Radiocommunications (121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) Standard 2014 - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this standard if you intend to manufacture, supply, sell or modify a radiocommunications device that is a 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz emergency position indicating radio beacon.

This standard provides the minimum requirements for maritime emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) including those designed for use as personal EPIRBS operating via carrier frequencies of 121.5 and 243.0 MHz and aviation portable emergency locater transmitters (ELTs) operating on 121.5 MHz. This standard does not apply to fitted emergency locating transmitters (ELTs) or 406 MHz beacons employing 121.5 or 243.0 MHz homing devices. The technical requirements of this standard are drawn from AS / NZS 4330:2006 121.5 and 243.0 MHz emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) including personal EPIRBs.

It is important to note that 121.53 and  243.0 MHz EPIRBs cannot be operated in Australia.

Please note that if you are importing a radiocommunication device for the sole purpose of use at a significant event it may be exempt from this standard.

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Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Radiocommunications Act 1992 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Communications Infrastructure

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