I am struggling to remember my academy training but doesn’t each cluster of ejected pods use ultra low power local networking to elect one of them to serve as the high powered beacon for that group? If I recall they rotate the role between them to minimise power drain. This also has the benefit that each cluster shows up as a single “pod” on tactical overviews and avoids clutter. Otherwise they would look as dense as a fleet of Arvonian fighters. Those larger pods may be the ones for larger shipboard spaces like the bridge or the mess hall, or the station safety systems.