I'm going tramping/hunting/boating. Do you recommend I take a personal locator beacon?
A personal locator beacon is a small electronic device that, on activation, broadcasts a signal to a satellite. This signal alerts the New Zealand Rescue Co-Ordination Centre that you are in distress. NZ Police recommends you take a Registered 406 beacon with you when are in the outdoors in areas where you may not have cell phone coverage or other means of communication readily available. You should also consider hiring a mountain radio if tramping or hunting and using a marine VHF radio if boating.
NB Only 406MHz distress beacons are monitored by satellite. 121.5MHz and 243MHz frequencies are no longer monitored and should be disposed of properly - NOT thrown away. You can hand in to your nearest police station or outdoors retailer.
Beacons may be purchased or hired.
More info: www.beacons.org.nz