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Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) - 1
The Pieps DSP

The Pieps DSP is an advanced, four-antenna digital avalanche beacon with several innovative features that still manages to be on the lighter side of its class. Pieps originated the digital avalanche beacon and continues to innovate – this beacon has the highest search range in its class (50 meters), does a quick scan to report the exact number of burials and allows marking of individual burials during the search, uses a smart transmitter that tries to eliminate overlapping signals, and is software-upgradable through a USB cable that connects to its audio port. Its fourth antenna allows for a self-check that serves the same purpose as a traditional group check, and the DSP can also analyze the signal from other beacons and note whether they’re within spec.

All of this adds up to a beacon which, while not the cheapest and absolute lightest, can help a non-expert like Bob be safe, yet support him as his skills grow.

  • Item: Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon
  • Weight: 7 ounces, including batteries but without harness
  • MSRP: $450