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 Post subject: WTB - Inexpensive Transceiver/Beacon
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:06 pm 
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Not for use in the BC, but to replace my hide and seek beacon that I was using with my children. Playing the game is good for all of us and allows me to keep practicing even when conditions dictate staying home is best. I had been using an ancient beacon that through time no longer works. Dropping them repeatedly does not help either.

I'm looking to get one as inexpensivley as possible. No one's life will be hanging in the balance here, for home/yard use only. (If I can find two that is even better so the girls don't have to hide together anymore). Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:28 pm 
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hey mumbles,
I recently read an article by Halstead Morris, an avi tech, who recomends putting your "to be found" beacon into a hollowed out nerf-football. at first glance it sounds low-budget and all, but he claims it allows him to play "find the beacon" by throwing the football over his shoulder, in the mountains without damaging the beacon.
this might also forestall your daughters breaking their beacons.

you might also want to have the manufacturer repair it...they might be able to do it cheaper than you buy a used unit...
cheers,
gary

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ITM, two great tips. I am not sure if the manufacturer will repair this one due to how old it is, but I will check. I also think the nerf football idea would work to add some protection to it for sure. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:37 pm 
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Ortovox has a beacon that only transmits, for use on pets. It's cheaper than regular beacons.

Mammoth Mountaineering has it:
http://www.mammothgear.com/shop/shopexd ... 9315&bc=no

Plus you can use the discount code:
http://www.splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=4616

w/discount it should come out to around $150.

Great idea about the nerf football. I used to put the test beacon in a ziplock bag or tupperware container, but I like the nerf idea better. It probably also feels more like a body when hit with a probe.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:09 pm 
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jimw, I did not know they made transmit only versions for the four legged ones. That could be a good angle, I will consider that option. Thanks a bunch.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:46 am 
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thanks Jimw,
just a note, I think Ortovox has discontinued this item. we bought what Ortovox had left and we only have 2 more. We will keep our eyes out for another transmit only beacon, and maybe Ortovox will bring it back, but they may get really hard to find.


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 Post subject: Survival on Snow - Dog/equipment/sled transmitters
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:11 pm 
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This probably isn't exactly what you're after - you'll need a new beacon yourself too, but this might be of interest to anyone thinking of their dogs/kit/sleds.

Edit: the link! http://www.sos-find.com/pages/beacons.html

Basically an improved Ortovox F1, if you like them. Imporved range and sensitivity - 7 LEDs rather than 3.

Another edit - just realised it's a flash site, so you'll need to click on SOS-SB (twice, for some reason!)


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