Want to learn more? This is a great book.

Update Your Avalanche Transceiver

The internal software in most digital avalanche transceivers can be updated. This feature (pioneered by Pieps) allows you to update your beacon with new features without purchasing a new avalanche transceiver.

The Pieps DSP Sport and Pieps DSP Pro were designed to be user-updatable, but this feature (specifically, the cable that is used to update these devices via the headphone jack) was never released to the public. The Pieps Micro can be updating using a Bluetooth enabled Android or iOS device. The BCA Tracker3 is user-updatable using a USB cable.

Other transceivers (e.g., those manufactured by Mammut and Ortovox) can be updated at selected retails stores whereas other manufactures require that you send your transceiver to a service center.

Updates to ARVA transceivers are free. Other manufactures charge an upgrade fee of $20us to $30us.

Learn about software updates to these transceivers:

Backcountry.com Big Brands Sale Shop Columbia.com