intended to amplify the information provided in the following Cospas-Sarsat System documents:
C/S T.001 "Specification for Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz Distress Beacons"; and
C/S G.005 "Cospas-Sarsat Guidelines on 406 MHz Beacon Coding, Registration, and Type Approval".
The above documents can be downloaded free of charge following the documentation links above. If the information provided on the web site conflicts with that provided in documents C/S T.001 and G.005, the official documents take precedence.
Furthermore, individual administrations may have additional national beacon technical and coding requirements that are not addressed in the above documents.
Selecting the appropriate 406 MHz beacon and coding protocol(s)