Arthur - I'm worried that your message muddles what Carver was trying to say, as satellites were not mentioned in their post. It should be clear that 1 antenna beacons are a less effective way to search for buried victims (compared to 2 or 3 antennas), especially if the user does not have experience and specific training for their use. Reviews online have said that the only appropriate use would be for someone who would not be conducting a search, like children. I strongly agree with your advice about taking an avalanche course and practicing with your beacon. Thank you for mentioning that.
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As mentioned in my first post, Outdoor Gear Lab has a detailed review of this product. Note under their "Best Uses" section they say, "Okay beacon to loan your kids or for sidecountry skiers who are only wearing it so other people can search for them." Here's the link.
I bought the Pieps Freeride a couple years ago. During an AIARE Avy 1 course this weekend, the instructor informed me that the Freeride should not be used to conduct searches because having 1 antenna makes them far less accurate and more difficult to use. The beacon has an arrow on the screen, which becomes larger as you search, but the arrow is not directional - it only communicates signal strength. Super confusing/frustrating (as I've experienced during practice searches) if you think following the arrow will help lead you to your buried buddy. The beacon is still useful for being found, so would work well for a dog or a child that won't be searching. Outdoor Gear Lab has a great review of this beacon, if you'd like more information.