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  • Double U Distance Tracking Test: SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Alpha T5 & TT15

    Click here For our full TEK 2.0 Product Review

    Equipment:

     

    Frequencies:

    Alpha:

    MURS Frequency

    TEK 2.0:

    915.4 Mhz measured on Spec-Analyzer
    (Which suggests that it uses the ISM Band)

    All units were completely stock only, including manufactured items found in the retail boxes. We used no upgraded antennas or products for this test. The TT15 collar had the shorter 18.5 Antenna and the T5 was using the longer 22.5 Long Range antenna. Both antennas are included in the packaging. Antennas were collared on a rail of my dog box approximately 6 feet above the ground, this gives better than ideal conditions as a dog would be lower to the ground and we would expect degraded signals if worn on a dog for both systems due to height and obstructions/cover.

    Notes/Exceptions:

    Since the TEK was a new product we were not familiar with, we linked up Three TEK collars with 2 handhelds. This allows us to collect more data points and avoid any abnormalities or outliers in data points. It should also be noted we only used 2 collars with 1 Alpha handheld since we regularly use this course with Garmin products and have a good idea what is normal with Alpha collars. This was a gross test of distance to see if further testing would be needed.

    We should also note that in our experience, the Alpha system did perform better than average testing's of Alpha TT10 collars that we have done extensive testing with. Generally on this course we would expect to see 1.4 miles to 2.5 miles with a TT10 so The T5 and TT15 were on the upper end of our previous expected tests we do not know if this is due to changes in the T5/TT15 compared to the TT10 collars.

    Both the T5 and TT15 were very comparable and tracked consistently the same. The TEK collars though, with a wider data point spread, tracked consistently suggesting that the test results are valid points and not outliers.

    Course Description:Course_Map

    We connect the collars on the same truck and drive a loop, the road climbs and curves up with some light cover between the shop and the truck for approximately 1.5 miles before it slightly drops up and down in elevation increasingly placing cover and hills between the handheld and collars. We turn toward the North which places several hills between the collars and handheld, and use a return path heading West, North of the collars on the other side of a slight ridge. This allows us to return to the shop in a different direction and allows us to see when the unit picks up clearly by the straight line track caused on the screen. In our experience we do not expect the units to track the collars while traveling on the west traveling leg. We once again turn left and travel South, almost straight towards the shop and handhelds and note when the collars re-acquire the signal. This gives us two data points that are clearly easy to notice and see on the screen.

    Results:

    Garmin® Alpha™ system Distances in Yards/Miles:

    Garmin Distances

    SportDOG® TEK 2.0 Distances in Yards/Miles:

    TEK_Distances

    TEK 1= Collar #1
    TEK 2= Collar #2
    TEK 3= Collar #3
    H1= Handheld #1
    H2= Handheld #2

    Click here For our full TEK 2.0 Product Review

  • SportDOG Brand TEK 2.0 Product Review

    We were anxious to receive and take a look at the SportDOG® Brand TEK 2.0. A few months ago we checked in with SportDOG trying to catch a glimpse or make sure they were on target to step up to the plate. Quite frankly, we were not impressed with the TEK 1.0. With all the marketing we were seeing, we will admit even we were beginning to wonder what they had up their sleeves. SportDOG Brand obviously felt that they did not need our help with this product for input. I tried to keep my ego in place and patiently wait for the new product to hopefully impress me.

    PROS: 

    We always like to start with the Pros. We really like the rising stimulation option and think this is a great tool, to start with a low stimulation and by continuing to hold the button you can increase the stimulation. Our opinion is that rising stimulation is most useful in short distances where you can visually see the dog’s reaction so you’re aware of when you’ve given appropriate correction. If the dog is out of sight, you might prefer the fixed stimulation level setting so that you’re able to give a measured dose of correction where you can’t see the dog’s instant reaction.
    Another feature that we appreciated was the thumb dial, it was easy to adjust the stimulation level with the dial over using a touch screen it’s much faster to change your stimulation level when correcting a dog.

    CONS:

    One large difference between the TEK and the Garmin® Alpha™ is the method for paring a dog collar. After spending a week with this product we believe we’re beginning to understand the logic of how SportDOG pairs dogs with collars and colors. We believe there are groups of professional bird dog trainers that will appreciate the ability to input many dogs and then allow you to easily pair those dogs between a few collars. For example if a trainer has 15 dogs, and 2 TEK collars, perhaps they would prefer to see the correct dogs name on the screen while they are training with that specific dog. Once properly configured, they would be able to pick “DOG A” out of their truck and place the blue collar on that dog. They could then pair “DOG A” with the blue collar so that they are tracking and more importantly displaying “DOG A’s” name on the screen. After a training session, the trainer would grab “DOG B” and could place the blue collar on “DOG B”. Next using the handheld he would then remove “DOG A” and now pair “DOG B” with the blue collar and the handheld would correctly show “DOG B’s” name. If that makes sense to you, We’re going to assume you’re a dog trainer and who’s had difficulty renaming dogs in your system every time you switch dogs. The TEK 2.0 may be the correct system for you, however you should be prepared to download and study the owner’s manual and master the TEK 2.0 pairing process.

    We gave this system to several houndsmen and concluded that it was very hard to understand the process. SportDOG has created a matrix of collars, colors, and Dogs. To properly configure the system you first create the collar. On the unit we tested as far as we could tell the only names collars could be named were the factory “Collar 1”, “Collar 2”, “Collar 3”… etc. After you created a generic collar the next step was to pick a color for the collar. For example “Collar 1” could be associated to the color blue, and “Collar 2” could be associated to green, “Collar 3”, red and so on. (We think SportDOG intends you to match the color to the strap band, and we would definitely agree with that.) If you associate the color’s it will save you a lot of grief! However, if you’re dumb houndsmen like ourselves and have two black collars and two red collars out of the box, it gets very confusing quickly. Once you assign the color to the collar, you will need to go back into the system and create a dog. While you are creating a dog the system is going to ask you about 8 questions, training, alerts, update rate, bark detection. One very important question was the color, which we did not realize the importance of at the time. If you’re like us you might not remember what color you picked so you’ll have to close out of the set up and go check for your color.

