ACR Electronics Inc. is sponsoring Sea Tow Services’ automated radio check service with broadcasts focused on beacon safety.
Boaters will now hear broadcasts such as: “Beacon owners, please test your EPIRB or PLB every couple of months.”
Messages on the system also will soon be airing in Spanish.
Sea Tow provides the radio check service as a free public service. It helps to reduce the volume of non-urgent communications on VHF channel 16, the international hailing and distress channel, while allowing boaters to ensure that their radios are functioning properly.
“Buying a beacon EPIRB or PLB is one of the most responsible things a boater can do,” Nichole Kalil, public affairs and media manager for ACR Electronics Inc., said in a statement.
“Maintaining and testing that beacon are just as important, but often forgotten. This partnership with Sea Tow is strategic in that beacon owners are going to be reminded at the perfect time and place to do all these things.”