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New Transceiver for 21/21? Recs please

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philwig wrote:
If you're saying you actually understand why the old gear is less efficient, and yet you insist on using it, then that is certainly a different problem.

I actually layed out that there are advantages with the modern devices, but these don't play a considerable role in my sort of usage.
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Haggis_Trap wrote:
... Ortovox used to have nice (patented) system that "on / off" switch was integrated into harness. Means it's always on when wearing it..
I remember those on the F1, it seemed like a neat piece of design.

I've been using the Arva Evo 5 for a couple of days now and I like the form factor a lot - it's really designed for pocket not harness use.
There's an extra-cost harness if people want to stick with that.
I can't do an a:b comparison but it works as you'd expect for a modern device.
It uses about 5% battery per day, although I don't yet know if that rate is going to be stable yet.

The "confirm off" switch has a quirk which is that if you press and hold it silences the warning beep, but
continues to transmit. You have to only stab the confirm-off button momentarily to fully power it down.
I don't think that's a great design feature in that a third party could well have trouble turning it off.
But battery removal can be done with the fingers only.
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Idris wrote:
Barryvox - not the S unless you are Geek and will use it a lot - the standard one is simpler to use

On my ski patrol course last November/December, Barryvoxes were proved to be the longest range and equaly the easyiest to use - just let it do its work and don't rush.

I am well practiced, but on my pro exam, any time under 3min 20, for trancivers minimum depth 50cm is considered good enough for maximum points - I managed 1min50 the fastest of the day.
With the ammount of practice we did, I though everyone would get 10point - 60% didn't......slowest time was 7 min 20, still not terrible.

Just spotted this. Is that for a single transceiver?

Memory is getting hazy, but I think the standard for BASI3 and IML was to find a single transceiver (buried in a rucksack, hit it with a probe to stop the clock) within 2 minutes. For BASI4, standard was to find 2 transceivers, without turning the first one off, within 7 minutes. In both cases, starting from out-of-range, i.e. 100m or so away.
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Oh, had a chance today to compare the Evo 5 to the current Pieps Powder BT. I'm biased as I bought the Evo.

Range-wise the Evo seems similar to the Pieps. I could always detect what others were detecting, and in some cases I could detect signals they could not.
I like the "turn around" indicator which I encountered in one search, it's just one less thing to worry about.

The Evo is at least as quick as the Pieps. You're the limitation, not the device's processor.

I liked the ergonomics of the close-up search, from the fancy tone changes to the graphic. I'd guess all current
generation machines will be like that, but it's good anyway.

The "multiple burial" thing works as you'd expect.
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any comments on the usability of the Barryvox / Pieps whilst wearing gloves? even doing the transciever check in the morning, you don't always want to deglove, and for searching/digging, certainly not.
Other practical points? harness comfort, switching to search mode, etc.
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Ok quick resus, Arva Evo 4? Thoughts?
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Beacon reviews didn’t particularly like it. Why get a 3.5 star transceiver, when you can get a 5 star one?

The only Arva transceiver I’ve tried was the Ava Axio, the one with the fold down extended 3rd antenna. In side by side testing it had poor range, and often started off pointing me in the wrong direction at long range. It seems others thought the same as it was introduced in 2016 and discontinued in 2020, which must be some sort of record.
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