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Summary of Improvements over the 10 oz ACR Microfix PL:
- Weighs 8.9 oz with lanyard.
- Weight and size reduced by going from 6 to 4 batteries.
- Operation time still increased by more efficient circuitry (typically 35 hours @ -20 degrees C).
- New high performance 66 channel GPS receiver with its own GPS antenna.
- 5 watt transmission for 406 MHz signal with a dedicated transmission antenna: flat, stainless steel, it wraps compactly around the unit for easy stowage and is ready for rapid deployment.
- In addition to full functional self testing of internal circuitry, battery voltage and power, the SARLink allows for an increased number of long GPS acquisition tests, up to twelve times per life of battery.
- Clear cover and built-in, super bright LED strobe light increases visibility to Search and Rescue (some of the most difficult locating can occur in the last few thousand feet, and a strobe can help to ease this).
MSRP: $650 (a less expensive model without GPS capabilities, the TrekLink, is $500)
Availability: Unknown. ACR expects qualification tests for the SARLink to be successfully completed in the next few weeks. Until then, "This device has not been authorized as required by the Rules of the FCC. This device is not and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."