    We will admit, no one that we gave this system to for the first time to pair a collar was successful, including ourselves. This brings us to our next point. SportDOG missed many opportunities in describing basic steps to use this device especially pairing the collar. For example, the TEK 2.0 asks us to place the collar in Pairing mode, however they do not mention how to do this, the customers are expected to go online and download the owner’s manual. On page 25 it explains how to place the collar in pairing mode. Our recommendation for SportDOG is to give the user this information on the screen, and include this information in the “Quick Start Guide”. It was frustrating to find a basic training manual explaining to us how to “Train Your Dog” while directing us online to download the instructions for the device. We feel it would be much more beneficial for SportDOG to include this in an instruction manual or at least the Quick Start Guide. We would much rather go online to download the basic training tips and would prefer the owner’s manual printed.
    These issues could have easily been fixed with field testing and feedback during product development. This was an early indication to us that the SportDOG TEK 2.0 was likely not vetted properly for ease of use by real hunters in the field as strongly as it needed to be.

    Strike one for SportDOG. The TEK 2.0 is not the easiest to understand or set up. However, with several phone calls into SportDOG support we were able to press on with our review, we still had HopTek, as well as the new and improved maps to play with.

    MAPPING: IMG_0658

    We were hopeful that when SportDOG partnered with Delorme, paired with offering lifetime map updates, the TEK 2.0 mapping would compete with Garmin. Yes, the TEK 2.0 has 100K maps, with roads, elevations and rivers. Our experience with their mapping was not as grand as anticipated. Again we would attribute this more to the lack of “REAL LIFE” testing and feedback than functionality. Let us explain; the TEK 2.0 has 2 screens that show maps, the Map screen and a Tracking screen. The Map screen shows just the hunter, without the dogs, where the Tracking screen shows the dogs as well as the hunter.

    Our issue that we experienced is that once the dogs trailed away from you, it was not easy to pan over and zoom the map showing the terrain the dog was in. On the Map screen it was easier to scroll around and pan the maps, however, as you recall the Map screen does not show the dogs, the Tracking screen displayed the dogs on the map. The issue was that we were only able to zoom from the center of our location and not the dog’s. Further, on the tracking screen we were not able to pan around on the map. Hunting in the West often requires us to look ahead of the dogs on the map to try and figure out what road the dogs are heading towards. With the TEK 2.0 it was virtually impossible when my dogs were 2 miles away from my location to easily check the map to view the area around my dogs. Our options were limited to zooming out from the handheld location on the tracking screen which shows all the dogs, however there was not much detail in the map because we had to zoom out to 2 miles. After several phone calls into SportDOG they showed us that we could select one dog and could center the map on the one dog in the tracking screen while zooming in or out from the one dog. We were still not able to pan, or to scroll over to see where the dog was heading.

    The TEK 2.0 system is capable of 21 dogs, we don’t think this option would work well since customers would be required to do this for each individual dog equating to a lot of time.
    Again, unfortunately we believe this could have been better handled and think it clearly shows a lack of practical testing and feedback from western big game hunters.

    HOPTEK:

    As we have been anticipating this release, we’ve seen a few messages on SportDOG’s Facebook page marketing the new HOPTEK technology. We expected it to be a welcome and powerful performance advantage to their competition. Would this be the ticket for SportDOG to level the playing field? Unfortunately, a few quick tests deflated any hope of ours that SportDOG would live

    up to their claims of the furthest performing tracking collar on the market. At Double U we regularly test collars and power outputs for them in our lab and on our custom distance test course, tracking distance is a very serious issue for our customers and we do everything possible to get the most distance using the best antennas on the market for them.
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    Our first order of business was to place the TEK2.0 collar on our Spec-Analyzer, it was interesting to
    see how the HopTek technology in action, in the image (bottom left), you can see the frequency changes and the output was as expected. With all the collars paired up we set out to do a side by side comparison against their competitor.
    Unfortunately all the hype and promotion of the HOPTEK Technology was shattered minutes into our distance tests. The TEK2.0 collars were the first to drop off the receiver between ½ and ¾ of a mile depending on which of the three collars. We held our breath for the units to reacquire the signal, however it was fruitless, the competition dominated the side by side test with both of the competitor’s collars tracking over 2 miles (2 miles and 2.4 miles to be exact.) It was deflating, frustrating and confusing. How could a company be so bold, and clearly not have any idea that they would not perform up to our standards? We took them out hunting the next day and collared up one dog with the TEK 2.0 and the competitors TT 15. Watching and comparing the collars side by side again and again showing the TEK 2.0 struggling to keep up while the Alpha consistently and reliably updated us with almost every step of the dog while it was at more than a mile away.

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    Click here to Read our Full Distance test Report.

    If you would like to review our full distance test, visit www.dusupply.com. We explain our course and expand on how our distance test was based. We also used the TEK 2.0 in real life hunting situations and our findings were always conclusive to the same results, simply put, the TEK did not perform well in a side by side comparison.

    Glitches and Errors:

    We experienced our share of glitch’s and errors while performing this extensive review. On one occasion both of our TEK 2.0 handhelds were not functioning for different reasons. One was locked up and wouldn’t respond to any buttons, while the other had lost the handheld GPS fix and would not report the location of the dog. We had to reboot both systems to continue our hunt. Another example was when the handheld is turned off all of the tracks are erased. So if you are in the middle of your hunt and you power off your device you will notice all the previous tracks are removed. Another issue is when you turn on your handheld it always shows the device back in Nashville TN, so for a few minutes while you are booting, it shows the dogs are, in our case, 2,100

    miles away. During our test we have plenty of notes of little glitches and problems with the TEK 2.0, too many to list here. Some were minor inconveniences while others are more troubling. In our experience with product development, most products have glitches and software errors that can be ironed out. We feel SportDOG would have benefited by using field testers in real world hound hunting environments before their product release.

    Our opinion about the SportDOG TEK2.0 is that the product was probably rushed to market and based on our customer support calls during testing, we feel that SportDOG customer service is not ready for this product and the issues that are arising from the TEK 2.0. SportDOG has some serious work ahead of them to fix a lot of these issues. Many of the glitches that we have found could be fixed with simple software updates and we are hopeful that SportDOG will address these fixes quickly. Their plan to offer free software updates to users is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately we don’t think the SportDOG TEK 2.0 is going to set the hound world on fire with its new features.

     

    You can purchase the SportDOG Brand TEK2.0 with Training abilities for 799.99 at DuSupply.com, with tracking only collars for 649.99

  • Big Changes for Garmin 2014 for the Alpha and Astro Lines

    Pro_Staff_Review

     

    Has Garmin come full circle with the introduction of the new
    TT 15 (track and train) GPS dog tracking collar?  Who can say
    for sure but with the release of the TT 15 we may need to re-coin
    the phrase “skies the limit”.

    T5_TT15__Alpha_Astro_Cropped The Garmin T5 and TT15 Collars will track on either handheld unit, but not both simultaneously.

