Item: Avalanche rescue beacon testing
Title: Avalanche rescue beacon testing
Proceedings: 2002 International Snow Science Workshop, Penticton, British Columbia
Authors: Jiirg Schweizer and Georges Krusi, Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland
Abstract: The performance of four types of avalanche rescue beacons was tested during the winter 2001 in Switzerland. During the first field test the search times were compared. The second test focused on range measurements to determine search strip width. Results show that maximal range of different beacons varies between about 25 and 100 m. Differences in search times are as well significant, but relatively small compared with the total time for recovery of a buried victim. A recently proposed method to determine search strip width based on maximum range measurements in coaxial antenna orientation was verified and can be recommended.
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Keywords: avalanche accident, avalanche rescue
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