AvCan's How to Mitigate Transceiver InterferenceIt’s not news that avalanche transceivers can be affected by metallic or electronic items, but how do we mitigate such interference so our gear functions properly? “In our increasingly wired world, where we head into the backcountry with phones, video cameras, satellite communication devices, and more, this subject has become more important,” says Mountain Guide Karl Klassen. A transceiver search is already challenging, so make your life easier by eliminating any potential sources of interference.
Klassen breaks down types of interference into two categories: Passive and Active. Passive interference blocks a transceiver’s signal when it is too close to items made of metal or foil. Active interference disturbs the transceiver’s signal when it’s too close to a variety of electrical devices. Items like heated socks and heated gloves, cell phones and satellite communication devices are all potential sources of interference, which can affect a transceiver’s send and search modes. Read more here to learn about how to mitigate active interference and learn some common sources of interference.