    After the release of the Alpha 100 and TT10 collars I was thinking “what more could a guy ask for other than track and train on the same collar?” Then the TT15 showed up with new features such as an option to track on either the Alpha 100 or the Astro 320, bark detection, ability to start or stop recording on the VIRB action camera through the TT15 collar using commands from the Alpha 100 handheld, and the number 1 item on my “wish I had list”, collar vibrate mode for training.

    TT15_Unit_charging_clip_attached Both the T5 and TT15 Collars use the new Charging clip with the pigtail cord.

    My new Garmin TT15 GPS tracking collar came out of the box sporting the same trusted housing as the TT10. In fact the TT15 has the same overall appearance as the TT10. The only out of the box difference was the charging clip now has a pigtail.

    Following a night of charging and a simple software update on the Alpha 100, I was ready to take the TT15 into the field. Adding the TT15 collar to my Alpha 100 was quick and easy much like my TT10 collars. When I’m trying new tracking products I like to run them side by side with other Garmin units. In this case I was observing the TT15 beside a TT10, and a DC30 being tracked on an Astro 320. Initially, I tracked the TT15 on both the Alpha 100 and on an updated Alpha 100 that I had used over the past year. It wasn’t long before all my collars where linked up and ready to be hunted.

    Train_Vibrate Vibrate training menu on the Alpha 100.

    The first thing I noticed about the TT15 was the addition of the “vibrate” option in the training mode, which was indicated by the “V” on the training dashboard. I had hoped vibrate mode would make its way onto the Tri-Tronics training collars for some time. As a handler I had often felt there was a need for a graduated consequence that was dog specific, unlike the tone on my current training system. I’ve had a few young dogs that would hang up on a brush pile while cold trailing. If I would have toned the dog I risked having another tone sensitive dog(s) hear the tone and abandon the track. If I had stimulated the young dog I risked having it abandon the track. Having the vibrate option would have been a great solution. Now with the TT15 collar and the option of vibrate, tone or stimulation I will be rethinking how I respond to the dog’s behavior.

    Bark_Detection_Toggle Toggle Bark Detection On and Off.

    The advantage of being able to track a TT15 collar on an Alpha 100 or Astro 320 will be especially evident when mixing packs. I occasionally hunt with another handler who is using an Astro 320. When we turn our dogs out together it would be handy for him to see where are packs are in relationship to each other, especially true if we get separated from each other. While in the field it did take some practice to learn how to switch back and forth between the Alpha 100 and the Astro 320. Most of the difficulty I experienced was me having to re-learn how to navigate the Astro 320 after using my Alpha 100. From a performance stand point the TT15 performed as well as any collar I was tracking during the weeks I had it in the field. There didn’t appear to be any difference in range or reliability while being tracked on an Alpha 100 or the Astro 320. The only significant difference was that the vibrate mode is disabled on the TT15 while coupled to the Astro 320. One other thing I should mention is that you will need to decide which unit, the Alpha 100 or the Astro 320 you wish to have the TT15 collar linked to before you turn your dog loose. Once the collar has left your immediate area you will not be able to switch back or forth between handhelds.TT15_on_Casey_5

    When I first took the TT15 collar into the field I disabled the “bark detection” feature thinking I had little use for this option. I thought it was distracting and cluttered the screen. But after fiddling around with the display options I found that displaying the bark monitor in the compass screen setting was less distracting. The ironic thing is that after watching the “bark detector” monitor it was interesting to watch. In one instance I had the dogs leave my hearing but I was able to continue monitoring the track condition by the “bark detector”. While at a tree I observed the “bark detector” for accuracy and was surprised how accurate the monitor really was. As far as usefulness in a training situation I’m not sure how useful bark detection is, but it can sure see its value from an observation point of view.

    Virb_Record Virb Recording Menu on Alpha 100.
    Virb_Side Garmin VIRB Action Camera

    The one function that I didn’t have the opportunity to test on the TT15 was the “VIRB control” feature. Although I own and really enjoy using my VIRB action camera by Garmin I didn’t have an opportunity to use this feature. I anticipate a “spotlight” section on this feature in the near future.

    On the technical side the TT15 tracks the GLONASS or Russian version of GPS system. While in the field I never lost GPS signal on any of my collars for more than just a couple seconds however, I have to say that I don’t mind having the extra piece of mind knowing I’m tracking off 21 more satellites with the TT15. I believe that when the advantage of having the TT15 tracking GLONASS proves to be a true a “feature” it will be priceless. It may very well be the difference between finding a lost dog and not finding it in time.

     

    The short end of this track is that the TT15 collar featuring vibration, choose your unit (Alpha 100 or Astro 320), VIRB action camera control, and GLONASS is another “lead the pack” product by Garmin. With a “skies the limit” approach to dog training devices by Garmin, who can say what is next.

    TT15_Cropped Garmin TT15 Track and Train Collar
    TT15_on_Casey_11 Garmin TT15 on a Hound
  • Buddy's Garmin Astro DC50 Product Review

    Garmin astro 320 with DC50 Collar Garmin DC50 Product Review—July 2013

    Buddy + on Garmin’s DC50 collar—the News from the Field is definitely positive!

    Garmin has just released the DC50 tracking and training collar, the latest in its line of DC collars, and my field tests show that it offers several impressive advantages over its predecessors, the DC30 and DC40 collars. Combined with the Astro 320 handheld, your DC50 will provide vastly enhanced satellite coverage, much better handheld-to-collar reception because of its improved antenna, a Rescue Mode to automatically preserve battery power when you’re running low, and Bark Detection to keep you aware of your hounds’ behavior even when they’re far out in the field. These are the four most notable advances, but the DC50 comes with many more features you’ll appreciate as well. Read my whole review next, or zero in on a topic of special interest from our table of contents, and scroll directly to that topic:

    First we should note:  The Garmin DC50 will only track with the Garmin Astro 320 handheld.  If you currently have a 320, You will need to update your software on your 320. Software should be available at no charge on with the free Garmin WebUpdater program, which will be made available in about 1-2 weeks after the DC50 announcement.

    Addition of GLONASS Satellites Enhances Locating & Tracking Reliability

    If there are more eyes looking for your dog, the odds are better that they'll be found—it’s that simple. For geo-location and tracking, satellites serve as our eyes in the sky, and though they don’t look for us, our tracking units

    DC50-collar-closeup

    do look for them to ask “Where am I?” By adding the GLONASS system of satellites to the GPS satellites that tracking systems commonly use, Garmin has made it much more likely that your  DC50 collar will be able to find satellites. The GLONASS system will give you 21 more earth-orbiting satellites for your tracking collar to find, which really improves the odds of being able to locate and track your dogs accurately, even in heavy tree cover or deep canyons.

