RescueME PLB1


Wherever you are, at sea or on land, the rescueME PLB1 provides the reassurance that global emergency services can be alerted by the press of a button. Featuring an ultra-compact form factor, the beacon can be easily fitted into your life jacket or onto a belt, taking up minimal space and ensuring it is readily accessible.


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SKU: 730S-01261

Categories: RescueME

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Waterproof to 15m

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Link via satellite to Emergency Services

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Fast accurate positioning

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7 year battery life

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Flotation pouch (as an accessory)

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No subscription

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High intensity (1 candela) strobe

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Easily deployed antenna

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30 percent smaller

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Homing Beacon to aid final location by search and Rescue craft

The Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 is your ultimate companion for outdoor adventures, designed to keep you safe in emergencies. This compact and lightweight personal locator beacon (PLB) utilizes advanced technology to broadcast your distress signal to global search and rescue authorities, ensuring swift assistance when it matters most. Whether hiking in remote terrain, sailing offshore, or exploring the wilderness, the rescueME PLB1 provides peace of mind knowing that help is just a button press away. With its rugged construction and long-lasting battery life, this essential device is a must-have for anyone venturing into the great outdoors.

The rescueMe PLB1 can be operated with a single hand in even the most challenging situations. A simple spring loaded flap covers the activation button preventing inadvertent use. The integrated ultra-bright strobe light ensures maximum visibility and antenna deployment could not be easier, with a gentle pull the aerial is released.


The rescueME PLB1 works with the only officially recognised worldwide dedicated search and rescue satellite network (operated by Cospas Sarsat). As this is funded by governments there are NO CHARGES to use this service. When activated, the Personal Locator Beacon transmits your position and your ID to a Rescue Coordination Center via satellite link. Rescue services nearest to you are promptly notified of your emergency and regularly advised of your current location to assist prompt rescue.




  • 30% smaller (typ) by volume
  • Easily fits to lifejacket*
  • Retractable Antenna
  • 7 Year Battery Life
  • 24+ hour operational life
  • High brightness strobe light >1candela
  • 66 channel GPS receiver
  • Unique mounting clip
  • Operates on the global Cospas Sarsat rescue system
  • Free to use, no subscription charges


The rescueME PLB1 has an optional flotation pouch**  to enable it to float.  Please note that the PLB will not float in an operating position in the pouch.  Please ensure the PLB is firmly attached to the pouch with the provided lanyard, using suitable self locking knots.

* Always refer to the manufacturer for specific instructions before installing this product directly to your life jacket.
** To comply with national regulation PLB1 beacons supplied to Australia and New Zealand have a floatation pouch permanently attached

406MHz Satellite Transmitter





Output Power

5watts (nominal)




Phase ±1.1radians (peak)

Emission Designator



Bi-phase L

Data Rate




121.5MHz Homing Beacon





Output Power

25-100mW PERP


Swept Tone AM

Emission Designator


Modulation Depth


Sweep Range

400Hz – 1300Hz

Low Duty Cycle Strobe Light

Light Type

High intensity LED

Output Power


GPS Receiver

Sensitivity Cold Start


Sensitivity Re-acquisition


Satellites channels tracked


GPS Antenna

Microstrip patch



Lithium Primary


Manganese Dioxide (LiMnO2)

Operational Life

>24hours @ -20°C


Operating Temperature Range

-20°C to +55°C

Storage Temperature Range

-30°C to +70°C


15metres at +20°C


1metre @ -30°C



77mm (3.0")


51mm (2.1")


32.5mm (1.3")





T.001 / T.007


EN302 152




CFR47 part 95K

Your Ocean Signal product is warranted against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase and in accordance with the following conditions.


