Beacon Awareness Day

national beacon day
ACR Electronics and their boating safety partners encourage you to get social on your social media accounts. April 6th was proclaimed “406Day” by ACR Electronics, Inc. in 2013. It is a time to celebrate the over *40,000 lives saved by using 406 MHz beacons and the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite system. The day is intended to create online awareness on the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon; such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) or Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). What started off a few years ago as just a photo share contest on social media, has now become increasingly relevant as there are two items of legislation in progress intended to promote 406 MHz beacon ownership. On the national level, the H.R. 4705 Austin and Perry Safe Boating Incentive Act plans to provide an IRS incentive to persons who purchase a beacon. In Florida, Governor Scott recently signed a bill which, on average, gives boaters a 20% discount on their boater registration fee annually with proof of NOAA registration. News Release “406Day” has not only created social media buzz but has also created useful content and has opened meaningful dialogue regarding safety precautions in the boating industry. ‘406Day’ should continue to grow with strategic partners in the multiple facets of the maritime industry, who have made the day what it is today,” shared Nichole Kalil, ACR Media Specialist. “406Day occurs during spring when most of the nation is gearing up for summer boating, the timing to share boating safety messages is perfect”, she added. Some of the past and present “406Day” boating safety partners are as follows: National Safe Boating Council, Bonnier Group, AustinBlu Foundation, NOAA, Active Interest Media Group, USCG, OAR Northwest, George Poveromo, Sea Tow, Liquid Fire Fishing Team, ACA Paddle Sports, Boat US Foundation, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Parade and West Marine.Artex