    In fact, your odds have increased by a factor of almost two. The USA series of GPS satellites has about 28 active satellites providing geolocation information to tracking units on the ground, so by adding the 21 satellites in the GLONASS series, Garmin has almost doubled the number of satellites your DC50 can contact to accurately locate your dog. This may not be a huge issue for bird hunters, because they typically operate in more open areas with good exposure to satellite coverage. But for hunters of four-legged critters like coons, cats or bears, who routinely get into dense forest or steep ravines that block satellite signals, the DC50 is the best answer yet to lost or intermittent satellite coverage. You’re going to love it.

    GPS Antenna Summary:       

     When you upgrade to the DC50 tracking and training collar, you’ll almost double your likelihood of being able to connect to geo-location satellites and pinpoint your dogs’ position and yours. Making these connections is a basic, essential function of the receivers in any tracking system, but for hunters and their hounds who regularly venture into rough or covered terrain, the enhanced satellite connectivity in your DC50 could be critical to your dogs’ safety as well as your hunting success.

    Longer, More Durable VHF Antenna Improves Reception

    dc50-Antenna  Long RangeThe DC50 is equipped with either 18.5” or 22.5” braided-steel VHF antennas that are a huge improvement over the 12” antennas on the DC30 and DC40 in terms of performance and durability. Garmin has improved performance by moving the antenna’s GPS receiver back to the top of the collar, where it was on the DC30; the top-mounted placement provides much better exposure, guaranteeing you’ll enjoy faster satellite acquisition and more stable connections, as well as a more reliable transmit-connection between your Astro 320 and your DC50 collar. Basically, Garmin has removed your hound’s body as a source of interference to transmission. This is probably my favorite feature of the redesigned antenna, but Garmin has also improved durability by using aircraft-grade braided steel in the core of the antenna, rather than the copper-wound cores they put in the DC30 and DC40 antennas. Considering the abuse sustained by a collar on a typical active working hound, I think the greater tensile strength and flexibility of braided steel will give you dozens if not hundreds more hours of effective life.

    These significant design changes make the DC50 antennas comparable to the TT10, Garmin’s top-line collar. In terms of reach, the 22.5” antenna will give you the biggest bump in tracking distance. But you can choose the 18.5” if you prefer something shorter. Bottom line? The combined improvements in the DC50 antenna will give you a longer service life, faster, more stable VHF and satellite connections, and fewer lost communication messages compared to the stock antennas on the DC30 and DC40. To me, that’s a hard combination to pass up.

    VHF Antenna Review Summary:    

     When you upgrade to the DC50 tracking and training collar, you’ll get a better antenna design that guarantees you a longer life and better performance in the field. The boost you get will result from the DC50’s top-mounted receiver, which assures better transmit connections, as well as the antenna’s greater length and stronger, more flexible braided-steel core.

    Rescue Mode Extends Battery LifeDc50 Rescue Mode

    A tracking collar is no good to you once its batteries die, and one of the most discussed topics about Garmin’s tracking collars has been battery life. Garmin has addressed this issue in the DC50 by incorporating the “Rescue Mode” battery saver feature. First let’s discuss the way it works: when you enable it, Rescue Mode uses a program in the collar’s software to recognize when your collar has dropped to 25% remaining battery life; at this point, the program automatically changes your update rate from once every 5, 10 or 30 seconds to once every 2 minutes.

    By automatically switching to the longest update rate, Rescue Mode will allow your DC50 collar to conserve its batteries and greatly extend the time over which it can transmit its location to your Astro 320. We tested this in the field and found that Rescue Mode did increase the amount of time we could remain in contact with our DC50 collar; check the table at right for results. With the DC40’s and DC30’s in a 5 second update we would generally see around 17 hours of life.    With the DC50’s we seeing getting around 30 hours total.  This is a test that is very difficult to summarize,  as our results are dependent on so many factors.  We have seen results as high as 39 hours on 5 seconds, and as low as 29 hours of battery life.   For this review we are going with the worst case test,  We wouldn’t be surprised if you see a few more hours than we are reporting in this review.  What is apparent is that the Garmin Astro DC50 Rescue Mode battery life has increased greatly from the DC40 collars when you use Rescue Mode.

    With 5 second updates we are getting between 30 and 36 hours.

    We’re currently testing battery performance with the DC50 set at 10- and 30-second update rates, and will let you know the results when we’re done. But meanwhile, we recommend using Rescue Mode on your collars so you can get all the benefits of faster update rates and still have confidence your batteries will last a long time. We figure it like this: 13 hours at a 5-second update rate gives you most of the day hunting, and if for some reason you can’t retrieve your dogs by then, most likely you’ve lost them or can’t physically get to them. By using Rescue Mode, you give yourself the best chance to find your hounds because you’ll continue to receive updates for many more hours. Of course, we recommend charging your collars after every hunt so you can start out with a fresh battery, but some hunters use their collars for several hunts before charging. Those customers may wish to disable the Rescue Mode on their latter hunts if they prefer to get faster updates in exchange for shorter battery life. That’s simple: just turn it off.

    One thing to note: if you do use Rescue Mode with your DC50, you’ll need to manually change your update rate back to your preferred interval after you’re done charging; otherwise, the collar will continue updating at the 2-minute rate. In summary: the Rescue Mode on the DC50 is an awesome feature that we really appreciate and rely on because it increases our margin of safety while in the field with our hounds. It allows us to confidently use Garmin’s faster update rates all day long, knowing that when our collar batteries reach 25%, Rescue Mode will kick in to help us deal with any unexpected situations.

    Rescue Mode Takeaway:       

     When you upgrade to the DC50 tracking and training collar, you’ll enjoy the option of using Rescue Mode to automatically extend the operating life of your batteries by many hours. This could mean the difference between finding or not finding one of your dogs after a long day in the field. However, if you don’t want your update rate slowed to 2 minutes when your batteries reach the threshold, you can just turn off Rescue Mode.

    Bark Detection Included to Keep You Aware of your Hound’s Behavior

    DC50 Bark DetectionNow let’s get into the details of the Bark Detection feature Garmin has added to the DC50. By showing each of your dogs’ rate of barks per minute, this valuable feature will keep you informed about which of your dogs are barking and which are staying silent during a race, even when they’re out of audible range. The DC50 detects barks and calculates the number per minute for each of your dogs, then displays a bark scale on your Astro 320 handheld. I’ve spent a few hours working with this feature to test it with my hounds in the field, and it works really well. Although I don’t see it as a “must-have feature,” it was useful and interesting to be able to tell if my dogs were still working a cold track when hunting—and by giving me an ability to figure out how much the dogs were barking, I could tell if and when my dogs started warming up to a track.

