Originally Posted by jeremym
Nice watch. Too bad the Emergency line is basically useless, for its intended purpose. That RF band is no longer used/monitored as of a few years ago, I believe. So, if you find yourself crashed in the desert, don't expect to be rescued. With that said, my B-1 SQ, Galactic 41, and Superocean Steelfish say hello!
Breitling is working hard to repudiate that myth....
Originally Posted by Breitling
Important information concerning the 121.5 MHz distress frequency
In its recent news bulletins, the COSPAS-SARSAT (International Satellite System For Search and Rescue) issued a reminder that it will terminate the 121.5 MHz emergency frequency satellite processing service on 1 February 2009. This information has caused a certain amount of confusion among Breitling partners and clients, who have been erroneously led to believe that this decision would render obsolete the main function of the Emergency watch. Breitling wishes to refute this assumption by providing some important additional information.
The COSPAS-SARSAT decision relates exclusively to the cessation of the satellite alert service. It does not affect the process of localizing victims, which will continue to be performed by emergency services operating on the 121.5 MHz frequency.
According to COSPAS-SARSAT, this decision to terminate satellite processing of the 121.5 MHz emergency beacons “affects all maritime beacons (EPIRBs), all aviation beacons (ELTs) and all personal beacons (PLBs).” However, COSPAS-SARSAT specifically states that “other devices (such as man overboard systems and homing transmitters) that operate at 121.5 MHz and do not rely on satellite detection will not be affected by the phase-out of satellite processing at 121.5 MHz”. The Breitling Emergency watch is one of the latter type of systems. (http://www.cospas.sarsat.org/
Serving as a complement to the beacons carried aboard aircraft, the Emergency has never been intended to trigger an alert, but instead to help locate people in distress. It therefore does not require satellite detection in order to operate. The operating principle of the Emergency for locating victim on the 121.5 MHz frequency is therefore not affected by the COSPAS-SARSAT decision and the Emergency will long remain an effective means of increasing one’s chances of survival in case of a crash.
The fact that COSPAS-SARSAT encourages beacon owners to acquire 406 MHz beacons before 1 February 2009 is due to their compatibility with satellite detection and alert processes. It is important to note that these beacons are in fact twin- frequency 406 MHz/121.5 MHz beacons, an essential characteristic in that the 121.5 MHz frequency is necessary to locate victims via the homing devices fitted on search and rescue equipment.