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    Safer backcountry travel through real-time communication.

    As an experienced backcountry traveler, you know the importance of having a plan, being equipped with the proper gear, and staying in contact with your group at all times. Apart from changing conditions and gear malfunctions, one of biggest variables you'll encounter in the backcountry is group communication—help boost communication with the BCA BC Link Group Communication System. This lightweight microphone and radio/battery pack keeps the lines of communication open whether you're making an on-mountain change of course while backpacking, warning of an on-going slide when you're backcountry skiing, or coordinating search and rescue efforts in the event of an emergency.

    Designed to fit neatly with BCA's Stash series of packs, this 2-way radio will grab onto any ol' pack you have. Both units are designed to be water- and dust-resistant to deal with snow and storage. With 22 FRS and GMRS channels, and 121 sub-channels, you should have constant clarity when conveying critical information. Compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios, you'll be able to stay in touch with others not lucky enough to have this little number.

    The base unit can clip to your belt or pack, or you can stash it inside a pack pocket. The cord connecting the radio to the Smart Mic has an alligator clip to keep stray wires out of your way. Glove-friendly controls on the mic make it easy to share information without risking frostbitten fingertips. You get a 2.5-mile line-of-sight range and up to 140 hours of battery life. The 3.7-Volt lithium ion battery can be recharged, so you've no excuse for not being fully prepared for any excursion in the wilderness, be it snow-covered or summertime.

    • Group Communication System with Smart Mic and base unit
    • Water and dust resistance to IP56 standards
    • Compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios
    • 2.5-mile line-of-sight range
    • 140 hour maximum battery life
    • -20C/-4F to +70C/158F temperature operating range
    • Smart Mic is compatible with 3.5mm TS or TRS earphone plug
    • Battery charger included
    • Item #BCA000C

    Tech Specs

    [case] polycarbonate
    Power Output
    [GMRS] 1.0 watts, [FRS] 0.5 watts
    22 FRS/GMRS, 121 sub-channels
    Remote Mic
    rechargebale 3.7V lithium ion
    [Smart Mic] 3.3 x 1.0 x 1.8 in, [base unit] 2.5 x 2.0 x 6.0 in
    12 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring, hiking, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years limited

    Tech Specs

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    Great Communication = Better Safety

      Over the years I have used many radios for communication. The little handheld walkie talkies from Costco, Garmin and now the BackCountry Access BC Link. There are many reasons I prefer the Link over the previous radios I have used. First I really like the capability to tuck the radio unit into my pack and feed the cord to attach the mic to my backpack. This works really well enabling communication without taking your helmet off. You are also able to hear your buddies communicating with you while riding. I have also found the range to be much further than other radios I have used. It am durable radio as well. I highly recommend this radio to add to your essential items for the backcountry.

      Stay Connected

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Good communication is key to a successful day in the backcountry. BCA knows this and the proof is their excellent BC Link system. It is designed to be used in the snow and therefore is water resistant and is easy to use when wearing gloves. Store the radio in a pocket or your pack, then attach the mic to the shoulder strap of your pack. You have a huge selection of channels and you can store presets for your group on the mic so you can change channels with a gloved hand instantly. The range is impressive as well and I've picked up clear signals from ski patrol at a resort that was behind a ridge at least a mile away. The battery life is awesome, even in cold temps it will easily last a full day. If you've been considering a radio for touring, which you should be, definitely pick up the BC Link.

      Communication is key in the backcountry

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Using a radio to communicate in the backcountry has been such a positive experience for me. It's not only helpful for big terrain, but equally as helpful for when the weather turns sour or when that next pitch in the trees goes just out of sight. I don't go anywhere without bringing my radio. Now, I just need to get another to make sure that the one friend who never has one, has one! This product from BCA is definitely well designed and serves its purpose well. It is SO convenient to be able to clip it to a backpack strap or wherever and talk with mittens still on.

