BCA DTS Tracker
The durable and reliable BCA DTS Tracker is the most user-friendly beacon on the market. In 1997, the Tracker DTS revolutionised the transceiver market by introducing a Digital, Dual Antennae Technology. Since then, it has become the world's best-selling transceiver as well as the world’s most widely used transceiver.
Display (Interface) :
The BCA Tracker has a very simple search interface with LED distance readout and five LED direction indicators, along with a button for special mode which narrows the search angle.
Intuitive blinking lights indicate the direction and the DTS senses changes in direction quickly. If you go off-course by a few degrees, the lights promptly indicate the new direction.
Multiple Burial :
The tracker DTS has a special mode button that narrows the reception “arc” to 70° in front and behind you. The concept is that after locating the first transceiver you can press the “special mode” button to narrow the arc and only search for signals in front and behind the transceiver.
Although the BCA DTS Tracker is very simple the special mode definitely requires practice. Your time will be better spent mastering the generic multiple burial search techniques rather than learning how to use the conceptually special mode.
Audio Visual :
Once a signal is detected, five bright LEDs indicate in what direction to move, and how far away, in meters, along a curved flux line you are.
The Tracker will beep in time with the signal it is receiving (although not in real time due to digital processing delays) when you are more than 15m away. As you get closer the number of deeps per cycle will increase, until, when you are less than two meters away the train of beeps will begin to run together and rise in a pitched sound.
Three AAA/LR03 Alkaline batteries (Do not use rechargeable)
Batter 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)
Carry Case / Harness :
The BCA Tracker should be carried in the harness provided, 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.
Warranty / Guarantee :
Limited 5-year Warranty - All parts will be either repaired or replaced free of charge, including labor, by the manufacturer. This warranty does not cover damage to the product caused by improper use or excessive wear or tear.
Transceiver controls :
Ideal for :
This 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.
The BCA DTS Tracker can be bought in an Avalanche Safety Package which includes a Ortovox Beast Shovel & Ortovox Light 240 PFA Probe. This can be purchased HERE. This saves money when buying as a Package rather than purchasing each item separately .
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.
BCA DTS Tracker Features :
Unit weight with batteries:
9.2 ounces / 260 grams
3.5 oz / 100 grams
5.5 x 3.2 x 1.1 inches / 14.0 x 8.1 x 2.8 cm
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)
Max Range :
Limited 5-year warranty
Temperature Range :
Search Strip Width :
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., Finding your serial number on the BCA DTS Tracker
Spikes and Burials
Simple Spike Testing
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