Meet Backcountry Access's BCA Tracker S avalanche transceiver. The Tracker S has the performance, ease of use and instantaneous real-time display of the Tracker 3, but with some absent features. You'll find the price point much cheaper on the Tracker S, but note that it lacks motion-sensing or upgradeable software, which Backcountry Access denotes as "advanced features needed by snow professionals."
All your numbers:
- Frequency: 457 kHz
- Max Range: 55 meters
- Search Strip Width: 50 meters
- 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)
- Unit Weight With Batteries: 5.8 oz / 165 g including batteries (not harness.
- Harness Weight: 4.2 oz / 120 grams
- Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.8 x 1.0 inches / 11
What's Motion Sensing Auto Revert?
According to BCA: "Auto-revert is beneficial when having to perform a search in a dangerous area where a second avalanche is still possible. If your T3 is in auto-revert and you are in search mode, it will revert back to transmit if it hasn't moved for more than one minute. Even if you are moving, it will still revert back to transmit after five minutes. This means that if you get buried while searching, but you're struggling to get an air pocket, the T3's motion sensor won't prevent it from eventually going back to transmit (T3 is the only transceiver on the market that offers this redundancy). "
Do I need Upgradeable Software or Electronics Testing?
Have you ever upgraded your software before? Have you ever had your transceiver tested to ensure it's working properly? Have you ever noted that your transceiver had a recall on it and had to have the firmware updated? Here at Avalanche Safety Solutions, we provide these services on hundreds of transceivers every year. It is common to do these things. However, if you're not in the habit of this, eliminating the feature will allow you to access a lower pricepoint.
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