A Recco reflector is a small, band-aid sized, electronic transponder that weighs less than four grams. It is mounted to your ski helmet or to gear that is unlikely to be torn off in the event of an avalanche or outdoor summer accident
RECCO Reflector technology makes you searchable to professional rescuers in the event of an avalanche accident. This RECCO reflector is a small, battery-free transponder that responds to signals from a RECCO detector to assist detection of the wearer in the case of an avalanche.
Professional rescuers can quickly pinpoint a buried reflector-equipped person’s precise location using harmonic radar.
This two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by professional rescue groups, which have a range of over 200 metres, and RECCO reflectors that are attached to clothing, helmets, protection gear, and boots worn by skiers and riders and other outdoor enthusiasts.
When used in conjunction with a RECCO Detector, the reflector's diode mixer acts as a harmonic generator to produce multiples of the frequencies received from the detectors.
The returned signal is translated into an audio tone whose volume is proportional to the returned signal, and by means of volume control, a trained rescue operator can literally go straight to the buried reflector once a signal is detected.
It is a non-powered device meaning that it never needs to be switched on, will never lose signal strength and needs no batteries to function. It is maintenance free and has a virtually unlimited life.
Why is a RECCO reflector a complement to a Transceiver?
The Recco Rescue System is different from Avalanche Transceivers because its a small band-aid size sticky transponder which is not powered, the reflector can be applied to your boots or helmet, the Recco detector does not contain any antennas and cannot be picked up by an avalanche beacon, the Recco detector has a range of over 200 metres which professional mountain rescue teams can pick up in the case of an avalanche.
Due to it not being a transceiver device the reflector will not lose signal strength and battery to function.
The Recco Reflector has been designed to be attached to your Ski Helmet.
Apply the reflector to a smooth and fully cleaned surface high up on the helmet at room temperature.
Firmly press the reflector into place ensuring full contact over the entire surface area.
Be sure to allow at least 24 hours for the reflector to properly adhere to the surface.
This position also gives the RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector the best opportunity of locating you.
RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector
The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector service was first introduced in 2015 and is now found in several countries, and offers year-round missing persons services.
The RECCO SAR Helicopter Detector is used by attaching the detector to a rope that is then dangled below the Recco rescue helicopter.
When the helicopter flies at a height of 100m, it is able to scan an area that is 100m wide.
When the speed of the helicopter is 100 km/h this translates to 1 km2 coverage within six minutes. This equals to 30 football fields per minute.
Recco SAR Helicopter Detector services are used in the following countries :
Switzerland – Zermatt, Sion
Italy – Aosta, Bozen, Trento
Austria – Hohenems, Innsbruck, Linz, Graz
Norway – Alesund, Hastad,
Sweden – Ostersund
Canada – Snohomish Helicopter Rescue Team, Snohomish, WA
RECCO performs the same worldwide, you can wear RECCO in Italy, Germanyand many other European countries aswell as Canada and USA. Where there’s a Recco Base, there should be a RECCO wearer, be that on your helmet, backpack or as a belt.