406 MHz ELT Programming Information
Every ELT containing a 406 MHz transmitter is programmed to transmit a unique ELT identification code, otherwise known as a hex code. This hex code contains information that identifies the aircraft's country of registration, and ELT or aircraft identification. Registration of this hex code allows the proper government authorities, in the aircraft’s registered country, to assist in an emergency situation.
When a hex code is transmitted to the satellite, it is then broadcasted to a rescue coordination center. The rescue coordination center will decode the hex code, cross-reference the registration, and initiate the search and rescue process. Registering your beacon helps to eliminate false alarms, which divert search and rescue resources away from genuine emergencies.
Warning: Unregistered transmitters may cause search and rescue processing delays. Ensuring that your 406 MHz PLB, ELT or EPIRB is registered, as well as updating the information regularly, will facilitate the task for search and rescue personnel in the event of a distress situation.
Initiate ELT, Dongle, or Programming Adapter Reprogramming
To properly program an ELT, we need some information from you. You will also need information from the manufacturer to ensure the ELT is properly installed and registered.
To begin your ELT reprogramming download the ELT Programming file from the links below. Email your completed form to email@example.com and a sales rep will follow up.
* Artex ELT 345, 1000, 3000 and 4000 series are preloaded with the standard 9600 baud rate unless otherwise requested.
*Note: If you are registering an ELT for Canadian use, please provide the 24-bit address as other identification forms are not always accepted by the Canadian Beacon Registry.
Notes and recommendations
- The charge for reprogramming is $200 (taxes may apply) not including return shipping. Your reprogrammed item will be returned in the same packaging as received.
- Newly purchased beacons include complimentary custom programming.
- EDMO strongly suggests you remove any ELT batteries defined as hazmat to qualify for non-hazmat shipping. You will also save on shipping costs due to the removal of the hazmat battery system.
- If you have a programming adapter or dongle, the ELT does not need to be programmed. The ELT will read all information from the adapter or dongle once power is applied. You will need to send in only your programming adapter or dongle for reprogramming, not the ELT.
- As with any in service product, stress to connection components may not be known until servicing the device. EDMO will not be responsible for dead batteries, broken pins or related failures experienced during the programming activity. If a failure is experienced that renders the ELT unserviceable, we will contact you for repair options.
- EDMO is not a battery replacement center and cannot sign off a battery change. EDMO can, however, provide a new battery at extra cost with your reprogrammed ELT. Installation by an authorized battery replacement center of qualified technician would be required.
- If you do not see the programming form of the ELT you would like reprogrammed or if you have further questions, please contact our Customer Service (1-800-235-3300) for assistance.