Artex Programmer/Tester


Search and Rescue Products Model Number: 8700/8701 / Part Number: 8700/8701

The ARTEX Programmer/Tester and the ARTEX Tester are rugged, compact, and portable systems that allow for programming and/or verification and testing of all ARTEX ELTs.  

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.

ELT Decoding
The ARTEX Tester decodes the transmission of 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat transmissions. The transmission can be read directly though the antenna cable or through the antenna itself. The unit will also indicate if 121.5 MHz is present. The Tester is a decoding device only and does not measure power. Please contact your local authority for ELT measurement requirements for annual inspections.

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 functionally 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).



406.025 Receiver Range 60Bm to + 36dBm (5W signal)
Decoding Per Cospas-Sarsat C/S T.001 (Issue 3, Revision 5)
Operating System Windows CE 5.0/Garnet OS 5.4
Microprocessor 400 MHz Samsung
Memory (Volatile) 64 megabytes SDRAM
Memory (Expansion) via MZIOtm bus standard
Display LCD Type TFT High Brightness Touch
Resolution Screen 240x320 pixels
Area Backlight 3.5" LED
Communications USB 1 megabyte/sec Serial (RS232) 1200 to 115200 bits/sec Infrared (IrDA) 1200 to 115200 bits/sec at 1 meter
Communications Connector 13 pin - custom gold plated pins
Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium Ion, custom battery pack
Battery Voltage/Capacity 7.4V nominal/1700 mAh
Protection Over change discharge and thermal
Charging Current 1.2A (maximum)
Charging Input 12V DC nominal
Weight 1 LB (456gm)
Mechanical Dimensions w/o Antenna 6.7" (170mm)(L) x 3.7" (94mm) (W) x 1.53" (39mm) (H)
Operating Temperture -10ᵒC to 60ᵒC