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(this link from the USCG will download the latest document to your system): This publication is updated weekly by Homeland Security and the U. S. Coast Guard. It contains a wealth of information regarding marine navigation and safety issues in California, Colorado River, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

The United States Coast Pilot® consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intra-coastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart. It is now provided on-line by NOAA and updated weekly.

If you are planning a boating trip, these will certainly provide valuable information to help keep you safe and increase your enjoyment of your adventure. 

September 27, 2011

EPIRB: Post Factory Service - Registration Concerns

In recent months Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB’s) registration cards have not been matched to the right beacon after being returned from the manufacturer to their owners after replacing the battery or having factory maintenance repairs made. 

If you recently sent your EPIRB back to the manufacturer for repairs and/or to have the power supply (battery) replaced, we suggest you compare the Identification Hexadecimal Number on the registration form sticker with the number on the unit itself. Please verify that the 15 digit Hexadecimal Numbers match your registration certificate. These numbers must match exactly. If you receive your EPIRB back from the manufacturer and the Hexadecimal numbers do not match, you should immediately file an updated registration form with NOAA.  

How do I register my beacon or submit an updated registration form? Preferably register online at:www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov.

However, you can also mail or fax the signed registration form to:

NOAA/SARSAT
NSOF, E/SP3
4231 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Fax: 301-817-4565

New beacons come with a registration form. While pre-owned beacons may not come with a registration form, the form can be downloaded from the website identified above or faxed to you on request by calling: 888-212-7283.

Source: [Lillian M Haines DIR-V]

Bruce Johnson, DIR-B
Director for RBS Outreach
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary