Originally Posted by mntlion
if you are just going to be a victim, and the beacon is a locater only (stupid, but if that is the reality of it) then buy one with the longest send range. This will help others find you.
All beacons have the same send range. (Any differences among models are trivial in this regard.)
I suspect the main problem with using a beacon in "victim-only" mode is that the wearer might stumble upon a rescue scene and neglect to turn the beacon to Off or Search/Receive, thereby complicating the search for a real victim with multiple (and possibly even mobile) signals. In many searches, would-be rescuers who thought there were searching were actually still in transmit mode.
Here's an interesting account:
"I’ve been on the board of Friends of Tuckerman (www.friendsoftuckerman.org
), but I am far from an avalanche expert. I do practice with my beacon, probably not enough, but am confident in my skills. I vary the scenarios as to how many buried beacons and number of searchers. I mess with people that I have practiced with by switching mine back to transmit. The problem for me was that even with trying to mix it up, I never really thought about a beacon search happening with so many people in the search party coming in at different times and creating mass beacon confusion. Just when you would think you were down to one signal, more would appear; this happened many times. I have started to call it the “urban” beacon rescue."
("Avalanche in Hannes Schneider’s Hometown of St. Anton -- Schneider Brothers Survive Alps Avalanche," by Hannes Schneider, Special to The Ear, February 08, 2007 -- in case you're wondering about the incongruity between the name and the date, this is the grandson of *the* Hannes Schneider)
In case you want to buy a beacon and develop some proficiency in searching, here are some reviews:http://www.wildsnow.com/1476/avalanche-beacon-review-intro/