If it ain't broke, it gets improved upon anyway—the Pieps philosophy.
The Pieps DSP Smart Transmitter updates the groundbreaking triple-antenna digital DSP avalanche beacon for 07 / 08 with a new, more intuitive button configuration, plus the addition of a built in thermometer, compass, and altimeter. Digital technology in the DSP allows for quick, precise pinpointing of the strongest signal among multiple burials, and the triple antenna increases reliable detection range out to 60 meters, with direction indication starting at 50 meters. Once the first buried beacon is found and marked, a simple button press blocks the signal and moves to the next one, reducing the chances of interference and saving valuable minutes. SCAN mode indicates distance to multiple signals from a single location. The DSP for 07 / 08 is also compatible with Pieps' new Smart Probe technology, and can receive software updates for free at your local dealer every year.
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Hands down the longest range of any beacon Ive tried, my second choice and a great beacon
This is an awesome beacon. It is fast, little to no spiking. It can locate multiple victims as well. I have also used all the other digital triple antennas on the market, and the DSP is one of the best. Also the Ortovox S1 or the D3 are great products as well.
It is super easy to use. very fast at doing it's job. when I was doing my avy 1 course the pieps could get a signal before every one else, the majority used the Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Beacon, which only has two antennas. If you want to get a three antenna digital beacon that is super light and easy to use this is it. Any beacon is worth the money. It's not for your life it's for your buddy's life.
Just starting to use this but am pretty impressed overall. My soon to be wife picked up on its functions quickly and has never used a beacon before. I agree with Johnathon that it has some features that aren't necessary. Got this at a great year end price so didn't have to pay that much extra for those features. Everyone I've talked to about this has had nothing but good things to say and encouraged me to purchase this one.
Way too complecated to use
Great beacon on paper however as with all the toys our lives depend on practice and familiarity with equipment is more important than manufacturer specs. The extra functions like the altimeter and the compass will keep most entertained for hours but not too practical in the fiend. This is the best beacon for multiple burials. The DSP isolates known victims better than any other beacon. Once you are within 2 meters of the victim the beacon goes in to a purely distance search mode without directional arrows, very accurate however time consuming almost always requiring the use of a probe(even more time consuming). I use this beacon at work but would would NEVER EVER use it or let my friends use it when I am not working. My Tracker is far superior in user friendliness and speed compared to the DSP when I am playing out of uniform.
Pieps DSP - Damn Sweet Product
Perfect for the pro yet simplistic enough for the 1st time user. Stop debating a double vs. triple antenna beacon and buy the triple. It is an investment for you and your partners!
Save your $$ for the Regular Version
Spending the extra $100 on this version doesn't seem to make any sense. I like to keep my barometric altimeter on my wristwatch, my compass on my sighting-mirror magnetic unit, and my thermometer in my snowpit kit. Constantly taking out my avalanche beacon to reference navigational functions has no appeal to me, and even strikes me as potentially dangerous (e.g., if a slide were to hit as the beacon were dangling about outside its harness).
See my full review of the regular version here:
is this one just a search tool or can i...
is this one just a search tool or can i use it to send a signal to be found?
It sends a signal constantly, then when you get buried your friends switch over to "find" mode to dig you out.
Adam, I don't want to sound like a smartass jerk, but please, since you had to ask that question, go take a basic Avalanche class ASAP (that means "As Soon As Possible"), and certainly before you take the lives of your friends in your hands by venturing into the backcountry with a device you are unfamiliar with.
can your friends just find you and then not dig you out?
What beacons have three antennas?
What beacons have three antennas?
This one, the Ortovox S1, and the Mammut Pulse Barryvox
Several other beacons now have 3 antennas, including the Tracker 2 and the Ortovox 3+. Check out www.beaconreviews.com (not my site) for more info.
Are there any beacons that work at long...
Are there any beacons that work at long distances, say 1-2 miles?
Not much point in that. If you're 2 miles away and pick up a signal, it's gonna take you an hour to get there. Beacons are designed for when you see the guy go down in the slide and can walk the avalanche path looking.The greatest range any beacon gets is about 70 meters (230 feet or 64 yards). This comes from an analog single antenna beacon. At 40 meters a second antenna vectoring can produce accurate distance numbers and at the last 3 meters the third antenna works to pinpoint the source of the signal. Lines of induction are followed into the transmitting signal often arching from the first point of contact in. With several signals in the same area of search the more sophisticated beacons narrow their search width to eliminate overlapping of signals. The only tools that can send a distress signal a greater distance then approx. 70 meters are The SPOT and acl or epirb devices that require user activation to send the distress signal.
Excellent beacon but why the altimeter?
I have used most other beacons except the new Ortovox and have been delighted at the Pieps ease of use and their reliability. Best range of all currently available, especially when tested with other popular brands BUT who in their right minds would be getting out their beacon from its secure location every 500m to check altitude and compass heading? This is surely a big time marketing gimmick. A better add on would be a 457mHz PLB or GPS.
It's like cheating
If you really want to find someone fast with no confusion, this is the beacon. Skip the compass,temp and alt, if you want to save money but don't buy a beacon without three antenna's. The Orto S1 might have a chance at topping this if they had only put in three antenna. (I think they did not have space and by the time they figured out the real advantages of three antenna in completely eliminating false maximas they did not have room so they came out with the d3 and the patroller which are limited in multiple burials and range) The next closest competitor is the Mammut if it only had better range. It says 60 meters but I often get morning range checks into the 80's.
This is a great beacon. I was able to try it next to some other brands and personally found the Pieps easier to use, more intuitive, and great for multiple burials. I personally recommend the base model, since I don't have a lot of interest in pulling out my beacon to check the compass, temperature, or altitude when I can use a watch for that. With or without the upgrade, the Pieps is a solid beacon.