What are the differences between the BCA Tracker 1 and Tracker 2
- 3 Antenna.
Tracker 1 or Tracker DTS (as it was known) uses 2 antenna. Tracker 2 uses 3 antanna. The 3rd antenna is only used during the last stage of the search to help increase the accuracy of the distance indication and to eliminate the "null spot" or "spike" that occours when the receicing antenna is perpendicular to the flux field direction. To the user it appears that the Tracker 2 is much smoother in the final search.
- Antenna Tune Up
On start up and periodocally the Tracker 2 balances it's antenna against each other, taking into account temperature to make the directional information as accurate as possible.
Real Time Display
The Tracker 2 processes the input signal instantly and updates the display so that the distance read out in the final search phase chnages as soon as new information is received. Most users move too quickly in this final search phase and overshoot the target transceiver. The faster your display updates the less overshoot you will have. Less overshoot means less digging.
- Signal Lock On.
The Tracker 1 displays all signals received until 10 metres and then locks onto the strongest signal and hides the other one to make the search simple. The Tracker 2 does this from any distance. The Tracker 2 will only ever display and guide you to the strongest signal it is receiving. In reality if the signals are fairly equal it will display both but as soon as one signal becomes stronger,the other disappears. You can overide this by going into special mode.
- Multiple Burial Light.
The Tracker 2 has a multiple burial light which comes on constantly to alert you that although you are only hearing one transceiver that other (not 2 or 3 but MORE THAN 1) signals are present. If the multiple burial light is flashing (it does this in time with the beeps) it means that the Tracker believes these signals are close together and may require special search techniques.
The Tracker 2 does have a reception range about 10m greater than the Tracker 1 but in the real world this makes very little difference.
- Search Button.
The Tracker 2 has a more definite action in and out of search mode than the Tracker 1 and is quicker to put back in transmit in the case of a secondary avalanche.
In our opinion a 3 antenna digital transceiver is now the benchmark for a 'standard transceiver' and the extra cost of the Tracker 2 over the Tracker 1 is well worth it for the time saved by having a less confusing search process.