      Great product, incredible range

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I used this product often in bounds and in the backcountry. The clarity is incredible, and the range is surprising. I was able to communicate from a few miles outside of Whistler village to the backside of the mountain with perfect clarity.

      Communication is key

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The BCA link radio is a key component for me and my partners in the backcountry setting. The ease of use, backpack integration, battery life, etc makes it superior to any other line of sight radio I have used.
      For me, a good product means a reliable product. I have never had issues with these radios within a reasonable distance. A single charge will last several days in sub-zero temperatures. the mic is easy to use in gloves, and the conversation is always clear and concise. multiple channel settings on your mic keep you connected with not only your crew but other crews in the area with a simple turn of the dial. Quite the advantage if less than ideal circumstances arise.

      Coms mean safety

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This radio is so easy to use, it doesn't get cold, it's range is realistic, and it integrates into backpacks easy so the mic is always easy to get to.

      Honestly be able to share info in an instant about observations, locations, and logistics adds one of the biggest safety advantages I have ever noticed in the mtns. More and more people have been getting out there with these radios and being able to communicate with your crew and even knowing other crews channels has made me feel much better out there each year.

      Won't freeze

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I use my Link radio every time I go in the backcountry. The biggest issue with other radios is that they freeze if it is particularly cold outside. I have never had the BCA link stop working due to cold.

      Crucial Gear

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      As a filmmaker communication in the backcountry isn't only crucial to the success of our filming, but also to the safety of our crew. These radios allow us to have clear communication throughout all members of our group. Whether it's navigating avalanche terrain, talking someone into a technical line or finding a buddy at the bar, these radios are a piece of equipment I will never leave at the car.

      The best feature about these radio is the smart mic integration into the BCA Packs. No having the take off my gloves to radio to the bottom of a line is a major timesaver and ultimately much safer.

      They are so useful I purchased 4 more!!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This product makes moving around in the back country so much safer and easier in a group. I now have 5 of them for my friends to use. I can see so many other uses for these radios as well.

      Cheers to fun safe times during cool stuff.

      They are so useful I purchased 4 more!!

      Backcountry Access BC Link

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Bought two of these units to use snowmobiling. Great range clear reception. Top notch battery life. Used them on the RZR this weekend and I like them better than my Rhino 650T. Mackenzie got me hooked all hooked up. Recommend these radios to everyone.

      Awesome Radio

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Extremely crisp transmission at long range. The design is sleek and light, but the construction is durable and simple. I can't speak to battery longevity, but I rarely charge it. Overall, very satisfied.

      Poor build quality

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I agree with everyone on ease of use, etc. However, I had the connector break while it was in my pack on a recent back country ski trip. I don't even recall having fallen very hard (skiing soft powder). I have contacted BCA about the possibility of repairing the radio. However, looking at the connector, it seems to be a little fragile given the hardships of back country travel.

      I had the same thing happen to mine. But BCA exchanged it for a new one, no questions asked. Good to see they stand behind their products. Hopefully future versions will address this weakness.

      Stay Safe Out There

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This is a must have in the backcountry. Communication is key in the backcountry. This is perfect to let your partner know about where you are and what cautions they should take on the way down. BCA make quality products you can trust and this is definitely on par with their standard of quality.
      I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to travel in the backcountry. It is a small sacrifice in weight for safety that is totally worth it.

      Communication is key to safety

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The link radios come into the backcountry with my partners and me every time. Radios are a good way to keep communication clear and precise while traveling in avalanche terrain and skiing slopes 'one at a time'. If I have a radio in my pocket, I will likely not bother to stop and take it out in order to reach my partners. The Link's smart mic, which is hooked onto the strap of my pack, allows me to easily push a button and connect with my partners. Clear communication is definitely a piece of the backcountry safety puzzle.

      Simple & Bomb Proof

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These radios have everything you need and nothing you don't. No need for a computer science degree to use them. Set your channel, string the smart mic into your pack and it's ready to go. No fumbling around with pockets and zippers as your trying to drop in or get in touch with a slower part of your group. The ease of use and convenience of these radios is sure to make you and your group safer and more efficient in the backcountry.

