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BCA DTS Tracker

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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.


BCA DTS Tracker Features

  • Unit weight with batteries: 9.2 ounces / 260 grams
  • Harness weight: 3.5 oz / 100 grams
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.2 x 1.1 inches / 14.0 x 8.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Rapid processor and simple user interface
  • Real-time, digital display shows direction and distance
  • Bright red LEDs (light emitting diodes)
  • Proven durability
  • Uses three AAA alkaline batteries
  • Includes a protective carrying case
  • 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)
  • Range: 40 meters
  • Limited 5-year warranty
  • Assembled and tested in the USA
  • Certified to be in compliance with all applicable North American and European norms.
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BCA DTS Tracker
BCA DTS Tracker
BCA DTS Tracker
BCA DTS Tracker
BCA DTS Tracker
BCA DTS Tracker

BCA DTS Tracker

Technical Specifications

Function Digital
Frequency 457 kHz
Receive Function Yes
Microprocessor Control -
Search Strip Width -
Self Test No
Permanent monitoring of transmitter Yes
Partnered/Group Testing No
Signal Strength Analysis 457 kHz
Intuitive acoustic search No
Visual direction in Fine search mode Yes
Display Backlight LEDs
Flagging function No
Auto switchover in case of second avalance (sec) Yes
Expert mode for 4+ victim search No
Parallel search for multiple victim search -
Inclinometer -
Display Contrast settings -
Speaker configuration No
Personalise Device No
Warranty (years) Limited 5-year warranty
Upgradeable No
Power Supply Uses three AAA alkaline batteries
Range 40m
Maximum Range 50 meters
Battery Life 1 hour in search mode after 200 hours in trasmit mode
Search Strip Width -
Battery Life (Receiving) 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)
Temperature Range -20c-+45c
Weight Unit weight with batteries: 9.2 ounces / 260 grams
Dimensions Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.2 x 1.1 inches / 14.0 x 8.1 x 2.8 cm
Protective Case Yes
Antenna 1 Antenna


Finding your serial number on the BCA DTS Tracker

  1. Unscrew the screw on the battery compartment
  2. Flip the lid and take out batteries if needs be
  3. Your serial number will consist of numbers and letters for example "C" "8" "1" "4" "7" "5" "J" "6"
  4. Spikes and Burials

    • The distance between the strongest signal and the transmitter is based on the way the two transceivers are positioned and the depth of the burial. This can possibly confuse signals if there in awkward positions and are known as spikes.
    • During deeper avalanche burials, the strongest signal is rarely directly above the victim. Transceivers with fewer than three antennas and some with three antennas will lead you to the strongest signal, which will be a point that is near but not directly above the victim.
    • When the transmitting and receiving beacons are on the surface of the snow, the receiving beacon will receive the strongest signal when it is directly above the transmitter. This is right regardless of the positioning of the two beacons and the number of antennas in the receiving transceiver because the transceivers are only a few inches from each other.

    Simple Spike Testing

    1. Put a transmitting beacon between your feet, pointing vertically. Note that this should not be an Ortovox 3+,S1+ or Zoom+ due to there orientation-based transmitting.
    2. Set the transceiver you want to test on Search.
    3. Hold the transceiver horizontally at the height of your chest but so you can still read the screen.
    4. Slowly move the transceiver from about two feet from your body toward the centre of your body. Move it about two inches per beep. Keep the transceiver a consistent distance from the ground and avoid twisting it.
    5. The distance on the transceiver that’s searching should decrease as it moves towards the centre of your body. Transceivers with less then three antennas will display the shortest distance when it is a foot or two away from the centre of your body and again when it is directly over the transmitting transceiver.
    6. This test shows if your transceiver handles spikes at one meter.Spike handling is much more significant with deeper burials.
    7. Before using your transceiver you should always register it online so you can get full warranty on your product aswell as checking for brand new updates which are available.

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