    DC50 Bark Dection Map ScreenOf course, the downside is that I can’t lie to myself anymore about how mouthy Maddie (my Redbone Hound) is when she’s starting a track! The DC50’s Bark Detection clearly informs me she peg the scale when she wants to run a track. But from that standpoint, it is nice to have something that accurately judges my dogs’ mouths, because barking is a clear reflection of their level of excitement. This gives me a point of reference to help make decisions about the situations they’re in, whether they’re first heading out, or really eager to start a track, or already crowding a tree with a critter they’ve chased down.

    How does this work with your Astro 320? Well, the Barking Scale for each your dogs is viewable on the map page next to each dog’s icon, or you can have it displayed on the compass page between each dog’s name and distance from you. Two points I need to share about Bark Detection are that you can turn off the feature if you choose, but if you choose to use it, it’s controlled by your Astro 320 and not selectable for each individual collar. So if you turn on Bark Detection, it will show the barks per minute for all the DC50 collars you have in your list.

    DC50 Bark Dection AlertsOne issue I’m slightly critical about is how the bark rates for your dogs are displayed—the software I tested showed all my dogs’ bark rates on my map screen, and with multiple dogs this takes up a lot of valuable space on a screen that you don’t really want cluttered or obscured. For some hunters and hound-runners, this will basically make Bark Detection an “all-or-nothing” feature, At the time of this release I’m told we will have a feature that allows us to turn off the display on the map screen so Bark Detection can be configured to show only on the dog-list page. This would work a lot better for those of us who hunt with many dogs and prefer to keep our map screens fully viewable and uncluttered.

    DC50 Bark Dection Alerts So, in the grand scheme of things, Bark Detection can be a useful feature when you’re out in the field, but it doesn’t add tremendous value to the core reason for buying a tracking collar. Turn it on if you like to get accurate real-time readings on which of your dogs are barking, and turn it off if you don’t.

    Bark Detection Takeaway:       

     When you upgrade to the DC50 tracking and training collar, you’ll be able to rely on Bark Detection to keep you informed about your hounds’ level of excitement at any time during a hunt. The real-time barks-per-minute data displayed on your Astro 320 will help you command and control each of your dogs more effectively—but if you’d rather not use the feature, as with Rescue Mode, you can just turn it off.

    Multipurpose Charging Port Enhances Convenience & Efficiency

    DC50-4port-usb-connection (Large)Charging ports have also been a topic of much discussion throughout the evolution of Garmin’s DC collars, and we’re happy to report improvements here too. The DC50 comes with a more versatile and user-friendly charging clip that resembles the one on Garmin’s TT10 collar; the clip connects to the collar via a standard USB port through which you can not only charge your DC50, but also connect to your computer to update its software. This versatility gives you more charging options and makes it easier for you to update your software, which will help you keep your DC50 current on new features and capabilities released by Garmin in the future.

    Dc50-charing-clipThe multipurpose DC50 port also gives you more choices and greater reliability when you need to connect to power to charge your collar: it can be plugged into a standard AC outlet, a charging port in a vehicle, or any computer USB port. I would have preferred to see Garmin more closely mimic the design of the charge clip on the TT10, which has a smaller USB connection that allows Alpha Collars to use Garmin’s splitter cable. However, there are plenty of inexpensive aftermarket cell-phone cables with multiple USB plugs, so you can invest in one of those to make it possible for you to charge two or more DC50s out of one AC outlet.

    Besides easier charging, one of the best benefits of the new port on the DC50 is that it provides you with a direct connection between your collar and computer to update its software. With the DC30 and DC40 collars, users need to wirelessly connect their collars to a computer, and as we all know, updating software through wireless has its limitations, including slower data-transmit speeds and a tendency to lose connections. Using a direct USB cable to update your DC50’s software will give you a faster, more stable method to connect and complete the download. The direct USB connection is less prone to interference, software corruptions, or errors while updating. The only real drawback is that you’ll need to have your collars near a computer to update them, so unless you bring your laptop with you and are able to get access to the internet in the field, you won’t be able to update. For a very few customers this might cause some inconvenience, but in the end we think a hardwire connection is the best way to update collars because of its increased speed and stability.

    In summary, I think the DC50 charging port and clip are a welcome design advance and a definite upgrade to the system.

     Charging System Summary:       

     When you upgrade to the DC50 tracking and training collar, you’ll get more options for electrical charging hookups, as well as a hardwire connection to stay current on Garmin’s software updates. The USB cable will give you faster, more reliable downloads than the wireless setup used in the DC30 and DC40 collars, but you’ll have to have a computer on hand to execute an update.

    Tones Confirm Successful Setting Changes or Addition of Collars

    Another notable difference between the DC30/DC40 collars and the new DC50 is the audible tone it emits when you successfully add a collar to your Astro 320 handheld. This feature is nice because it not only confirms when a collar has been added, but also that it was added correctly. It will also identify exactly which collar has been added when there are other collars in the immediate vicinity. Finally, the DC50 emits a short beep when you successfully change many of its settings. For instance, when you change the collar’s update rate or dog status, you’ll hear a beep confirming that the change has been made successfully.

     

    Tool-less Design Makes Collar Change-out Quick and Easy on your DC50

    DC50-without collarOne of the best things about the new DC50’s design is that it will allow you to easily replace your collar strap without using tools. Garmin has adopted the design used on its TT10 collars (and on Tri-tronics EXP collars), so your DC50 has integral channels into which you can quickly slide a standard universal collar strap. This not only makes it faster and easier to change out your straps, but also allows you to easily insert longer straps if you need to fit a collar to a larger dog. You’ll no longer need those special collar straps with die-cut holes in DC50 With Different Collar Strapthem when you just want to change the color of your dog collar. This will free up hunting time you might otherwise have to spend on the routine task of changing out collars. And if you have dogs that are as smart, disciplined, and well trained as Buddy’s, you’ll find that the quick-change collars on the DC50 are a welcome feature after your hound has had a close encounter of the famous skunk—or when they’ve rolled themselves shoulder to hip in the reeking remains of some dead wild critter. Because we all know they LOVE to do that!

    This collar strap design allows you to add a Tri Tronics EXP receiver to the bottom of the collar unlike the DC30s or DC40s.

     Summary x 2:       

     When you upgrade to the DC50 tracking and training collar, you’ll not only enjoy super-fast, super-easy collar change-outs thanks to the slide-in channels on the GPS receiver, you’ll also be audibly notified when you change settings on your Astro 320 or successfully add new collars.

