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Life-saving compact float-free satellite EPIRB


The JQE-103, a highly reliable life-saving compact float-free satellite EPIRB incorporates new advancements in technology, enhancing search and rescue within ‘the golden day’.

Emergency transmissions

To comply with GMDSS regulations vessels must carry a satellite EPIRB. During critical situations the EPIRB will be released and activated, either automatically or manually. Once activated, the EPIRB will transmit vessel specific information on 406MHz that is passed, via satellite, to the RCC. This information is used to commence SAR operations and with search aircraft monitoring the 121.5MHz transmissions enables the EPIRB to be located.

Space saving, robust design

The JQE-103 is a brightly colored, lightweight, watertight and rugged EPIRB, allowing it to be easily mounted on a bulkhead. Additionally, if a situation occurs where it is required to throw the EPIRB overboard, the hardened outer shell will remain intact after a drop onto the water surface from a maximum 20-meter height.

Release bracket

Safety measures are taken to prevent faulty signal transmissions. The self-deploying JQE-103 automatically activates in floating state of the beacon! In the event of distress the beacon can also be activated manually by a simple switch operation. JRC distinguishes itself in having the automatic release bracket included as standard.

Low maintenance, high durability

The reliable satellite EPIRB is an immense improvement in safety and has a useful life of 7-10 years, operating across a range of harsh climatically conditions. Improved battery life of the JQE-103 extends the first replacement up to 5 years. JRC’s advanced water pressure sensor has a replacement period of up to 2 years.

Satellite EPRIB

The satellite EPIRB will be automatically released from its float-free bracket when subjected to water pressure at less than 4-meter depth, and will float up to the surface. Upon contact with seawater, it will activate itself and transmit emergency signals for at least 48 hours, coinciding with a repeated flashing light. The emergency transmission includes a digitally encoded message, containing ship’s position, identity and nationality. The COSPAS/SARSAT satellite forwards this signal to a Local User Terminal (LUT), where the information will be deciphered and transferred to the closest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC), thereby enabling an immediate response for search and rescue (SAR) efforts.

IMO compliant

The JQE-103 complies with IMO MSC.152 (78) carriage requirements. In addition, JRC is continuously developing and evaluating new products based upon future IMO requirements that will contribute for your future safety and navigation at sea.