Mcmurdo Smartfififind S10
A handheld manually activated SART that comes with a lanyard and a belt/arm pouch. Not for automatic activation, the S10 is waterproof to a depth of 60m (for divers) and has a quoted battery duration of at least 24 hours once activated and a five-year storage life. It has two test procedures available, both available by leaving the activation pin in place. A short battery test can be run by momentarily turning the orange rotary knob at the bottom fully anti-clockwise. In five seconds, the strobe will flash indicating battery condition. A longer and fuller system test can be initiated by turning the knob anti-clockwise and holding it there for ten seconds. This runs a full GPS test and, if its position is located, sends a one-off test message via AIS with its unique MMSI. A successful test is indicated by three flashing LEDS.
Full distress activation is achieved by pulling the arming pin out, pulling down on the orange knob and then twisting it fully clockwise. The strobe then flashes continuously inside the translucent casing and the GPS status is indicated by flashing LEDS.
In many ways, this was the most straightforward AIS SART we tested. Its operating method is logical and easily understood from the symbols on the device itself. One downside might be a slightly reduced range due to the lack of an unfurling antenna, but having 2W transmission power should ensure it meets its range. However, the lack of an automatic function renders it inoperative if the casualty is unconscious and there is no DSC function.
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Simple and easy to use but lack of an automatic trigger limits its appeal