    Con's About the DC50 Collar

    The DC50 is a well designed  device and it works extremely well. Some of the low points with the DC50 system.

    • The Garmin DC 50 Is not compatible with the 220 Handhelds.
    • The DC50 is limited to 10 dogs unlike the ALPHA which as a 20 dog capacity.
    • You will see more Interference messages compared to the Garmin ALPHA system

    DC50 vs. DC40—What’s the Difference?

    In brief, here are the features that distinguish the Garmin DC50 from the Garmin DC40.

    Garmin DC50 Collar Garmin DC40 Collar
    Suggested retail: $229.99 Suggested retail: $249.99 (now reduced to $197.00 at DU Hunting Supply!)
    Bark-detection mode has been added No Bark Detection
    21.5” braided-steel VHF antenna provides 30% more range (up to 9 miles) 12” VHF antenna provides 7-mile range depending on terrain
    Top-mounted high-sensitivity, GLONASS-enabled GPS receiver High-sensitivity GPS-only receiver
    Waterproof to 10 meters (33 ft) Waterproof to 1 meter (IPX7 rated)
    Rescue mode that automatically kicks in at ¼ power to preserve battery life No rescue mode
    A 1” wide collar adjustable from 12” to 27" in length A 1” wide collar adjustable from 12" to 20" in length
    Only compatible with the Astro 320 handheld (and will require users to download a free software update to their 320 before using the DC50) Compatible with Astro 320 and Astro 220 handhelds

    What’s in Your DC50 Box?

    Garmin DC50 collar
    DC50 wireless transmitter with Blue collarAC adapter Vehicle power cableQuick start manual

    Contact Double U Hunting Supply today if you’re ready to order Garmin’s DC50, or Garmin Astro 320 Combo, the most innovative and versatile dog collar around, or just ask questions about the many other Garmin products and hunting supplies we sell. You can reach us on the phone at 855-DU Hunts (855-384-8687), or via email at mail@dusupply.com.

    Thanks and good luck in the field!

    Buddy Woodberry --

  • Garmin Delta Review

     Garmin Delta and Delta Sport Electronic Dog Training Systems

    Garmin has changed the game when it comes to training your hunting dogs in the field, or your beloved hounds at home. The company in January introduced its Delta Series of electronic dog training systems, including the entry-level Delta and the feature-packed Delta Sport. These transmitter/receiver systems can be used to correct problem barkers at home, and to enhance the working performance of your bird dogs, upland hunters, or hounds in the field. According to Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales, “These new electronic dog training aids are designed to help dogs learn – whether they’re elite sporting dogs or beloved members of the family.”

     

    Garmin Delta vs. Garmin Delta Sport—What’s the Difference?

    Both the Garmin Delta and the Garmin Delta Sport incorporate safe and reliable electronic correction technology developed by Tri-Tronics – a leader in electronic dog training devices for more than four decades. However, the Delta Sport is the first electronic dog training system to incorporate Garmin’s BarkLimiter™ capability. Garmin BarkLimiter helps quickly and humanely eliminate nuisance barking by increasing the stimulus it applies until the unwanted barking stops.

     

    According to Garmin, BarkLimiter uses accelerometer-based bark identification to distinguish between barking and other vocalizations, so it can recognize the difference between wanted and unwanted barks, as well as vibration from scratching or even from another dog's barking! This virtually eliminates false and over correction, and gives you peace of mind, knowing your Garmin Delta Sport can serve double duty at home when you’re not relying on it in the field. The Garmin Delta Sport also offers 50% longer effective range, and 2 more stimulus configurations than the Garmin Delta.

     

    In brief, here are the features that distinguish the Garmin Delta from the Garmin Delta Sport.

    Garmin Delta Garmin Delta Sport
    Suggested retail: $199.99 Suggested retail: $249.99
    Effective range: ½ mile Effective range: ¾ mile
    Electronic stimulation: 18 levels, either momentary or continuous Electronic stimulation: up to 36 levels, either momentary or continuous
    3 different stimulus configurations (see details below) 5 different stimulus configurations (see details below)
    No BarkLimiter BarkLimiter built in

     

    GARMIN DELTA Stimulus Configurations

    1. Tone, Vibration, Momentary Stimulation
    2. Tone, Continuous Stimulation, Momentary Stimulation
    3. Vibration, Continuous Stimulation, Momentary Stimulation

     

    GARMIN DELTA SPORT Stimulus Configurations

    1. Tone, Vibration, Momentary Stimulation
    2. Tone, Continuous Stimulation, Momentary Stimulation
    3. Vibration, Continuous Stimulation, Momentary Stimulation
    4. Momentary, Continuous Stimulation Low, Continuous Stimulation High
    1. 5.       Continuous, Momentary Stimulation Low, Momentary Stimulation High

     

    OK—So How Are the Garmin Delta and Delta Sport the Same?

    Features common to both the Delta and the Delta Sport include compact, ergonomic cases, bright, sharp LCD displays, easy-to-use 3-button-front controllers, and separate side buttons to quickly choose between different dogs and adjust stimulus levels for each.

     

    Both units can be programmed to work with up to three dogs, and Garmin gives you four stimulus modes to more effectively train your dogs: tone, vibration, momentary stimulus, or continuous stimulus. Houndsmen and dog owners: you know that every dog is unique, and every training situation is different; you’ll love the option to begin correction with a tone and/or vibration, and stop there if an electronic stimulus isn’t necessary. In addition, these versatile units can be operated with one hand, and are designed to work with all dog breeds and any length of fur. Best of all, once you program your Garmin Delta or Delta Sport for specific dogs, your unit will remember your settings for you!

     

    Finally, both the Garmin Delta and the Garmin Delta Sport have lithium-ion batteries that will recharge in only 2 hours, and last for up to 60 hours of continuous use. And, they’re enclosed in rugged cases that are waterproof in one meter of water for up to a half hour (rated IPX7).

     

    Bottom line?

    The Garmin Delta and Garmin Delta Sport are durable, ergonomic, simple-to-use electronic training systems for dog owners who want to teach their home pets or hunting companions new commands, or dissuade them from annoying behaviors. The Garmin Delta is your tool if you don’t need help controlling nuisance barking. The Garmin Delta Sport is your tool if you need more power, more versatility, and the extremely useful BarkLimiter capability.

     

    What’s in the Box?

     

    Garmin Delta Garmin Delta Sport
    • Delta handheld
    • Delta dog device
    • Black 1.9 cm collar
    • Charging clip
    • Lanyard
    • USB cable
    • USB split cable
    • AC adapter
    • User’s Manual
    • Delta Sport handheld
    • Delta dog device with built-in BarkLimiter™
    • Black 3/4" collar
    • Charging clip
    • Lanyard
    • USB cable
    • USB split cable
    • AC adapter
    • User’s Manual

     

    Contact Double U Hunting Supply today if you’re ready to order the most innovative and versatile dog training systems around, or just ask us questions about the capabilities and performance of Garmin’s Delta or Delta Sport.

