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Updating BCA Tracker3 Avalanche Transceivers

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Two years after announcing that the Tracker3 would permit customers to update the T3's firmware, BCA released the T3 Utility software. This makes the Tracker3 the first user-updatable avalanche transceiver.

After downloading the software and connecting your Tracker3 to your PC (not Mac) using a Mini-B USB cable, you'll be able to upgrade your Tracker3's firmware and perform a transceiver self-test.

The Pieps Sport and Pieps Pro also initially claimed to be user-updatable, but the software was never released to the public. (Learn how to update other transceivers.)

To determine which version of software is in your Tracker3:

  1. Turn your Tracker3 off.
  2. Hold the Options button pressed.
  3. Turn on the unit.
  4. Release the button when "T3" is displayed.
  5. An awkward looking "r" will be displayed followed by the version number (without a decimal point).
Version Enhancements

3.3
~January 2016

Version 3.3 of the Tracker3 software:

  • Improved signal suppression for better performance at greater range.
  • Buffered the "big picture" mode to make it easier to see and interpret the distance and direction indicators.
  • Changed the sounds from the current "Super Mario" tones so they are more like the Tracker2.
  • Added the ability to run diagnostic tests and generate a report based on the tests.

2.3
Fall 2014

(Still the current update as of Fall 2015.)

In version 2.3, you can press the Option button to display the remaining battery percentage while in transmit mode.

1.1
January 2014

Initial release of the Tracker3.