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Updating ARVA Avalanche Transceivers

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ARVA Axio Beacon
ARVA Axio

Many of the ARVA transceivers can be updated, although the equipment to update them isn't expected to be in the USA until the Spring of 2017. The ability to update your beacon is important, because it allows you to get enhancements and new features without purchasing a new avalanche transceiver. (Learn how to update other transceivers.)

To update your ARVA transceiver, send an email to ARVAequipment@gmail.com and ask for the address of an ARVA service center where you can ship your transceiver. The upgrade is free of charge and ARVA will pay the return shipping fee.

Updating the ARVA Axio

The Axio's version number is displayed when you first turn the device on.

Version Enhancements

1.5
Fall 2016

The first Axio transceivers were shipped with version 1.5.

Updating the ARVA Neo+

The Neo+'s version number is displayed when you first turn the device on.

Version Enhancements

3.2
Fall 2018

This is the first software version for the Neo+'s avalanche transceiver. It supports these new features in the Neo+:
  • The decision to revert from search to transmit is now based on whether there is any motion. This prevents the Neo+ from accidentally reverting to transmit while searching.
  • The software supports the Neo+'s new hardware which increases the recommended search strip width from 60 meters to 70 meters.

Although the Neo+'s version number picks up at 3.2 (following the classic-Neo's 3.0), the version 3.2 software cannot be used on the classic Neo.

Updating the ARVA Neo

The Neo's version number is displayed when you first turn the device on.

Version Enhancements

3.0
Fall 2014

(Still the current update as of Fall 2018.)

The software was updated to better deal with interference, essentially reducing the search bandwidth if there is too much interference.

2.0
Fall 2013

The first release of the Neo software was version 2.0.

Although the Neo is updatable, ARVA doesn't expect to make significant changes to the software.

Updating the ARVA Pro W (aka Link)

To display the ARVA Pro W or Link version number:

  1. Turn the device off
  2. Press and hold the two side buttons
  3. Press and hold the power button until the menu appears (about five seconds)
  4. Press the left-side button several times to scroll down to "Info"
  5. Press the red center button
Version Enhancements

5.0
Fall 2014

(Still the current update as of Fall 2016.)

The software was updated to better deal with interference, essentially reducing the search bandwidth if there is too much interference.

4.0
Fall 2013

This is the first version number for the ARVA Pro W. Changes include:

  • Easier access to the main menu (two button presses rather than three).
  • "Faster more efficient" software.
  • Changes to group check: "In Novice mode, there is an indication if the frequency is ±100 Hz. In Expert mode, there is an indication if the frequency is ±15 Hz."

3.6
Fall 2013

The current version for the Link is 3.6 (although the Link and Axis may support version 4.0 as of early 2014).
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