  • Garmin Alpha 100 Review

     

    Garmin Alpha 100 Review

    Garmin Alpha 100—the Pinnacle of Canine Tracking & Training Systems

     

     

    If you’re ready to jump big-time into the world of

    dog tracking and training, or upgrade big-time from your010-01041-00_HR_0012.2 (Copy)

    current tracking and training system, Garmin’s Alpha 100/TT10 combo has set the bar for utility and

    performance in the field. It gives you the best of both worlds by combining Garmin’s integrated GPS

    tracking with Tri-tronics remote training

    capabilities to allow you to do double duty with your hounds in the field. You can track and train simultaneously for optimum results with your hunting dogs.

    What’s New with the Alpha 100

    Garmin has loaded the Alpha 100 with several features not available in less expensive systems. The “buddy tracker” function is an industry first—it allows you to track not only your dogs, but also your friends who have Alpha units, in any combination of up to 20 buddies and dogs. In addition, there are twice the usual number of ID codes to differentiate your Alpha from others in the area, integral PIN codes that can be shared so other Alpha units can track and/or train your hounds, and safety lights in the TT10 collar that you can activate from your handheld so you can find and follow your dogs even after dark.

     

    According to Double U’s Buddy Woodberry, “The Alpha is the best integrated system out there, hands down. Garmin doubled the number of ID CODES from 50 in the Astro 320 to 100 in the Alpha. This is a great feature especially for guys running a huge number of dogs, because it really cuts down on the chances of interference from other Garmin collars. And if you ever run dogs at night, the LED lights in the TT10 collar are a fantastic feature because you can turn them on not only to get a visual on your dogs, but also to make them visible to vehicles if they get near a road.”

     

    Another valuable feature for dog safety is the ability to remotely change the frequency of location updates sent to your Alpha handheld (not possible with the Astro, which has to be next to the collar). “The Alpha transmits all controls over the MURS band, where the Astro only receives the collar location through MURS band, which is much more limited. So as long as your Alpha is tracking and in communication with your TT10, you can adjust any of your collar settings,” says Buddy. “I was hunting a logging area recently, and my dogs were headed toward a logging road. That kind of situation can be really stressful, but with the Alpha I was able to change my update rate from a distance. I changed  it from 30 to 2.5 seconds to make sure I’d be able to greet my dogs as they stepped on the road.” You can further assure your hounds’ safety by setting up a customized virtual boundary using the detailed maps displayed on your Alpha’s touch screen; if any of your dogs crosses the “geofence” you create, the Alpha will send you an alert so you can recall your errant hunter.

     

    “This option is excellent for people hunting in small areas, around private property, or along highways and main roads,” says Buddy. “I also use the geofence around camp, or if we stop somewhere to water the dogs and let them stretch their legs near a traveled road.” Simply put, the Alpha100 stands at the pinnacle of tracking systems with integrated training functions, and it offers many more amazing features. Keep reading to learn about those.

     

    Out-of-this-world Tracking, Right Here on Earth

    There’s tracking, and there’s tracking Garmin style: the Alpha 100 displays each of your dogs and their correction settings in a sliding bar above the map, so it’s easy for you to check their

    status. Within the map, the Alpha displays your dogs’ speed and direction of travel, as well as their distance from you. You know the Alpha can track up to 20 dogs or fellow hunters, but did you know it can even send you notifications when one of your hounds is on point or treed? Talk about handy!  And if you want a better-than-life view of your surroundings, including roads, water, woods and more, you can buy a subscription to Garmin’s BirdsEye TOPO maps, and enjoy satellite-generated details you may never have thought possible.

     

    Finally, Garmin’s all-new BaseStation feature lets you turn your laptop into a “big-screen” field control center. “You’ll have to download their BaseCamp software,” notes Buddy, “but once you do, you can plug your Alpha into your laptop with a USB cord, and your dogs can be tracked on your laptop screen.  One thing Buddy notes is that you will need to purchase the Garmin Topo map DVD for your computer, it currently does not show the map from your handheld on the computer.  And of course, because your Alpha is GPS-based, you'll get tracking even where Internet and cell phone service isn’t available.

     

    Alpha’s Amazing Display, Maps & Compass review

    The Garmin Alpha has a 1.5” x 3” high-resolution touch-screen display that shows everything in color and is even glove friendly, for those frigid winter days when you don’t want to expose your hands. “I prefer the orange color to locate it when I set it down at a tree,” says Buddy, “and Garmin has done a good job of creating a user friendly menu. It’s very intuitive to get to the settings you need.”

    The Alpha comes with pre-installed 100K topographic maps that show all the important features of the land or water around you. And in contrast to the Astro, it has a tilt-compensated 3-axis electronic compass so you don’t have to worry about holding your Alpha just right to enjoy super-accurate direction finding. However, there is a little work for you to do: “Remember,” says Buddy, “If you use the compass page regularly, it’s important to calibrate your compass often so you get the most accurate location and heading info for you and your dogs.”

    The Alpha will also let you add waypoints to mark important spots like property entrances, trailheads, game beds, your camp, and the location of your vehicle. And Double U offers many options from Garmin to upgrade the map that comes with your handheld. “The default map on the Alpha is 100K, which means you see details at the scale of 1:100,000” Buddy explains. “But if you want more detail, we have some great options. I often suggest Garmin’s 24K maps—they show at 1:24,000—or their Birdseye Topo maps. They show USGS maps at 1:24,000, AND NRC maps at 1:50,000.”

     

    Completely Customizable Remote Training and Hound Management

    Your hounds may be new to the game and require more frequent training, or they may be experienced hunters who rarely need correction, reminders or commands. No matter—the Alpha 100 can do either, and anything in between, with style. It provides 18 stimulation settings in two different configurations, as well as tone and pulse options. The system is extremely easy to use, and the complete variability of adjustment in stimulation really helps with more sensitive dogs. “Without a doubt, this is the best training setup on the market,” says Buddy. “As long as you can track your dog, you can correct your dog—in a way, it’s kinda like being next to them wherever they go.” The Alpha is rated to transmit 9 miles, and Buddy and his family have successfully tested their unit at 6 to 7 miles using a truck antenna in ideal conditions. “We were on top of a ridge, and our hound was down the valley a ways with good line of sight, but still, it’s amazing to think you can control so many aspects of the system’s operation from such long distances. And the best part about the Alpha is you can easily see what your dog is doing and take advantage of that to adjust your corrections in real time.”