Ocean Signal will at its discretion, repair or replace faulty product free of charge excluding the cost of shipping. Proof of purchase from the original purchaser shall be required in order for a warranty claim to be valid. All claims shall be made in writing to Ocean Signal or an approved service dealer or


Ocean Signal shall not be liable to the buyer under the above warranty:


  • for any repairs or modifications carried out on the product using parts that are not supplied
    or approved by the manufacturer Ocean Signal including batteries and for work carried out
    other than by Ocean Signal or approved service dealers,
  • for any part, material or accessory that is not manufactured by Ocean Signal, the consumer
    will be covered by the guarantee / warranty offered to Ocean Signal by the manufacturer or
    supplier of such a component,
  • for product which has not been fully paid for,
  • for any product supplied by Ocean Signal to a customer under an alternative warranty or
    commercial agreement,
  • for the cost of shipping product to and from the customer.
  • The Battery is only warranted until the date of expiry and provided the unit is tested in accordance
    with the information in the user manual as noted by the electronic witness stored within the product.


The following specific item is excluded from this warranty:


  • Damage to the antenna


This warranty does not affect your statutory rights.


Extended Warranty


By entering your product details you can add 3 years to the warranty period.


When I register my EPIRB or PLB is the 0 in the 15 digit HEX ID (UIN) the number 0, or the letter O?

The HEX ID consists of the numbers from 0 to 9 and the letters from A to F only. The character 0 is the number zero.

If I register my PLB in one country, can I use it in another country?

Yes, you can use your PLB anywhere in the World. When you register your PLB, make sure you give emergency contacts who will know where you are if you need to activate the PLB in an emergency. This aids the rescue authorities to make sure it is a real alert and will speed up your rescue.

What is the location accuracy of the rescueME PLB1?

The Cospas Sarsat system uses two methods of locating a beacon:

  • The satellite system is designed to locate your beacon using the transmission alone. The accuracy of this fix is approximately a 5 nautical mile radius, but is typically much better.
  • The rescueME PLB1 has a built in GPS receiver which is used to encode the position in the transmission. When the GPS has a reliable fix, usually within a few minutes, the accuracy is typically within 100 metres of your actual position can be achieved.

The combination of these two methods gives the rescue services the quickest and most accurate position.

Why is the pouch permanently attached to the PLB1 (Aus/NZ only)?

For Australia and New Zealand the regulations require that the PLB must float. Because of the small size of the rescueME PLB1, the pouch is used to provide buoyancy and must be permanently attached when supplied in those countries.

If you require to remove the pouch for land based usage, cut the black cord leaving enough length to make a loop to re-attach the pouch or to tie a separate lanyard to.

When testing the PLB, I get two green flashes. What does this mean?

The test indication is repeated. So for a battery which has been used for less than one hour, you will see single green flash, which is repeated after a short pause.

If the battery has been used for over one hour, the indicator will change to an amber (orange) colour. Over two hours and the indicator will flash amber two or more times in a close group, which will be repeated after a short pause.

Carrying a PLB on aircraft as luggage.

The Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 can be safely carried on board a passenger aircraft as either checked in or carry on luggage under section of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The lithium metal battery in the rescueME PLB1 contains less than 2g of lithium and have been tested in accordance with 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests. Precautions should be taken to prevent accidental activation if placed in checked in baggage.

Is the battery replaceable on the PLB1?

Yes, the battery will be replaceable after the expiry period or after the unit has been activated. The battery is not user replaceable and must be sent to an authorised service dealer for replacement. Please contact the distributor in your country for further information.

When should I replace my PLB1 battery

Under normal circumstances the battery in the PLB1 should be replaced before the expiry date marked on the unit.

If the unit has been activated in emergency or if the test indicator LED is flashing amber (orange) the battery must be replaced before it is used again to ensure the full 24 hours of operation in emergency.

The typical lifetime of the PLB1 is greater than 24 hours, but this is under defined conditions of storage and test usage. Do not assume that just because the activation was only for a short length of time the battery will not need exchanging.

Details of battery exchange in your region can be found by enquiring with your local distributor. Please see for information on our distributors.

Disposal of EPIRBs and PLBs

Care should be taken when disposing of your PLB or EPIRB when it is no longer required. False alerts from discarded beacons can cause rescue authorities to expend much time and effort in locating discarded EPIRBs or PLBs that have accidentally activated. Please ensure that care is taken to completely deactivate the beacon and advise the registration authority that the beacon is no longer in service.

It is recommended to remove the battery from the beacon by removing the case lid. Dispose of the battery in accordance with local waste regulations. Please note that Ocean Signal beacons are not user serviceable and removing the lid will invalidate the warranty.

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