Post subject: SERIOUS Potential Beacon Problem..."457 Send Error"
Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:13 am
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:03 am Posts: 312
I hope I'm not alone in admitting I like a little tipple sometimes before I get into tour mode, and to that end I started keeping a small flask of Courvoisier, that Nectar of Pimps, in a bib pocket, snug against my beacon.
The first day I tried this (last weekedn) I noticed my beacon (Mammut-Barryvox Pulse) emitied some strange, R2D2-like chirrips and squeaks, that would mysteriously go away everytime i pulled the beacon from it's harness to check. Finally, I managed to look at the screen while it was squealing, and still near my chest. This time, to my horror, I saw the screen reading "457 Send Error". After a few more repeats, and with me seriously debating going home, the penny finally dropped.
The send error would only happen when the beacon was in close proximity to the flask. My guess is that the flask was somehow disrupting the aerial. Moving it to a cargo pocket solved the problem immediately. I knew that magnets were a potential problem, but i did not suspect that a small, light, Ti flask would also cause a problem. It seems kind of obvious in hindsight, but i have to say in all my years this is the first time i've had this problem. I'm sure this is in the manaul, but somehow I didn't notice it.
Post subject: Re: SERIOUS Potential Beacon Problem..."457 Send Error"
Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:09 pm
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:56 pm Posts: 470 Location: Meyers, CA
I have a Pulse and I have experienced this as well (but never b/c of a flask). It is likely related to the proximity of the beacon to something metal. The first thing in the owners manual after 457 send failure is something like: Check to make sure there are no metal or electronics devices near the beacon.
I don't think Pulse's are any more susceptible to metal/electronics, it is just that it lets you know when something is messing with it. Just about anything metal/electronic near any transceiver can cause some issues.
I actually like this feature, b/c when I lean against my truck and put my split away the beep reminds me to turn off the transceiver.