     

    The training foundation for the ALPHA 100 is based on the incremental and customizable stimulation levels that Tri-Tronics has been using for years. However, Garmin has given us two different ways to interpret and select those levels. The first is called "Traditional:" it matches the 6 levels Tri-Tronics now uses, but adds low, medium and high subsettings within those 6 levels to give you a total of 18 stimulation options.

     

    According to Buddy, “This allows you to match the stimulation setups of any of the Tri-Tronics collars. But if you prefer a slightly faster way to raise and lower your stim levels, you would choose the ‘Linear’ configuration. It gives you 18 levels in a straight sequence that corresponds with the low, medium and high levels Tri-Tronics uses in its Pro series collars.”

     

     

    You can also set up custom pages for multiple dogs so you can adjust and transmit corrections to three dogs from the same screen without having to change pages. “This is a great feature when you’re running multiple dogsat the same time,” says Buddy. “You still have only one button per dog, but you can have different levels for each dog individually. These mode options will allow folks to set up their unit the way that best fits what they prefer. This Alpha/TT10 combo works really well as both a training collar and a hunting collar…”

    Nuts and Bolts and Li-Ion Batteries

     

    One of the best features about the Alpha is its rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The battery pack is compact and easy to replace in the field, and it provides dozens of hours of service before needing to be recharged.  “We all know how quickly the Astro 320s burn AA batteries,” says Buddy, “The rechargeable in the Alpha system are not only more cost effective, they’re more convenient and reliable.”  The Alpha also comes with a 12v truck adaptor that powers the batteries and charges them at the same time. “The only time I wind up with a dead battery in my Alpha now is when I forget to plug it into my vehicle. If you spend a lot of time on foot or on horseback, we recommend getting a spare battery for your Alpha, just like you would for a cordless power tool, for example.” Battery life on the TT10 collar is around 24 hours when it’s set at the 2.5-second update rate, but doubles to 48 hours if you set it to a 2-minute update rate.

     

    And if you’ve ever been in a critical situation with your hounds in the field, only to lose contact because your batteries died, well, Garmin has thought of that for you. When the battery in your TT10 collar reach the 25% charge level, the collar automatically switches into Rescue Mode and slows the update rate at which it pings your Alpha to every 2 minutes. This extends the battery life in your TT10, giving you more time to search for and locate your dog. Of course, you can also manually select Rescue Mode, or quickly adjust your update rate to one of 5 intervals: 2.5, 5, 10, or 30 seconds, and a maximum of 2 minutes (120 seconds).

     

    “Hunting with the DC30 collars, we would use the 30-second update rate and could expect about 30 hours of battery life,” notes Buddy.  “With the Alpha/TT10 system, we use the 10-second update rate as our default, and with help from Rescue Mode we consistently see 42 hours of battery life in our collars.”

     

    In the Field with Buddies? Communicate with Them Via Your Alpha!

    The Alpha handheld comes with another unique and valuable feature: it has 18 preprogrammed text messages you can send to your buddies to communicate silently and efficiently about your situation or intentions. “The buddy-to-buddy text feature only works after you enable and pair your unit with the other Alphas you want to reach,” says Buddy, “but again, as with most features on the Alpha system, this is easy to do.” Buddy does have one reservation, though. “However great in theory, we’ve found the quick-text feature is not as practical in the field as we would have expected... The individual messages are great, and the texting feature works well, but if the user receiving the message isn’t looking at the screen, the message disappears after a few seconds and can’t be retrieved. Most of the time when you’re in the field, you’re either walking or watching and listening to your dogs, not looking at your Alpha screen. I’ve suggested to Garmin that they improve the text feature by programming it to leave texts on screen until the recipient reads and clears them. We’re hopeful for a software update to fix this soon.”

     

    The Low-down on your Alpha 100/TT10 Combo

    Following is a summary of the most notable features you get with your Garmin Alpha system, some of which we haven’t even covered!

     

    Alpha 100 Features & Performance:
    Unit dimensions 1.53"W x 2.55"H (3.8 x 6.3 cm); 3" diag (7.6 cm)
    Display type / resolution 65-K color touchscreen / 200 x 400 pixels
    Weight 8.8 oz (250 g) with standard antenna and battery
    Battery rechargeable lithium-ion (included)
    Waterproof Yes (IPX7)
    Interface USB

    Alpha 100 Maps & Memory:

    Preloaded maps 100K topographic; 24K topo and BirdsEye satellite maps available
    Built-in memory 4GB, with 500 MB available for user storage
    Accepts data cards Yes: microSD™ card (not included)
    Waypoints/favorites/locations 4000
    Routes 200
    Track log 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
    Additional Features
    Automatic turn-by-turn routing on roads Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
    Tilt-compensated 3-axis electronic compass Yes
    High-res, glove-friendly touchscreen Yes
    Ability to add personalized waypoints Yes
    Ability to share data wirelessly with other Alpha units Yes
    Hunt/fish calendar Yes
    Sun and moon information Yes
    Tide tables Yes
    Barometric altimeter Yes
    Area calculation Yes
    Navigation to geotagged photos Yes
    Garmin-Connect™ compatible (online site where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes

     

     

     

    What to Expect, and What You’ll Get

    Buddy points out one important limitation for your Alpha 100: it is NOT compatible with Garmin’s DC20, DC30 or DC40 collars; it only operates TT10 collars, so you’ll have to buy TT10s to enjoy all the amazing capabilities of your Alpha system. When you do choose to upgrade, here’s what you’ll get in the box:

    • Alpha 100 handheld with belt clip
    • Rechargeable, replaceable Li-ion battery pack
    • Extended range antenna
    • TT10 dog collar with orange strap
    • Charge clips for handheld and collar, and an AC adapter for the handheld
    • Vehicle power cable, split adapter cable and USB cable
    • Short and long contact-point sets with wrench and non-stim plugs
    • Durable field bag
    • User manuals

     

    The Bottom Line on Garmin’s Alpha 100/TT10 combo?

    If you want the best, invest in the Alpha system to manage your hounds (and even your buddies) in the field. It’s available through Double U Hunting Supply for $799.99, and for that price you don’t just get the equipment—you also get the expertise of Double U’s Garmin-smart employees, and unparalleled customer service for the life of your Alpha. When you buy from Double U, we work hard to make sure you’re satisfied. Have questions? Visit us at www.dusupply.com, or contact our Double U product experts to find out more: we’re at mail@dusupply.com or (855) DU HUNTS (855-384-8687).

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