Reminder about Consumer Electronics and Beacons

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Reminder about Consumer Electronics and Beacons

Postby Marc_C » Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:37 am

A reminder that cell phones, MP3 players, etc. can and do interfere with an avi beacon in search mode:

http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/interference.asp
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Re: Reminder about Consumer Electronics and Beacons

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:15 pm

IIRC you can have a cell phone if it's turned off, right?
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Re: Reminder about Consumer Electronics and Beacons

Postby Admin » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:23 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:IIRC you can have a cell phone if it's turned off, right?


In search mode I'd keep it (and any other metal or electronic) far, far away from the beacon. You're searching for a friend who's fighting for his or her life -- throw the damned cell phone in the snow. Every second counts, so are you going to sit there and fumble with turning the thing off?

Even in transmit mode I'd keep them as separated as possible.
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Re: Reminder about Consumer Electronics and Beacons

Postby q » Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:20 am

Admin wrote:You're searching for a friend who's fighting for his or her life -- throw the damned cell phone in the snow. Every second counts, so are you going to sit there and fumble with turning the thing off?


I'm no expert but is throwing it in the snow not potential for loosing the thing you need most once you have dug him out, just a pedantic thought thrown in :stir:
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Re: Reminder about Consumer Electronics and Beacons

Postby Admin » Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:18 am

q wrote:
Admin wrote:You're searching for a friend who's fighting for his or her life -- throw the damned cell phone in the snow. Every second counts, so are you going to sit there and fumble with turning the thing off?


I'm no expert but is throwing it in the snow not potential for loosing the thing you need most once you have dug him out, just a pedantic thought thrown in :stir:


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