Patent Number: 6,167,249

Title: Avalanche victim locating transceiving apparatus

Abstract: A rescue transceiver apparatus for transmitting a signal to and receiving a signal from another rescue transceiver apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a housing and a radio signal transmitter for the transmission of a radio signal in a transmitting mode with a first predetermined frequency with the radio signal transmitter being mounted within the housing. A receiver is provided for selectively receiving the first predetermined frequency from the radio signal transmitter in a receiving mode. The receiver comprises a first antenna mounted completely within the housing, a second antenna mounted completely within the housing with the second antenna being disposed substantially perpendicular to the first antenna, and a virtual third antenna mounted completely within the housing with the virtual third antenna being derived from phase information generated by the first antenna and the second antenna. The first antenna, the second antenna, and the third virtual third antenna provide three-dimensional vector analysis by the receiver of the predetermined frequency received from the radio transmitter. The apparatus further comprises a microcontroller for controlling the radio signal transmitter and the receiver.

Inventors: Hereford; John W. (Boulder, CO), Bond; Michael X. (Boulder, CO)

Assignee: Hereford; John W.

International Classification: A63B 29/02 (20060101); A63B 29/00 (20060101); G01S 13/00 (20060101); G01S 13/74 (20060101); G01S 3/02 (20060101); G01S 3/14 (20060101); G01S 3/04 (20060101); G01S 3/74 (20060101); G01V 3/15 (20060101); H04N 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017