Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi

Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi


EPIRB Tester Mini w/ W-Fi is third generation device designed to check the maritime emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) operating via COSPAS-SARSAT system. This Tester can be used as reliable professional and nevertheless easy-to-use test solution by ship surveyors or inspectors, EPIRB suppliers, registry or administrative authorities.

The EPIRB is subject to annual performance tests and shore-based maintenance at intervals not exceeding five years.

The annual testing of 406 MHz satellite EPIRBs is required by SOLAS regulation IV/15.9. The volume of annual beacon testing is described in IMO MSC.1/Circular 1040. MSC/Circ.955 further recommends that annual testing of the EPIRB shall be carried out concurrently with the Annual Safety Radio Survey. Shore-based maintenance volume is described in IMO MSC/Circ.1039.

The EPIRB Tester intended to determine that EPIRB is operational as defined in appropriate performance standards - the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Performance Standard (A.810) and IEC standard, IEC 61097-2: COSPAS-SARSAT EPIRB – Satellite emergency position indicating radio beacon operating on 406 MHz – Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results, and RTCM 11000.3 - Standard for 406 MHz Satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons (EPIRBs), required by U.S. Federal Communications Commission and defines performance requirements for EPIRBs used on U.S.-registered vessels.

The testing should be carried out using suitable test equipment, such as EPIRB Tester, capable of performing all the relevant measurements required in above guidelines. All checks of electrical parameters should be performed in the self-test mode, if possible.

The Tester operates with any smart phone or desktop PC by means of Wi-Fi connection. It can easily be held in one hand while testing and doesn’t require too much place to carry it with you.

COSPAS Tester Mini assures receive of messages from any 406MHz COSPAS-SARSAT beacon, transmitting either in test mode or in real alert emergency mode. The signal can be received through the broadcast by means of antenna or the Tester can be linked up with a beacon directly by means of cable through a suitable attenuator. Radiated tests in real alert emergency mode should be carried out using screened room (or enclosure) only.

The 406 Tester Mini effectively provides demodulation and complete decoding of Cospas-Sarsat messages. Test results will be displayed on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or PC. All tests will be stored in internal memory for future use. The device comes with vast internal memory where one can save up to 500 results of measurements.

The EPIRB tester Mini provides all necessary measurements on frequency of 406MHz and homing signal frequency 121.5MHz.

The EPIRB tester Mini w/ W-Fi is the most comfortable and reliable solution for out-of-office testing of any type of distress radio beacon.

Specification / Features

  • really lightweight
  • hand-held
  • Wi-Fi connected to any mobile device, tablet, laptop or PC
  • user-friendly device

Tester allows to perform: 

-  reception, demodulation and decoding of the emergency information transmitted on channel 406MHz;

-  frequency measurement of 406MHz signal;

-  frequency measurement of 121.5MHz signal;

-  audio-control of the sweep 121.5MHz signal presence;

-  power level measurement on 406MHz channel;

-  power level measurement on 121.5MHz channel;

-  estimation of the positive/negative phase deviation of modulated signal;

-  measurement of total transmission time of 406MHz signal;

-  measurement of unmodulated carrier duration of 406MHz signal;

-  estimation of the equivalent radiated power of 406MHz signal through broadcast.

Connection to PC

Tester is designed to operate with any mobile devices, such as smartphones - Apple IOS or Android, laptops, tablets or PC.

You don't need to install any special program on your mobile device, all you need is web browser and WI-FI support.

Complete set of Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi

- BT406 Mini/WiFi
- Antenna 406/121MHz
- Antenna Wi-Fi
- Power cable (USB A – micro USB 1.5m)
- USB Power adapter
- Technical description and operation manual
- Attenuator - ATT BT406 MINI optional
- RF cable SMA/SMA 0.5m RG316 optional
- RF cable SMA/SMA 1m RG316 optional
- RF adapter SMA/BNC optional
- RF adapter SMA/TNC optional
- Package

Technical description

- Carrier measurement on channel 406MHz, with accuracy to ±300Hz

- Carrier measurement on channel 121.5MHz with accuracy to ±500Hz

- Audio-control of the sweep 121.5MHz signal presence in range of 121500±10kHz

- Emergency information displays: НЕХ-code (15 Hex ID or the message 1-112 bit) / text view with all measured parameters, including BCH code

- Accuracy of measurement of total transmission time of the message: ± 0.2% and time of preamble duration, with accuracy to ±0.2%

- Measurement of received signal level on a frequency of 406MHz within the range 12 – 40dBm or 0.01W - 10W by means of attenuator and within the range -40…-12dBm by means of antenna, with accuracy to

●   ±3.0dB by means of antenna

●   ±0.9dB by means of attenuator

- Measurement of received signal level on a frequency of 121.5MHz within the range 10 – 25dBm or 10 – 316mW by means of attenuator and within the range with -40…-10dBm by means of antenna, with accuracy to

●   ±3.0dB by means of antenna

●   ±0.9dB by means of attenuator

- RF-input resistance: 50 ±1.5Ohm

- Internal non-volatile memory: up to 500 results

- Single measurement circle time: not more than 2 min

- Power supply: accumulator battery / DC 4.5…7V, no less than 400mA connected to micro-USB input

- Current drain consumption:

●    in standby mode - no more than 120mА

●    in measure mode - no more than 320mА

- Operation time from internal power supply elements: about 6 hours

- Operation temperature range: from 0оС to +45оС

- Relative air humidity: no more than 95%

Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi operation video manual

Downloads for Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi

Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi / Brochure (version: 1; 29.02.2016; 0.16 Mb)

Brochure with specification and technical data for Beacon Tester Mini.

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Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi / User manual (version: 1.4; 03.03.2016; 1.39 Mb)

User manual for Beacon Tester Mini

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Beacon Tester Mini w/ Wi-Fi / Test reports (version: 1; 29.02.2016; 0.12 Mb)

Test reports created by BEACON Tester Mini

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Guidance on AIS devices agreed

The Sub-Committee endorsed a draft Safety of Navigation (SN.1) circular providing information to seafarers on the display of AIS-SART, AIS Man Overboard (MOB) and EPIRB-AIS devices, for submission to the MSC for approval.


GMDSS modernization on agenda

The modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), e-navigation implementation and new and amended ships’ routeing proposals are among items on a busy agenda as the third session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, Search and Rescue (NCSR) gets underway (29 February-4 March).