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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 two-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. Equipped with 22 FRS and GMRS channels and 121 sub-channels, the BC Link delivers near-constant clarity when conveying critical information. You'll be able to stay in touch with others not lucky enough to have this little number since it is compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios. The base unit can clip to your belt or pack, or you can stash it inside a pack pocket. You also 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-resistant to IP56 standards
    • Compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios
    • 2.5-mile line-of-sight range ensures adequate coverage
    • 140 hour maximum battery life keeps unit running all day
    • Temperature operating range between -4F to 158F
    • Smart Mic is compatible with 3.5mm TS or TRS earphone plug
    • Battery charger included
    • Item #BCA000C

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [case] polycarbonate
    Dimensions
    [Smart Mic] 3.3 x 1.0 x 1.8 in, [base unit] 2.5 x 2.0 x 6.0 in
    Channels
    22 FRS/GMRS, 121 sub-channels
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring, hiking, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years limited

    Tech Specs

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    This is a great tool

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great tool. The radio is easy to use, and I appreciate the battery life which can be up to 2 all day outings in cold weather.
    The range is great, 2+ miles through non-libe of sight backcountry (what?!?) And the shoulder clip is genius.

    It's a 5 star tool when it's fuctiona, however I have ran into some reliability issues.
    1- connector will sometimes unlock itself die to rough radio management of the base unit.
    2 - at lower battery levels, often the unit won't transmit.

    Safety is ALWAYS worth it.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    New purchase. I recently picked a set up as a Christmas present for a friend and myself. We have already been able to get tons of use out of the new purchase. Easy to use, great battery life, and great range.

    Great for skiing but also hunting!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These radios are awesome! Very user friendly. They stand the test of cold like non other and they have a strong single. The battery life is also really solid. If you are in the market for radios then look no further.

    Best backcountry radios out there

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    When I was shopping around for radios I was initially going to go with a much cheaper option from Amazon, but I'm so glad I didn't. These are worth every penny, and I can't believe I ever skied without them!

    We all know that electronics become less reliable in cold temperatures, but BCA has done a really good job of anticipating that issue and making these puppies super functional, even in very cold weather (I've used these in the low teens so far with no issues). The range is really impressive so far. I recently used them on a backcountry hut trip in a heavily treed area, and was able to communicate with members of my group that were at least two miles away with no issues. I've also been really pleased with how well they hold a charge. I used mine for three full days before having to throw it in the charger, and it still had about 1/3 battery.

    If you have any further questions about this product I am happy to help! You can call me directly at 801-619-7488, or email me at kansari@backcountry.com.

    The Gold Standard

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After way too many incidents with inferior walkie talkies in the backcountry such as poor range, freezing up and lack of convenience, I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of BC Link radios and will never look back. Everyone in my group uses these religiously when we are skinning in the backcountry and have found that we communicate more frequently and effectively when we have radios that are as easy and convenient to use as these. Beacon, probe, shovel and BC Link radio. Every. Single. Trip.

    The Gold Standard

    Connector broken again

      We use these radios when skinning and back country skiing. The connector between the base radio and the mic has now broken on two of our radios. The plastic connection between the two components of this radio is the week link and needs a new design with a non plastic socket.

      Safety First

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

      New purchase with only a couple uses so far. It seems to work really well. Easy to use, battery life seems to work well in the cold, and the range seems good!

      communication is key

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

      I have used these only a few times but when you're in the backcountry being able to effectively communicate with your group is so important and these babies make it easy!

      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.

        Unanswered Question

        How are these better than a good family radio ? I have family radios with a 35 miles range that suck. In the mountains your lucky if they reach a mile. They also cost half the price of this and got two radios. This having a 2.5 mile range I see as being useless.

        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!