US Coast Guard to Respond to Digital Distress Calls Only

Jan 22, 2009 — Beginning February 1, 2009, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) will only receive distress alert broadcasts from digital 406-MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs). The USCG will no longer process analog signals transmitting on 121.5 or 243.0 MHz. Mariners and aviators are urged to make the switch before the deadline and register, as required by law, their EPIRBs with the United States 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database System or by calling 1-888-212-SAVE.