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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:43 pm 
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I carry one beacon on my chest, one on my back (reverse the harness), one in each pocket, and if when I'm racing ski-mo, I shove it up my ass to keep it close to my center of gravity and cut down on wind resistance.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:28 pm 
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Location: Where the air meets the reefer
Around my chest in the harness like youre supposed to.

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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:41 pm 
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I ride with mine straight up me arse....


Because that's where you want to get probed??


Awesome :headbang:

Where ever you keep it just make sure you know how to use it, right.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:32 pm 
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See the second you put a beacon up your bum .... A hard booter will run up and try to probe you!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:37 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:05 am 
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Wear my PIEPS with the harness, beneath the sternum squeezed between hip- and chestbelt of backpack. It's bit uncomfortable to bow down and strap in, but wile hiking or riding I'm unaware of it.
I dont mind the comfort, but problem with that spot is more, that I'd like to have my mobile somewhere accessible but the only 30cm away zone is in the backpack... :?

I've hard times to imagine why it wouldn't also be ok to have the beacon in an airbag-backpack (with an additional butt belt) or in a jacket pocket under that airbag... but some things you do cos "you do it like that", without a better reason.

BTW, does this 30cm also apply for a radio?


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:54 am 
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neni wrote:
I've hard times to imagine why it wouldn't also be ok to have the beacon in an airbag-backpack (with an additional butt belt) or in a jacket pocket under that airbag

BTW, does this 30cm also apply for a radio?

because backpacks are not always on your person. and avalanches dont always hit when youre wearing your backpack..

probably does apply. i know ipods, smart phones, etc do. the only electronic device i travel with in avalanche terrain is a transceiver.

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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:32 pm 
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neni wrote:
does this 30cm also apply for a radio?

Yes. But not as much as a mobile or GPS.

The research is from John Barkhausen's THE EFFECT OF EXTERNAL INTERFERENCE ON AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER FUNCTIONALITY presented at ISSW in 2012. Here's a summary from BCA

Beacons only are affected in search mode. The effect dissipates really quickly with distance. Barkhausen himself says, "to get rid of any perceived interference all you need to do is hold your searching transceiver a full arm’s length from your body." This renders most (but not all) discussion about placement of cell in relation to beacon moot.
p.s. Spark plugs from a snowsled (or car) wreak havoc on beacons, so search on foot.
p.p.s. Manufacturers say 30 cm. Barkhausen says 40 cm. I've read as high as 60 cm. Play with your beacon, trying to confuse it (in a car, inside, near a computer/TV); you'll get a feel for interference and how far you need to hold it.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:42 pm 
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HansGLudwig wrote:
Beacons only are affected in search mode.


Thanks a lot for this clarification!
None of the certified guides ever mentioned this little - and very relevant - detail.


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