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Pieps Checker Avalanche Transceiver Review

Pieps DSP Sport
Pieps DSP Sport

Summary: Released during the 2009/2010 season, the Pieps Checker is a tiny device that you can use to test avalanche transceivers. It's primarily intended for backcountry guides so they can test their client's beacons before heading out in the morning (and maybe after lunch). It has a maximum range of 100 cm (1 meter).

The Pulse, 3+, and S1 have a test mode similar to the Checker. The DSP has a frequency tester that displays the accuracy of the transmitting beacon, but not its signal strength.

Model:  Checker
Manufacture:  Pieps
Retail Price:  $29.00
Score:  N/A
Type:  Digital
Antennas:  1 (receive only)
Marking:  N/A
Updateable:  No
Owner's Manual:  N/A

Pros: Novel. Inexpensive.
Cons: May be unnecessary.