Backcountry Access Tracker DTS
Price Paid: $280
There is a reason that this beacon is #1. It is very inexpensive and easy to use. It has a great range of up to 50 meters in my experience. It's quick and easy, and worth the money. You won't be sorry with this beacon. -mark
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In 1997, the Tracker DTS revolutionized the transceiver market by introducing digital, dual antenna technology. Since then, it has become the world's best-selling transceiver. That's for a simple reason; it's the easiest to use. With directional lighting and digital distance readings, the guesswork of finding buried victims is eliminated. It now comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Simply the easiest avalanche beacon to learn and the fastest to use. When in avalanche-risk areas, members keep their Trackers in transmit. In case of avalanche, the non-affected members switch their units to receive mode and swiftly hone in on the victim.
Backcountry Access Tracker's new harness system and user-friendly tracking system speeds up the response time of finding those caught in an avalanche. Two units are required for use; each person in a party should carry a unit for the best chance of rescue in the event of an avalanche. Tracker DTS transceiver uses a multi-dimensional antenna system to locate buried transmitters, eliminating user signal-interpretation errors. Lights indicate the direction of the signal; simply rotate like a compass and proceed as arrow lights indicate. Numeric distance display shows approximate distance to buried transmitter; pinpoint search loudspeaker provides reinforcement to visual clues. Holster harness system allows the unit to be easily removed; lanyard ensures unit won't be lost. Operates on 457 kHz frequency and is fully compatible with other 457 kHz units; functions as a transmitter and receiver. Unit performs automatic performance diagnostic-testing lights, transmit and receive functions and battery level-each time it's turned on. Oversized buttons are easy to operate with gloves on; buttons, full gasket around battery box and unit protect against wet-weather conditions. Uses three AAA-size alkaline batteries (included) which provide a minimum life of 250 hours in transmit mode; 50 hours in receive mode.
Through years of development and field testing, Backcountry Access has made the Tracker DTS Beacon incredibly intuitive so it's fast and easy to use when you're under the stress of a real search. It's no wonder that the Tracker DTS is one of the most popular beacons in the backcountry. The digital display shows you both the distance and direction to your buried buddy, and in addition to standard single-search mode, the Tracker DTS includes a special mode which will give you the distance and direction to all signals in a narrowed search range. This may be the difference between saving one of your friends or both of them, so practice, practice, practice.