BCA DTS Tracker
In 1997, the Tracker DTS revolutionized the transceiver market by introducing Digital, Dual Antennae Technology. Since then, it has become the world's best-selling transceiver.
Tracker DTS is the most user-friendly beacon on the market because of its rapid processor and simple user interface.
As the world’s most widely used transceiver, the Tracker has established a strong reputation for durability and reliability.
The digital transceiver is ideal for any beginners or those who are inexperienced with avalanche rescue as it is so simple to use and easy to get to grips with.
If skiers are caught out by an avalanche, their companions in the vicinity have their work cut out. They have to locate the victims and dig them out as quickly as possible. The chances of survival diminish rapidly after 18 minutes of burial in the snow. Using a transceiver can radically reduce search times, thus increasing the chances of a successful rescue.
Avalanche transceivers are essential items of equipment for anyone going off-piste but useless unless the carrier also has a probe and shovel to dig the victim out.
The Avalanche transceiver can make the difference between life and death. When the tracker shows you’re within 3 metres of the victim, put the beacon to the ground and prepare to use the probe and shovel.
The transceiver should be carried on you, worn directly under your outermost layer and switched on to transmission mode every time you go off piste. Keep it turned on until back on piste.
The BCA DTS Tracker can be bought in a package which includes a Terrawest Core Shovel & Terrawest 240 Aluminium probe. This can be purchased HERE.
"What are the differences between the BCA Tracker 1, Tracker 2 and Tracker 3”
Tracker 1 uses 2 antenna. The Tracker 2 and Tracker 3 use 3 antenna. The 3rd antenna is used during the last stage of the search to pin point the accuracy by the distance indication, which eliminates the "null spot/spike" that occurs when the receiving antenna is perpendicular to the flux field direction. This will make the Tracker 2 appear much smoother in the final search stage. The Tracker 3 operates the same 3 antenna system as the Tracker 2 but is almost 30% faster.
The antenna in the Trackers 2 + 3, immediately on start up and then periodically once switched on, balance themselves against each other whilst taking into account temperature to make the directional information more accurate.
The Real Time Display on the Trackers 2 + 3 processes the input signal instantly and updates the display at the same time. This is to prevent users overshooting the target transceiver as they tend to move faster when they get near the target.
During Signal Lock-On, the Tracker 1 displays all signals received within 10 metres and then locks onto the strongest signal and hides the others. The Trackers 2 does this from any distance and will only ever guide you to the strongest signal (i.e. the closest). You can override this by going into special mode however, and the Tracker 3 has extra options of suppressing any of your multiple burial signals in any direction or distance.
The Trackers 2 + 3 have a multiple burial light that comes on to alert you that although you are only seeing one transceiver, there are multiple signals present. If the light is flashing (in time with the beeps) it means the Tracker believes these signals are very close together.
The reception range of the Tracker 2 is greater by 10m that that of the Tracker.
The Tracker 2 + 3 are also quicker to put back into transmit mode in the case of a secondary avalanche.
The Tracker 3 is 30% lighter, smaller and faster than the Tracker 2.