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As a rescuer, I've responded to avalanches that involved almost a dozen fatalities. BeaconReviews.com (now in its 17th year) was created to share what I've learned about avalanche transceivers and avalanche rescue. My goal is to provide current, independent, and scientifically objective information.

You can jump to the transceiver summary if you're in a hurry, but don't forget to check out AvyRescue.com and to practice frequently.

Stay Safe,

Steve Achelis
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Updates, News and Rumors ( more)

  • November 9, 2020—Learn how to update your Pieps BT (Bluetooth) transceiver to the most recent version.
  • October 14, 2020—Learn about a potential problem with the On/Send/Search switch on the Pieps DSP Pro and DSP Sport. (You can also access that information page from PiepsSwitch.com.)
  • June 26, 2020—BCA announced a software update for the Tracker2. This fixes the " 12-hour quirk" where it might be difficult to locate a Tracker2 that has been transmitting for more than 12 hours.
  • June, 2020—Ortovox announced a software update for the Ortovox 3+. This fix has something to do with the self-test that occurs when you turn on the 3+.
  • December 29, 2019—I published a major update to this website (thanks for your help, Jonathan!). This update revises the scoring model to make it easier to see the subtle differences between the current models. It also includes reviews of the ARVA Evo5, BCA Tracker S, and Mammut Barryvox and Barryvox S (if you own a Barryvox S, be sure to read how to modify the custom settings and use the additional search modes).
  • November 17, 2019—I launched a new website named AvyRescue.com that focuses entirely on avalanche rescue and lets this site focus on avalanche transceivers.
  • November 13, 2019—The Ortovox S1+ has been discontinued, the prices of the Ortovox 3+ and Zoom+ were lowered by $30 (to $310 and $260).
  • November 1, 2019—The BCA Tracker S has been released. It is almost identical to the Tracker3, except it doesn't have a motion sensor or a micro USB port.
  • October 15, 2019—The ARVA Evo5 has been released. It is a tiny avalanche transceiver that is similar is size and weight to the Pieps Micro.