EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It does this by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency via satellite and earth stations to the nearest rescue coordination centre. FT-8200 is operated with COSPAS-SARSAT system and meets GMDSS standard.


The FT-8200 EPIRB is supplied with a fully enclosed automatic float free housing which inside includes 2 transmitters and 1 GNSS Receiver. The beacon transmits on the 406MHz frequency and 121.5MHz homing signal for searching and rescue. FT-8200 is fully compatible with the COSPAS-SARSAT and GMDSS regulation and meets IMO requirements.


It is safe and easy to operate. When vessel sinking, the FT-8200 will automatically release itself from its enclosure before it reaches a depth of 4 meters of sea water. The FT-8200 will float on the water surface and start to operate when its water switch is activated or you can activate it manually from a life raft.

Product type: Class II

  • Operating temperature: -20 to 55 degree Celsius
  • Battery operating: 48 hours
  • Battery Pack: Lithium primary battery (Li/SOCl2)
  • Strobe Light: 24 times/min
  • Waterproof Capability: tested to 10mins at 33ft (10m)
  • Dimensions: W140xD119xH370mm
  • Total Weight: 1600g

121.5MHz Homing Transmitter

  • Operating frequency: 121.5MHz – 3kHz
  • Power Output: 17dBm – 3dB
  • Modulation Type: AM (3K2OA3X)
  • Modulation Duty Cycle: 33% ~ 55%
  • Transmission Duty Cycle: 97% continuous transmitting)

406MHz Distress Transmitter

  • Operating Frequency: 406.040MHz to 1kHz
  • Power output: 5W (37dBm) -2dB
  • Modulation Mode: Bi phase L
  • Transmission Time: long message520ms, short message 440ms
  • Repetition Rate: 47.2s – 52.5s

GNSS Receiver

  • Receiver Type: 50 channel, L1-1575.42Mhz, C/A code
  • Receiving Sensitivity: -162dBm (tracking), -148dBm (cold start)
  • Accuracy: less <15 meter
  • Position Capture: <32s (cold start), 2s (recapture)
  • Receiving Antenna: Ceramic patch


  • Register with the appropriate national authority before using this product.
  • Product programming must be done by the factory or authorized service agent only.
  • False alert occurred should be informed to local SAR department to immediately stop the alert and cancel the rescue.
  • Intentional false alert may result in penalties and any cost of the operation will be charged to the user.
  • Repairing and maintenance should be done by an authorized person.