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How to Buy an Avalanche Beacon

An avalanche beacon is an absolute necessity in the backcountry. As soon as you leave the trailhead or leave the resort boundary, you and everyone in your group should be transmitting (wearing a beacon and have it turned on). No matter which one you choose, practice with your beacon until its operation is second nature and you're ready to confidently use it in a life-or-death situation.



Range
The greater a beacon’s range, the more likely it is to be able to receive a signal early in the search process.
Antennas
Two or three antenna beacons have quickly become the norm due to their improved distance and directional sensitivity; the three-antenna design is a further improvement that helps to reduce signal spikes when doing close, precise searches.
Other Features
Some advanced beacons enable you to mark multiple burial victims, and can automatically guide you to the closest signal (blocking out all others) to drastically reduce search time in the event of a multiple burial.

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