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TTC Personal Locator Beacon

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Loan TTC Personal Locator Beacons

The TTC actively encourages its members to carry Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) with them on all trips including long tramps, club courses, climbing, skiing, and other club trips that take people through remote regions. It recognises the importance of these devices for expediting rescues and the comfort that they give to loved ones back at home.

TTC has acquired five Personal Locator Beacons which are freely available for use by its members. All that is required is a $50 deposit upon hiring, refundable when returned. Only club members may borrow these PLBs.

Our units are Fastfind 220 PLB 406MHz beacons with GPS.

To book one for your trip: Collect a PLB from the club room on Tuesday club night, pay the deposit, then fill out the PLB Booking Form. You MUST do this as the information is used by Search and Rescue if you activate the PLB.

It is essential that your emergency contact person has a copy of your trip plan, and knowledge of any medical concerns of party members. Here is a detailed Intention Form from Adventure Smart. It will email your contact person with trip details.

There is an instruction sheet in each PLB pack but a fuller manual for the Fastfind 220 PLBs is here

If all the club PLBs are in use you can rent PLBs from different groups.

Condition of use

Generally, the user is responsible for ensuring that the unit is in good working condition when they collect it. Conducting a test is recommended. The user is responsible for ensuring that the beacon is returned in good working order. Fair wear and tear is acceptable. Some simple examples around liability:

  • you lose the beacon you pay to replace it
  • you damage the beacon you pay to repair it
  • you lose the beacon's case you pay to replace it
  • there is minor abrasion on the case or beacon this is fair wear and tear, and is therefore the club's responsibility
  • you activate the beacon, either intentionally or accidentally - you take full responsibility for consequences
  • you activate the beacon, either intentionally or accidentally - you pay to reset it, and pay for the replacement battery (approx $185 + gst)

It is the responsibility of the user to return the beacon immediately after use to the person administering the beacons. The user is responsible for any additional costs associated with the use, like courier charges, or costs associated with recovery of the beacon.

If you activate the beacon

If you activate the beacon (accidentally OR intentionally but then decide you don't need assistance), please DO NOT DEACTIVATE the beacon.

Rescue Coordination Centre NZ told us it is better for them to locate a signalling beacon even if it turns out to be a false alarm. If signal from an active beacon disappears, RCCNZ is uncertain about the situation of the party involved and still has to launch a Search And Rescue effort.

If you have phone coverage and activate the PLB call the RCCNZ toll free on 0508 472 269 (add this number to your phone addresses)and advise them of your situation. If you are unable to make contact with RCCNZ then contact the Police on 111. If help is not required they will tell you when it is OK to turn the PLB off.

Note that the club's FastFind PLBs do not start beaconing until 50 seconds* after activation. This gives a short window during which you can de-activate the beacon.

* See How to activate your fast find


  • PLB01 = 400E6CCD34FFBFF purchased 2013
  • PLB02 = 400E6CD7ACFFBFF purchased 2013
  • PLB03 = 400E6CCD5EFFBFF purchased 2013
  • PLB04 = 400E799772FFBFF purchased 2014
  • PLB05 = 400E799784FFBFF purchased 2014

See also

Trip information

Page last modified on 2014 Mar 30 08:39

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