Backcountry Access, Inc. has announced a software update specifically and exclusively for its Tracker2 avalanche transceivers. The company recommends that all Tracker2 owners take advantage of this T2 software update.
The software update improves functionality during the power-saving mode, explained BCA. After 12 hours without user input, Tracker2 enters into power-saving mode and begins emitting an audible beep every two minutes to let you know you are in lower power mode. In power-saving mode, the Tracker2 transmit pulse can vary slightly from the international standard. All avalanche transceiver brands must operate on the same international standard to ensure interoperability.
To keep your transceiver out of power-saving mode, simply turn the transceiver off and on or check the battery power level at least once a day.
In addition, BCA strongly recommends that all users follow best practices as described in the Tracker2 manual to ensure all transceivers are functioning properly before venturing into the backcountry.
- Performing a transceiver trailhead test every time you use your Tracker2;
- Routinely checking that all transceivers in your party transmit and receive properly; and
- Checking that your Tracker2 has sufficient battery power (greater than 40 percent).