When winter is over, most of us generally pack away our winter gear and bring out the summer equipment. However, that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your Avalanche transceiver or expect it be suitable when you need it again.
Due to how important a transceiver is for ensuring your safety out in the unknown, it’s vital that you check it’s in good working condition before you set off.
Plenty of people accidentally head out into the mountains without first checking if their transceiver is working correctly.
It could require an update, there could be an issue with the hardware itself or the batteries may be corroded or need replacing with new ones.
It’s important to make it a habit to check your transceiver before heading out after a long period of time.
When out in the mountain, it’s good to develop a habit of checking it every morning to see if the batteries are functional and if the hardware is working fine.
Before heading out, gather in a group and check your transceivers together. This will ensure that everyone’s transceivers are working correctly.
While these 10 vital steps above may look time-consuming and complicated, it only takes a couple of minutes and is an efficient way to check that each avalanche transceiver can transmit and receive properly. It’s a relatively simple approach that checks to make sure each transceiver is working correctly.
See short clip below of how to perform an avalanche beacon test:
Occasionally, your transceiver may require a software update in order to fix certain issues. The internal software can be updated if you are experiencing issues or if it’s been a while since you last bought the device.
You may need to look at the manufacturer’s website or speak to support in order to learn how to do this, We can upgrade your Ortovox 3+ or Ortovox S1 Transceiver at snowsafe.
If your beacon is not working when in the resort and there is no one with a backup or spare then you may be able to hire an avalanche transceiver from the resort that you are visiting.
Guides will only allow you to ski in the group if you have a avalanche beacon.
For your Ski Travel Insurance to be valid when skiing off-piste outside of resort boundaries you must ensure you are wearing one.
When hiring an avalanche transceiver, make sure that it is functioning correctly with the test outlined above. Alot of hired transceivers are old and lack in functionality.
Make sure that the battery isn’t corroded and speak to the resort for more information on how to operate it if you’re unsure or if the brand is different from what you’re used to.
Thank you for taking time to read our blog, if you have a old or non functioning beacon and looking to upgrade we can offer you 10% off Avalanche Transceivers and Avalanche safety packages using coupon code TEST10 at the checkout.
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