      Clear sound and easy to use

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      After years of dealing with a talkabout in the jacket pocket I definitely appreciated the ease of use with the mic on this radio. Always helps out so much to have communication with your party in the backcountry and this product makes it that much easier.

      Safe Day in the BC thanks to Link Radios

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The BC Link radios are very reliable when going into the backcountry. Communication is very important when going into the backcountry and these radios do just that. Last year on Vail pass, mid January, my friend and I were snowmobiling/skiing and it was very cold. It was snowing and we had been getting snow for about two days now, so we knew we were in for some good snow. The outside temp was about 30 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill making it about 15 degrees. We had gone to a spot we both know and it requires about a 20-minute skin from the snowmobiles. From the top of the run you can only see the bottom and nothing in between. With the BC Link's we were able to communicate with one another from the top and the bottom easily in the middle of a cold and snowy winter. The smart mic made it even more accessible as we did not have to go through our bags looking for our radios. The batteries also lasted all day on both radios after a full nights charge. The BC Link radios are a necessity when going into the backcountry and BCA have made these radios super easy to use and very reliable.

      Unanswered Question

      I'm an avid deer hunter. My dad and I have bought SEVERAL walkie talkies and we were in a river bottom about 500-600yards away nothing but trees between us and not a single set we bought would be clear. We finally gave up and decided not to try another set. Any deer hunters out there bought these, and any other buyers have any input?

      Unanswered Question

      Dumb question, I am sure, but do you get one or two radios for $149.95?

      Unanswered Question

      When I turn on the radio the screen shows all the icons and I can't go to a channel for my radio to work

      Can these be used without wearing a backpack? I'm sure the answer is yes, but I'm curious how you would set it up, where to put the base unit and speaker?

      They can be used without the backpack. The nice part of the BCA backpack is that it holds the base unit away from your Beacon. If your not wearing a beacon you can put the base unit on your pants right above your butt then have the cord run up your back and clip the mouth piece onto your collar. If you are wearing the beacon you really need to keep the base unit away from that so it does not interfere with the frequency.

      Where might I get a new antennae for my BCA two way radio? Mine kept popping apart and I finally lost it.

      Do you mean the screw-in attachment where the Smart Mic is attached to the base unit? Never heard of an antenna "popping off." Either way, just call BCA customer service at (800)670-8735 or info@backcountryaccess.com.

      Has anybody noticed any issues with the lower temperature limit of -4f? That seems relatively high when built for use in low temperatures sports.

      Will this radio be able to communicate with standard ski patrolling radio set-ups incase you get in a bind touring side country?

      Yes. The user of the ski patroller (UHF/VHF) radio would need to know the frequency (channel) that the BC Link owner is using. The patroller could then program his or her UHF/VHF radio "down" to that frequency. However, BC Link and other "family band" FRS/GMRS radios are not allowed to use the high-power frequencies that patrols and other authorities use, so you can't program "up" to those frequencies from the BC Link. As long as you use the FRS/GMRS channels, it's all good!

      Is it possible for the radio frequency to...

      Is it possible for the radio frequency to interfere with beacon signals?

      Best Answer

      Hi Joey,

      The BC Links have been used all season with a variety of beacons, with no interference being reported. It's possible what you were hearing about is the magnets in the mics that patrollers use with their VHF radios. There was concern, quite a few years ago, with certain models of Pieps beacons and the radios used by patrollers. When those were put too close together it was possible for the Pieps beacon to turn itself off. However, that was due to that particular model of beacon using a magnetic on/off switch. Fortunately, the Tracker, as well as many other beacons, uses a mechanical switch which won't be affected at all.

      If you put the beacon extremely close to the BC link, it's possible that you would experience a very slight decrease in range, much the same way you can if you keep it very close to a cell phone. (also not really recommended)

      Anyway, hope this helps clear things up!