Thank you for sharing this information Colin. Anyone using the Pulse should check this out for themselves and make sure that the switch is correctly locked. This issue follows the “vital signs” incompatibility issue between EU and US spec Pulse beacons (US beacons use a different frequency for the vital signs transmissions and this can only be changed to the European frequency at the factory).
My pulse Barryvox does the same…
Always check the button is in the locked position
When the button moves into the locked postion you should hear a click.
Also when one of the party you are skiing/boarding with does a
group check they SHOULD notice your device is not working…
Jay, I think you are missing my point which is that it is quite possible for the PULSE to be transmitting, and hence to pass a group test, while the on/off button is not locked into the on/send position. So it is possible that it is later inadvertently moved to off without the wearer noticing.
This is why I feel it should not turn on until after the button pops up into the locked on/send position.
This is simply a case of poor design, it appears to be a custom designed switch that has not been thought out and implemented well.
Sadly it has the potential to kill someone, which can only be rectified by a product recall and the fitting of a new switch.
They could redesign the holder the unit is held in.
There is no need for for the slot located on the righthand side of the holder.. that allows the unit to be in the OFF position..This is looking from the rear of the unit when it is placed in the holder.
If this slot was removed .. ie replaced with plastic you could not insert the unit into the holder until the unit was locked into the ON position.
You may notice you cannot set the unit to search when it is in the holder.
If there was no slot for the switch .. the switch could NOT be
knocked into the off postion.
Always check the button is in the locked position ...
"it has the potential to kill someone”
No it does not. The beacon has no lethal potential. If you are caught by an avalanche, the avalanche can kill you, not the beacon. For searchers to have a good chance of finding you should you be buried, the beacon has to be working, and so the switch should be turned on fully. I agree that the switch should be better designed so that you can be sure that it is operating without further effort by you. There is a design fault which should be rectified. But I don’t think your case is helped by emotive language.
FWIW, I don’t have a Pulse; I use a Tracker, which operates under the control of a very positive action switch. I have just checked - the switch is definitely either off or on.