The Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon
is a 3 antenna avalanche transceiver
that has the longest range and best accuracy around
We tested them all because you can't afford to, and after much practice, the Pieps is our TOP Choice for its range, ease of use, and great price
Enhanced by the latest DSP technology (signal processing with a digital signal) and a triple-antenna system, the PIEPS DSP not only offers an exceptional 60 meter range but also greatly simplifies the rescue procedure, even in the case of multiple burials
As soon as the PIEPS DSP picks up signals, the approximate distance and direction to the strongest signal are displayed on a large LCD plus the number of burials within range is represented on the LCD matchstick men
Another revolutionary first for the PIEPS DSP is the highly useful SCAN feature. Press the SCAN key while in SEARCH mode and the DSP will scan the entire receiving range and return an overview of all buried devices within range classified in three groups, Reading 1: Number of burials within a distance of approx. 5 meters, Reading 2: Number of burials within a distance of approx. 20 meters, Reading 3: Number of burials within a distance of approx. 50 meters
The optimized multiple search, the absolute highlight of the PIEPS DSP, is based on a separation of digital signals via the digital signal processor (DSP). If there are multiple burials, this is clearly indicated by the number of matchstick men
By default, the PIEPS DSP will automatically search for the strongest signal. Once the position of the first burial has been located, a searcher can MARK the signal of the first burial. Once MARKED the first signal is now suppressed and the PIEPS DSP will automatically search for the second strongest signal and so on and so forth until all victims are located
An avalanche beacon isn't something to skimp on, so get the best, get a Pieps
Range: Digital - 196ft (60m)
Digital: Yes Analog: NO
Battery Type: 3 AAA batteries
Battery Life: When On 200 hr
Weight: including batteries 7oz (198g)
Recommended Use: Multiple burial avalanche rescue, backcountry snowsports, out of bounds skiing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
Country of Origin: China
Pieps item # 495016
Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon
Best of the Best
Date Posted: 2009-12-29
Posted By: Andrew McLean
Salt Lake City, UT United States
I've used Barryvox, Ortovox, Pieps and Tracker beacons over the last 15 years and liked them all without developing an attachment to any particular brand. Last year I had an opportunity to review the top six brands of beacons for Skiing Magazine under the assumption that they would be tested as a "normal" user uses them, ie; take them out of the package, turn them on and use them with little to no reading of the manual. Fortunately, I was in the market for a new beacon, so I had a personal interest in the results. I tested range, speed of a single search, ease of a multiple search, ease of use and how the harness fit. I didn't know what to expect, but I definitely didn't aniticipate the Pieps DSP to be such a clear winner in almost every category! It had by far and away the longest range (70 meters) and somehow eliminated the flux line arc which takes the searcher on a tangent before honing in on the victim. Instead, it was a direct bee-line to the victim. Single searches were no problem (as they are on most modern digital beacons) and the multiple search was very intuitive and accurate. I use a custom beacon harness, so I don't have any comment on the fit of the Pieps harness. Of the two Pieps models, I chose this one as it is the most basic - I want simplicity and durability out of a beacon and get temps and altitude from my watch.
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