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As a rescuer, I've responded to avalanches that involved almost a dozen fatalities. BeaconReviews.com (now in its 19th 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. And consider watching my avalanche rescue training videos.

Stay Safe,

Steve Achelis
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Updates, News and Rumors ( more)

  • January 31, 2021—Ortovox preannounced the Diract and Diract Voice avalanche transceivers. They both feature raster-based screens and rechargable batteries. The Diract Voice gives verbal instructions during the search.
  • January 9, 2021—I recently created two videos about avalanche rescue. The first video explains the things you should know about avalanche rescue before you enter avalanche terrain. The second video explains the actual avalanche rescue process.
  • December 9, 2020—Read about updates to the Barryvox, Pieps Micro, and Pieps Recon/Powder/Guide/Pro transceivers.
  • December 9, 2020—BCA released the Tracker4. It is a Tracker3 with glove-friendly Off/Send/Search controls.
  • December 6, 2020—BCA began selling a version of the Tracker3 in the Fall of 2020 that they call the Tracker3+. It has electronics from different suppliers, but it is otherwise identical to the Tracker3.
  • December 5, 2020—The "transceiver comparison" page has been updated and reorganized. It has new columns for the Neo Pro and Tracker4 and a half-dozen new rows of information.
  • December 3, 2020—Read about the ARVA Neo Pro.
  • 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+.