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I remember reading somewhere that they both had older style beacons (CAIC report maybe?), so frequency drift may have been an issue. But shouldn't a trailhead beacon check determine if there was an issue? Or can drift happen between the time they hit the trailhead and the accident? I'd imagine that wouldn't be possible.

Not gonna lie, I do feel a bit nervous when I head out with someone sporting an older beacon. NWMC where I took my Level 1 class doesn't allow the older analog styles at all. It seems some people still prefer the analog style because that's what they're used to I guess. I've never used one before so I don't have any first hand experience.
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I don't care for analogs at all. I've had people argue with me that they can search faster with them than with out. I smoke them by minutes every time doing a search. Bobski, our old lead instructor instructor had a flat out challenge to anyone with an analog to try to beat him locating beacons. He could find four in under four minutes. No one every came close.

So yeah, I am skeptical with the analog guys. I've actually given them my beacon to use for the day and used their's on an occasion or two. Since I am practiced with analog beacons, and I wanted them to be able to find me fast...
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the guides at the cat operation i recently went to near fernie asked us to leave our cell phones in the cat or put them in airplane mode while we rode. they told us the newer smartphones in the last few years have been known to interfere with beacon signals, and these were recent year mammut pulse barryvox beacons we were using.

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the guides at the cat operation i recently went to near fernie asked us to leave our cell phones in the cat or put them in airplane mode while we rode. they told us the newer smartphones in the last few years have been known to interfere with beacon signals, and these were recent year mammut pulse barryvox beacons we were using.
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Everything I have seen is that the smart phones and other devices have more of an effect on beacons that are in receive mode, not transmit. This whole electronic interference thing is something new that is just now getting addressed. I don't blame the cat operators at all for making this requirement.
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it has been found that most electronics, even a phone in plane mode can interfere with a beacon in search mode if the electronic device is closer than 18" to the beacon.

When im out exploring i like to track my route with the gps on my phone, phone goes in the pack, beacon is in the bib pocket. Right around 18" apart but doesnt seem to cause interference when other check my beacon.

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