Ocean Signal rescueME EPIRB2 Pro





Ocean Signal rescueME EPIRB2 Pro

Ocean Signal rescueME EPIRB2 Pro

With the introduction of Return Link Service (RLS) technology and Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, the EPIRB2 Pro provides significant advantages over its predecessors. RLS comforts those who activate the beacon by confirming that their distress message has been received and the inclusion of NFC capability allows use of a smartphone app to monitor the EPIRB’s battery and other functions ensuring it is working properly.


The innovative new features of the EPIRB2 Pro and the included auto release float free bracket make it an excellent choice for a wide variety of marine applications specific to both recreational and commercial vessels.



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In developing the EPIRB2 Pro, Ocean Signal has drawn on its substantial experience in designing and producing high quality, feature packed EPIRBs utilizing a conveniently compact form factor. Employing multiple levels of integrated signaling technology including 406 MHz, GNSS (GPS, Galileo, Glonass) positioning, and a 121.5 MHz homing signal, the EPIRB2 Pro effortlessly guides search and rescue forces to your location. The addition of Return Link Service (RLS) technology and Near Field Communication capability round out the impressive feature set of the EPIRB2 Pro.


 Smartphone Connectivity utilizing Near Field Communication

The integration of NFC technology provides users with the ability to conveniently access beacon data from their mobile phone. The simple act of placing a phone near the beacon automatically opens the Ocean Signal Product App and provides access to a wealth of usage data including current battery life, the number of self-tests completed, number of GNSS tests completed, and if applicable, the amount of time that the beacon has been activated.

Detailed information on each self-test and GNSS test performed by the beacon is also available. Information that is accessible for each successful GNSS test includes access to a map showing exactly where the test was performed, the date and time of the test, the time it took the beacon to get a GNSS coordinate fix, the number of satellites the beacon used to obtain that fix, and the accuracy of the location.


Global Coverage via the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite Network

Harnessing the global reach of the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite Network, the EPIRB2 Pro can be activated anywhere, at any time, and will transmit your 406 MHz distress message. The distress transmission includes beacon coordinates that are derived from the EPIRB’s integrated GNSS receiver and are accurate to within 100 meters.

RLS provides reassurance for users by sending a return signal through the Galileo satellite network directly back to the beacon to confirm that the distress message has been received and the beacon location has been detected. User confirmation is distinctly indicated by a flashing blue light.


Return Link Service (RLS)

 The inherent stress associated with a maritime emergency situation is a challenging symptom that all boaters unfortunately have to deal with should they find themselves in a distress scenario. Fortunately, the inclusion of the RLS feature in the EPIRB2 Pro provides a means of minimizing the stress in such situations. RLS provides a direct-to-beacon confirmation letting the user know that their distress message has been received and their location detected. The indication of RLS functionality is represented by a distinctive blue light, making it simple for users to ascertain exactly when the RLS confirmation is received.


Mounting Bracket

The EPIRB2 Pro comes complete with a Category one auto release float free mounting bracket. This bracket securely stores the EPIRB2 Pro for the duration of your trip regardless of the conditions experienced throughout. It also provides the best chance of deployment in distress situations where it is difficult for a crew member to reach the EPIRB.

Ocean Signal prides itself in continuing to offer new and exciting features such as RLS and NFC as it maintains its goal of offering the highest quality innovative safety products. Regardless of the reason for your next voyage, or your chosen destination, guarantee your safety with carriage of the EPIRB2 Pro.


Features and Benefits:

• No Subscription Required
• 406 MHz Cospas Sarsat Distress Signal (MEOSAR Compatible)
• 121.5 MHz Local Homing Signal
• Smartphone connectivity via NFC (Near Field Communication)
• Free Ocean Signal Product App
• RLS (Return Link Service) Functionality
• GPS | Galileo | Glonass GNSS
• Strobe and Infrared Strobe
• Global Coverage
• Category I auto release float free bracket included
• Small and lightweight
• 10-year battery life
• >= 48 hours Operational Life

Name EPIRB2 Pro
Product Description EPIRB with RLS and NFC
Model Number EPIRB2 Pro
Output Power (406/121.5) 406.040 MHz, 5W (nominal) / 121.5 MHz, 50mW (nominal)
RLS Return Link Service (RLS) confirmation direct to beacon
NFC / Mobile App Near Field Communication (NFC) and Mobile App Included
Strobe White & Infrared
Size (antenna not deployed) – Beacon Only 6.8 x 3.6 x 3.1”

17.27 x 9.14 x 7.87 cm

Weight – Beacon Only 0.42 lbs (190g)
Battery Lithium battery, Li/FeS2
Battery Replacement 10-year replaceable battery (replace 10 years after the date of manufacture or after activation)
Temperature Range (Class 2) Storage: -22°F to +158°F (-30°C to +70°C)

Operating: -4°F to +131°F (-20°C to +55°C)

GPS 72 Channel Multi-constellation receiver (GPS, Galileo, & Glonass GNSS)
Activation Out of bracket and wet, or manually in or out of the bracket
Waterproof 33 ft (10 m) for 5 min.
Buoyant Yes
Operational Life 48 hours minimum @ -4°F (-20°C)
Deployment Category I – Auto Release (auto deploy)
Warranty 2 Years (5 years if registered)
Accessories Cat I Bracket – No HRU (P/N 703S-03414)

HR1E HRU (P/N 701S-00608)

Approvals Cospas-Sarsat, FCC, RED

WARRANTY LENGTH: 2 Years (5 years if registered)

This product is warranted against factory defects in material and workmanship for a period of 2 Years (5 years if registered), from the 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.


