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TPS 8700 406 MHz ELT Test & Programmer
Discontinued Item
(DAI Part# 8700)
ELT Testing and Verification of ELT ID
Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) are required to have their unique identification number registered with the national authorities. The ARTEX Tester provides a simple method to verify and save the ARTEX ELTs ID after installation, reprogramming or should the beacon need to be re-registered after an aircraft ownership change.

Test Data
The ARTEX Tester records all data in an internal database which can be backed up to your PC. The data can be viewed on the computer independently of the Tester, and it is time stamped as proof of transmission and proper programming. The Tester can print via a USB interface to a PC. The printing capability requires a downloadable software program available at

The ARTEX Programmer/Tester has all the aforementioned functionality of the Tester and it can also quickly and easily program the full line of ARTEX ELTs. It is capable of programming the desired protocol, NAV Data Baud Rate, and required information as outlined by Cospas-Sarsat through the applicable programming cable (included).

*All features of 8700 are only applicable to ARTEX ELTs.
Test & Programming Feature Chart TPS 8700 TS 8701 TPS 8715
Verification of ELT ID and Decoding of 406 MHz Transmission X X X
Testing for Presence of 121.5 MHz and 243 MHz Transmissions X X X
Programming ARTEX General Aviation ELTs Only (reference PN 8700 for unit that is also capable of Transport Level ELT Programming)     X
Programming all ARTEX ELTs X    
Data backup to PC X X X
Print Capability via USB interface to a PC X X X
Software Included with Product X X  
Software not Included with Product (software downloaded after product is received by customer)     X
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TPS 8700
Product Number
406.025 Receiver Range
-60dBm to + 36dBm (5W Signal)
Per Cospas-Sarsat C/S T.001 (Issue 3, Revision 5)
Operating System
Windows CE 5.0 /Garnet OS 5.4
400 MHz Samsung
Memory (Volatile) / Memory (Non-Volatile) / Memory (Expansion)
64 megabytes SDRAM / 128 megabytes Flash / via MZIO bus standard
Display - LCD Type
TFT High Brightness Touch Screen
Display - Resolution
240 x 320 pixels
Display - Viewable Area
Display - Backlight
Communications - USB
1 megabyte / sec
Communications - Serial (RS232)
1200 to 115200 bits / sec
Communications - Infrared (IrDA)
1200 to 115200 bits / sec at 1meter
Communications Connector
13 pin - custom gold plated pins
Battery Type
Lithium Ion, custom battery pack
Battery Voltage
7.4V nominal
Battery Capacity
1700 mAh
Battery Protection
Over charge / discharge and thermal
Battery - Charging Current
1.2A (maximum). Via cradle (not provided) or communications cable
Battery - Charging Input
12V DC nominal (use only charger supplied)
Dimensions (w/o Antenna)
6.7" (170mm) (L) x 3.7"(94mm) (W) x 1.53" (39mm) (H)
Weight (Approx., w/antenna)
1 LB (456gm)
Operating Temperature / Storage Temperature / Humidity
-10C to 60C / -20C to 65C / 5% to 90% relative humidity
CSPR22, CSPR24 (RF emissions & ESD immunity)
FCC / CE / Sealing
Part 15, Class A / EU EMC Directive / IP67 (submersible to 1 meter - 30 min)
Current Consumption: Power On / Full System / Sleep Mode
130mA typical (Meazura only - backlight off) / 60mA typical (Backlight on) / 7mA typical