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Simple Entry Level Beacon

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the BCA Tracker years ago when I started travelling in avalanche terrain. The interface is simple and the beacon has been reliable over the years. The harness system is good and I personally like the switch on the back because it is nearly impossible to inadvertently turn off.

The beacon works fine for someone who is looking for an entry level beacon. Two antennas rather than three means a more pronounced flux line curve into the buried victim. Very simple to use on single burial scenarios and with the right training and practice, multiple burial scenarios are not very difficult.

The beacon really does not shine on 3+ person burial scenarios, stacked victims or vertical burials partly due to the lack of a third antenna.

This is a great affordable option for an entry level user.