For further assistance, please contact our Technical Service Department at:


ACR Electronics, Inc.

5757 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-6645

Email: service@acrelectronics.com

Telephone: +1 (954) 981-3333

Fax: +1 (954) 983-5087


This warranty does not apply if the product has been damaged by an accident or misuse or as a result of service or modification by another manufacturer.  The COMPANY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY OTHER MATTER concerning THIS PRODUCT, except as otherwise expressly stated in the previous paragraph. The Company shall not be liable for consequential or special damages. To place the warranty in effect, choose the form above and complete it entirely. Or you may fill out the registration card accompanying your product (if applicable) which must be returned to ACR Electronics, Inc. within ten days of purchase.
*Five Years for the following products:  EPIRB and PLB.

Q:  What is EPIRB?

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are distress radio beacons that 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:  What does EPIRB stand for?

EPIRB stands for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons.

Q: What is RLS or Return Link Service?

Return Link Service or RLS enables newly approved EPIRB, PLB, and ELT allowing for a confirmation signal (Example: blue light flashing or message if the beacon has a digital display) that the distress signal from the beacon has been received and localized by the Cospas-Sarsat system and forwarded to government authorities for action. It does NOT mean that a rescue has yet been organized/launched, only that the distress alert has been received and routed to the appropriate government agencies. The RLS confirmation signal or message should typically be received back to the RLS beacon between 10-20 minutes as Search and Rescue is working to facilitate your rescue.  Learn more about Return Link Service

Q: What is a GPIRB?

Some people call a GPS EPIRB or a GPS enabled Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon a GPIRB with the G simply identifying that the EPIRB has an internal GPS.

Q: Whats the difference between an AIS EPIRB and a traditional EPIRB?

AIS EPIRBs will offer both recreational and commercial users the extra reassurance that other nearby vessels equipped with an AIS Transceiver will be notified in an emergency, in addition to the beacon’s traditional capabilities to transmit a 406 MHz distress signal via the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system to contact global rescue services.  The addition of the AIS locating signal ensures a survivor’s immediate location will also be received by all vessels and aircraft equipped with AIS in the vicinity, enabling them to respond with immediate assistance, potentially ahead of Search and Rescue.

Q: What is NFC?

Near-field communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connectivity technology that uses magnetic field induction to enable communication between devices when they’re touched together or brought within a few centimeters of each other.  The beacons data and activity is stored and when your phone is within range, the beacons NFC uses the phones power to push the data into your phone and into your Beacons Mobile App.

Q: Where can I purchase a beacon?

Visit our Where To Buy dealer locator or purchase direct from ACRARTEX.com

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 from the provided EPIRB bracket. 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.
Both the Category 1 and Category 2 brackets will deactivate the EPIRBs water sensor feature so if the EPIRB should get wet while in the bracket, it will not cause a false alarm.  EPIRB water activation is only possible when the EPIRB has been removed from the bracket and gets wet.

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 Authority

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 register:

1.) The fastest and easiest way to register is online at www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov. Recommended method. Verify and validate information before submitting it.

2.) Mail the registration form with the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope to:


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 the legibility of information and validate information on the 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 www.406registration.com.

To verify that the unit is properly programmed for your country, view the UIN label on the back of the unit. If 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 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 your EPIRB has NFC and the new ACR Mobile App, you can also view your EPIRBs detailed test results by scanning the NFC antenna and pulling the beacons data into your ACR Mobile App.
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 called 406Link.com.

Q: How often should an EPIRB be tested?

The beacon owner’s manual 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.
If your EPIRB has NFC and the new ACR Mobile App, you can also view your EPIRBs detailed test results by scanning the NFC antenna and pulling the beacons data into your ACR Mobile App.

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.0622 means the HRU was made June (06) of 2022. Thus this unit will need to be replaced 2 years from the date installed or in June of 2024. HRU MFG Date

Q: How do I maintain an EPIRB?

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 Owner’s Manual and be sure to regularly self-test your beacon to ensure it is working properly.

Q: Can I use my 406 MHz beacons 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 license 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 beacon?

A UIN or 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.  If your EPIRB has NFC and the new ACR Mobile App, you can also get your UIN by scanning the NFC antenna and pulling the beacons data into your ACR Mobile App.

Q: How long doe EPIRBs last?

EPIRBs are required to transmit for a minimum of 48 hours continuously at -4°F (-20°C ) all the way up to +131°F (+55°C).

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