BCA Tracker3
BCA Tracker3
  • Antennas3
  • Multi burialsyes
  • Range50
  • Released year2014
  • Availabilityavailable
  • Average price290$

Tracker3 official promo

Andy, a BCA company representative, is telling us about BCA Tracker3, a brand-new avalanche beacon. Apart from the description of the new beacon, Andy and his assistant are demonstrating the work of the beacon in the field environment. You’ll learn from this video how the signal transmit mode is featured, how to switch the beacon over to the search mode and vice versa. The video also shows all the stages of a search operation including sensing with an avalanche probe. And what is more, you’ll learn from this video how the Tracker3 works in a multiple search (when several victims have been covered with snow), and what a BIG PICTURE MODE is and how it can be useful in case of a multiple search.

Tracker3 official description

The Tracker3 has Tracker2’s renowned ease of use and instantaneous real-time display-and it’s 20 percent smaller and lighter. Designed to be “pocket friendly,” T3 is the thinnest multiple-antenna avalanche transceiver available. Signal suppression and Big Picture modes for no-nonsense multiple-victim searching.

Specifications

  • 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: 7.6 oz. / 215 grams
  • Harness weight: 4.2 oz / 120 grams
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.8 x 0.9 inches / 11.5 x 7.1 x 2.4 cm

Tracker3 community reviews

This is a short video that shows the mode of the transceiver work while sensing a signal from two beacons. This video has been shot from the first person; consequently, you’ll see how the transceiver readings are changing in the course of the search. We also draw your attention to the distance at which the Tracker 3 starts sensing a signal. The author of the video also draws our attention to the changes of signal tonality while approaching the search beacon.

The Tracker3, a three-antenna avalanche beacon, is the successor of the Tracker2. What are its differences from the predecessor like:

  • the T3 is approximately one third less and lighter
  • the T3 supports (temporarily) the signal suppression while searching several victims
  • the T3 senses motion to automatically revert the signal from the reception mode into transmit mode
  • the T3 supports firmware update (only for PC) and has a mini USB port.

It’s necessary to emphasize some particularities of the Tracker3. The function of automatic switching into a signal transmit mode isn’t on by default, you need to activate it every time when you switch on the transceiver if necessary. The signal suppression in the T3 is implemented in a slightly unconventional way. After sensing the first victim and pressing the button of the strongest signal suppression (this options button is on the frontal part of the device), within one minute the transceiver displays the distance and the direction of the second strongest signal. In case the T3 senses more than two signals, there is “+” featured on the display close to the two silhouettes; if there are at least two transceivers within a radius of 6 meters, the T3 features the silhouettes in square brackets what means that the victims are close to each other. When it comes to the “Big Picture” mode. There are similar modes in other contemporary transceivers often without featuring the direction, however, the implementation in the T3 is the simplest one, and perhaps, scanning speed is the best one, from the perspective of the website beaconreviews.com.

The interface is intuitive and simple, control buttons are logical, yet they may be not quite convenient to use with mittens or bulky gloves on. In beaconreviews specialists’ opinion, the two-digit display is a shame of Tracker3 as it’s necessary to keep in mind all modes, messages and errors notions. Competitors can show zigzagging arrows, four-headed arrows during a fine search, battery indication and so on. The Tracker3 has definitely surpassed its predecessor in many parameters; however, for today it has very strong competitors.

Brief look at the Tracker3' controls and modes. Some useful info about multiple-burials situation.