Backcountry Access Tracker 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $315
This is such a simple transceiver to use. I'd recommend it for any recreational user. It's also commonly used by ski patrollers.
- Easy to use
- Good value
This transceiver is very simple to use and that's what makes it so great. When I do practices with friends with other digital units, they seem to get hung up on other features and confused about how to interpret what the transceiver is telling them. This is due to not practicing enough, but with the Tracker 2, it is far more intuitive and even without much practice can be effectively used.
Some people express concern over multiple burials with this unit but Backcountry Access has good information about this on their website. I don't like the transceivers with the masking or marking feature because you could potentially mark or mask another transceiver and delay the search. However, with any transceiver it is important to understand how it works and how to use it effectively. The Tracker 2 is as simple as it gets and I believe is less open to misunderstanding.
There has also been concern over certain other manufacturers not "finding" the Tracker 2. This has been investigated by BCA and the other manufacturers and they have found that it is likely the result of user error. All transceivers use the same frequency and are subject to the same standard for how far off the frequency they are allowed to transmit and how broad the range of receiving must be. Information on this can be found at beaconreviews.com.
I like the harness system because you can place the transceiver off to one side, rather than have it sit in the middle of your body. It is very easy to use with bulky gloves or mitts on.
Even though the published range is larger than other digital transceivers, I haven't found it to be much better than others when doing range checks with friends. I haven't gone out and measured but it is at least as good or better than others.
There have been a few "glitches" reported with the Tracker 2 but I still think this is the best transceiver for most people. My Tracker 2 suddenly started using battery power while it was turned off. I had 2 seasons of reliable use but this season I went through 4 sets of batteries in 6 weeks. I returned it to BCA and received a new one.
As well, my girlfriend's Tracker 2 would reboot while in transmit mode. It was pretty random but at several times, the start up beeps would sound. She returned it to BCA and received a new one.
Despite these problems, I still like it more than other units.
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BCA's Tracker2 offers the industry's fastest, most precise pinpointing, with triple receive antenna, instantaneous real-time display, and same easy-to-use interface as Tracker DTS. An intuitive mechanical search/transmit switch makes it even easier to use right "out of the box." Thinner profile and harness than Tracker DTS. Includes Special mode and multiple burial indicator lights.
The Backcountry Access Tracker2 avalanche transceiver features quick processing and 3 receiving antennas wrapped up in an easy-to-use interface to make searching faster and simpler. Fast internal processor essentially eliminates lag so you can quickly search for a victim without having to wait for your transceiver. 3 receiving antennas allow excellent precision and pinpoint search capabilities no matter what position the victim is buried in. Mechanical search/transmit switch clearly indicates the mode you are in and is easy to operate; pull the switch to enter search and push it back in to return to transmit. Numeric distance display shows approximate distance in meters to buried transmitter; pinpoint search loudspeaker provides reinforcement to visual data. When searching, LED lights indicate the direction of the victim's signal; simply rotate the transceiver and proceed as the lights indicate. Special Mode narrows the search angle field to assist in searches for multiple burials; indicator light illuminates when multiple burials are detected. Tracker2 has a thinner profile and harness than the Backcountry Access Tracker DTS (sold separately); rubberized housing provides a sure grip. Included holster harness system allows the unit to be easily removed for searching. Operates on 457 kHz frequency and is fully compatible with other 457 kHz units; functions as a transmitter and receiver. Uses 3 AAA alkaline batteries (included), which provide a minimum life of 250 hrs. in transmit mode; 50 hrs. in receive mode.
The Backcountry Access Tracker 2 subtracts weight and size, and adds real-time display and a third receiving antenna to the best-selling, dead-simple Tracker DTS. The third digital antenna increases accuracy and provides a strong buried signal in any orientation, while the real-time display eliminates lag time, allowing you to narrow your search zone quickly when seconds count. The Tracker 2's single search / transmit switch makes learning and teaching a snap, and it reduces confusion when you hit adrenaline overdrive.
Free Shipping. Backcountry Access Tracker2 Avalanche Beacon DECENT FEATURES of the Backcountry Access Tracker2 Avalanche Beacon Rapid processor and simple user interface Real-time, digital display shows direction and distance Multiple burial indicator light Bright red LEDs (light emitting diodes) Uses three AAA alkaline batteries Includes a protective carrying case The SPECS Frequency: 457 kHz Batteries: three AAA alkaline Battery Life: minimum 1 hour in search mode after 200 hours in transmit mode (approximately 250 hours in transmit only or 50 hours in search only) Limited 5-year warranty Assembled and tested in the USA Certified to be in compliance with all applicable North American and European norms US Patent #6,167,249 and 6,484,021 B1 Tracker2 FCC ID: OUNT2 Tracker2 IC: 3561A-T2 ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.