I performed the “Beacon Test” last night in my backyard - which has a very good view of most of the sky. I’ve meant to do it sooner, but every time I thought of it I was far off from the first five minutes of the hour. Finally I looked at the clock last night and it was just about turning over, so timing was good.
The unit did what the manual said it would. It flashed this way and that, and indicated that everything was ok. I did the GPS test as well and was happy to see that it completed with success in less than a minute.
The best part was the email that I found waiting in my inbox when I came back inside - not more than 5 minutes after performing the test! In less than 5 minutes, the satellite registered the test signal from my device, bounced the signal back down to earth, routed it to the correct Rescue Coordination Centre, and fired off an email to my registered address. Pretty darn cool if you ask me. Infinitely better than the VHF for the purposes of last-resort emergency rescue signaling.
I should get be getting paid for this plug…
I’ve had it in the water a few times since adding it to my PFD contents and have unfurled the antenna after returning home to dry it out. We’ll see how it does over time, but I think just drying things out completely from time to time should keep it from oxidizing.