Avalanche operations: “Devices not compatible!”
“THE PIEPS DSP Avalanche Transceiver MODEL and THE Motorola GP340 Radio
are not compatible. It is possible for the avalanche transceiver to unintentionally
switch off or switch over!” This urgent warning to operations personnel comes from
St. Anton/ Arlberg in Austria.
“In the Avalanche Commission and the Piste Rescue Service on the Arlberg, we
sometimes, SIMULTANEOUSLY, use Pieps DSP avalanche transceivers and
Motorola GP340 radios. We discovered, purely by accident, that the close
contact of these two products can have dangerous consequences. When the
Motorola GP340 Radio and the Pieps DSP Avalanche Transceiver come in
close contact, the Pieps DSP will either switch off or switch from transmit
mode to search mode. As the parties at hand have no knowledge of this
occurrence, avalanche incidents may evolve into exacerbated life-threatening
events,” says Ferdinand Alber, a St. Anton, Alberg cable operator. He, also,
provides Mountain Rescue Volunteer service at our St. Anton location.
According to the PIEPS company, they are aware of the problem, adds the Tyrol
expert. The manufacturing company argues that each and every person is
responsible for not letting the two devices get too close. “I doubt whether that can be
taken into account when people are buried in an avalanche,” says Ferdinand Alber
from the Tiroler Oberland region.
According to Peter Veider, training manager at the Tyrolean Mountain Rescue Team,
it would not be a bad idea to observe or test other product combinations along these
lines within their own ranks.
Information: Ferdinand ALBER,
St. Anton am Arlberg Mountain Rescue Volunteer
Work contact address:
ARLBERGER BERGBAHNEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
KANDAHARWEG 9 ׀ 6580 ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG ׀ AUSTRIA