COSPASCosmitscheskaja Sistema Poiska Awarinitsch Sudow (Russian: space system for search of vessels in distress)
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It works with the only officially-recognised, worldwide dedicated search and rescue satellite network (operated by Cospas Sarsat).
But as nearly everyone should know, rescue organization Cospas Sarsat doesn't monitor the 121.5 MHz frequency.
In communications terms a number of companies demonstrated Cospas SarsatT 406 MHz personnel location beacon (PLB) solutions each eyeing the British Personal Emergency Locator System (Pels) requirement, due to be delivered in 2005.
The MT400 was soon to be followed by additions to the beacon product line including water activated, auto release, personal and GPS equipped models, ensuring GME's position as a major supplier of COSPAS SARSAT beacons.
The radio is somewhat unique among its contemporaries in offering a small (25 to 30 MHz) HF and higher than normal VHF range enabling it to detect the Cospas Sarsat 121.5 MHz signal beacon for peacetime rescue.
Once activated, the MAX and MAX G transmit a unique identification signal along with the user's current position via the COSPAS SARSAT international search and rescue satellite system on 406 MHz.