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Beacons are lifesavers—make sure they work.

Before you take your chances outside the gates, check the status of yours and your buddies’ beacons with the Pieps Checker Beacon. This small, easy-to-use handheld device ensures you don’t forget one of the most important steps when heading out into avalanche terrain: double-checking everyone’s beacons. Simply hold down the button and move closer to a beacon until you hear the Checker pick up the standard 457kHz signal and play the reassuring tone. The internal battery-powered Checker has no on/off switch, but only uses power when you press the checker button. It comes with a clip-on adjustable neck-strap so you can wear it and not possibly forget this crucial step at the trailhead.

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Most Useless Invention Ever

I can't imagine why anyone would buy one of these. What a waste of money. Any avalanche beacon does exactly what this does. Anytime you are heading out in the backcountry, everyones beacon should be checked that it both transmits AND receives before you head out.

I have an ortovox m2 avalance beacon- I...

I have an ortovox m2 avalance beacon- I think it is single antenna. I am looking for a transmit only device to practice searches
with. anyone heard of a supplier of these?

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There used to be something called a "ski mouse" which was a transmitter that could be attached to skis so you could find them, but I haven't seen it for a while. I think your best bet would be an old beacon. The really old 2275 mhz are getting tough to find, but any 2nd/3rd/4th hand beacon should be good enough for burial practice. For searching practice, I wrap mine in blister wrapping (shipping supply store) and then put it in an old plastic VCR box. It provides a good "target" and also protects the beacon.

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I don't think the ski mouse transmitted on the same frequency as the regular units. Reason being that you wouldn't want folks spending a lot of precious time in a rescue digging out a ski. I'm not sure Ortovox makes the mouse anymore, but it was a pretty great idea.


Does this work with any other beacon, or...

Does this work with any other beacon, or just the Pieps? Thank you

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All beacons use an international frequency standard of 457 kHz.