Price Paid: $279
This is one of the easiest transceivers I have ever used. With the directional lights, sound and number indicators, it makes searching simple and fast.
I like the holster because it fits snugly against your body and makes it quick and easy to remove when switching to search mode.
It is also easy to switch from transmit to search and has a much faster response time then some of the other brands I have tried. I highly recommend this product to all my backcountry friends.
Update: March 18, 2009
Easy to use and reliable. I've been using mine for two years now and find it much simpler to operate than my old BCA Tracker. I definitely recommend this to anyone traveling in the backcountry.
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The digital, triple antenna D3 Transceiver by Ortovox is especially easy for beginners to operate and has the tactical functions that professionals will appreciate. With a 40-meter search range, microprocessor control and clear signal reception for pinpointing, the D3 is very reliable and will also perform in multiple burial situations.
- Mountain Gear
Ortovox gave their D3 Avalanche Beacon a triple-antenna system to provide more accurate readings and faster search times. The D3 Avalanche Beacon's third antenna provides a full-strength signal no matter what orientation the victim's beacon is at, meaning no more giant blank spots in the signal when you're doing your grid. Plus, Ortovox gave this beacon a reasonable price, so you can embrace the latest technology without going broke in the process.
Description of Ortovox D3 Digital Avalance PackageOrtovox views itself as an innovative enterprise with high-quality, user-friendly and natural products for safe and pleasurable activities in nature. Ortovox stands for outstanding service, a confident and reliable partnership and the 1st choice of the prosWith the Ortovox Alaska D shovel, D3 Digital Avalance Transceiver, and Aluminum 240 Light PFA Probe, youll be set for your next winter mission.FeaturesD3 technical data Receiving digital, three antennae, Range 40 m, Search strip width 30m, Transmitting h 300 h, Weight 247 gShovel blade Aluminium 29 x 25 x 5 cmShovel handle Aluminium 70 cmWeight 860 gStretched length 240 cmClosed length 40 cmWeight 270 gDiameter 11 mm
- US Outdoor Store
The digital Ortovox D3 Avalanche Transceiver features intuitive operation and excellent performance to the highest level: quick and easy locating, even with multiple victims, is ensured by the digital distance display combined with an acoustic signal and the three brightly lit direction arrows. Its extensive range of approx. 40 meters saves valuable time during the refined search. The 3-antenna technology guarantees that avalanche victims are located quickly and precisely and eliminates misleading signals close by. The D3 comes in an innovative carrying system with protective case.