I have the Barryvox pulse, I'm very impressed with it.The Barryvox Pulse is a great beacon, but I have found that it can be confusing, especially under pressure.
I think I am coming to the following conclusion.I have the Barryvox pulse, I'm very impressed with it.
I would say it is a beacon that is for the person that bought it, it's not a loaner unit. With the new firmware you can lock out the confusing stuff.
I have not read any complaints on them being confusing from people that only use them, it's mainly from the people that jump between different beacons.
We took Mike Duffy's rescue class this year. He put a beacon over the arch of the hill about a 100 yards away, then had us turn our beacons on to search. Mine picked it up right away. He had everybody move closer until there beacons locked on, then had them stop. The next closest person to me was 20 yards away.
On the search portion of the training, I was able to take a straighter line to the buried beacon than the Pieps or other beacons. So I was able to do multiple's faster.
I would say that any of the newer three antenna digital beacons are a good choice with the proper training.
This has been a very informative and helpful thread. Thanks to all. How do the Avy Packs work?
I too am going to update our transceivers as we still have the old Pieps 457 Opti4 units with the four red leds. Something not mentioned in any reviews is how easy it is to see the LCD readout in bright sunlight. I have a terrible time with digital cameras in the bright sunshine and am wondering if these are as hard to see. Would those of you who have the newer transceivers comment on this please?
Not that all of the post doesn't bear repeating...Then practice with it and take a hands-on rescue class.
Check out these new probes from Pieps. They have a reciever built into the tip of the probe. They work with all beacons but if you are probing for a DSP beacon and get the probe within 50 cm of the beacon you can press the mark button which will turn off the dsp beacon to make it easier to find multiple burials. In the event someone pulls the probe out by mistake as soon as it is more than 50 cm away from the beacon it will turn back on.
Our whole crew got them this year. Haven't had to use them in a real burial but they have worked good in practice.
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The iProbe will pick up the signal of any standard-frequency avalanche beacon; however, for the temporary disabling of the beacon by the iProbe, you must have a Pieps Beacon. The Pieps DSP will work as long as it has software version 5.0 or higher and the Pieps Freeride beacon will work. No other beacons on the market (that I am aware of anyway) have the functionality to be temporarily disabled by the iProbe.Which beacons support iPROBE? I'd be interested but ony if my existing DSP or Pulse would work with this.