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McMurdo SART

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The McMurdo Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) is a 9GHz receiver/transmitter. On receiving a pulse from any standard 9 GHz X-band radar, the SART immediately transmits a signal which clearly indicates the survival craft on the radar screen by means of a series of 12 in-line dots. Once activated, the SART will remain in standby mode for over 96 hours.

It is fully approved and has been designed for assisting in air/sea rescue operations in accordance with IMO, GMDSS requirements.

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  • USCG & FCC approved
  • Approved to IEC 1097-1
  • Small and lightweight
  • Ship or survival craft applications
  • 5 year long life user replaceable battery pack
  • Maintenance free
  • Audio/visual alarm
  • Built-in test facility
  • Mounting options - internal/external

Designed to meet the toughest of marine environments, it has been proven in use worldwide.

Receiver Response:

9.2 - 9.5 GHz, sensitivity
better than - 50dBm

Transmitter Response:

12 forward and return sweeps through the range 9.2 - 9.5GHz. Nominal sweep times 7.5us forward and 0.4us return. Minimum recovery time following excitation, less than 10us. Response reply receiver signal less than 0.5 us.

Radiated Power (EPIRB):

Not less than 400mW (+26dBm)

Duration of Operation:

96 hours in standby condition followed by a minimum 8 hours of transmission while being continuously interrogated with a pulse repetition frequency of 1 kHz.

Temperature Range:

-4oF to + 131oF operational

-22oF to + 149oF storage

Antenna Characteristics:

Vertical beamwidth at least +/- 12.5 degree relative to the horizontal plane of the radar transponder to +/- 2dB. Azimuthal beamwidth omnidirectional to +/- 2dB.

Effective Antenna Height:

3’3" or greater.


33.25oz without Bracket


11.8" long x 2.44" diameter
Performance Yacht Systems
919 Bay Ridge Road
Annapolis, MD  21403

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