Strong group communication is the key to any successful day of adventuring. Find separated friends, communicate plans, and share observations in real-time with the BC Link group communication system. The Smart Mic user interface is located at your fingertips, meaning you never need to dig the radio out of your pack to change settings.
Comes with long-lasting rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
BC Link two way radios operate on 22 FRS GMRS channels + 121 sub-channels ensures minimal interference. NOTE: Not approved for use in Japan.SPECIFICATIONS
Weight 12 oz. / 340 g
Smart Mic Dimensions: 8.0 x 4.0 x 4.5 (cm)
Base Unit Dimensions: 6.0 x 5.0 x 15.0 (cm)
Frequency: 22 FRS GMRS channels + 121 sub-channels ensures minimal interference
Base Unit: Rechargeable lithium ion battery Optional channel preset selections Compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios Waterproof to IP56 standards 110-Volt charger adapter connects to mini USB port on base unit
Highlights: Integrates into all new Stash and Float packs. Radio includes option for pre-set channel selections. Glove-friendly controls, optimized for easy handling. Smart Mic Unit provides push-to-talk button, on/off switch, volume control, battery indicator, loudspeaker, channel selection, and an earphone jack
Warranty: 3 year
Battery: rechargeable 3.7-Volt lithium-ion battery
Battery Life: Battery life: up to 4 days in extreme coldWhy Radio Communication in the Backcountry is Key
Group dynamics in the backcountry are innately complex. Take away the ability to communicate easily and those dynamics quickly become a liability. Radios are terrific resource in the backcountry for so many reasons. Communication with your group in the backcountry is easily as important as your avalanche beacon or airbag backpack.
Radios in the backcountry make communication simple, clean, and easy which leads to people feeling more relaxed and having more fun. There is nothing as anxious as a lack of knowledge in the backcountry.
Last winter, I was in a situation without radios when wed skied a big line through treed terrain and a member of our group did not come out to the meeting point at the bottom. We waited, fretted, and eventually climbed back up in desperation to find our friend. After nearly an hour of searching, tracking, and yelling we found nothing. Eventually we skied back to the meeting spot at the bottom and found him. Hed just lost a ski and had had to hike and dig for it. Had we had radios, it would have been as simple as pushing a button and letting us know he was wallowing around in deep snow looking for a ski.
That was a turning point for our crew. BC Link radios were acquired shortly after that incident and theyve proven invaluable since. Im truly more relaxed in the backcountry, and I love the way were able to share avalanche information when we split up or occupy different aspects or elevations.
I now feel more confident that if we do suffer an injury in the backcountry, well have an in finitely more organized approach to instigating the rescue of the injured person.
Situations When a Radio is Key in the Backcountry:
1. While someone is skiing/riding you can call them on the radio and guide them away from avalanche prone terrain, cliffs, no fall zones, close outs, bad snow, ice, and more objective dangers.
2. Basic communication while separated, especially when windy or stormy conditions exist.
3. When you are unable to visually locate a member of your group.
4. Organizing your group for efficient rescue of an injured person.
5. Reporting injuries.
6. Reporting snow and avalanche conditions.
8. Photo shooting or video shooting athlete/photographer coordination.
9. Weather forecasts (if in range of a weather report transmitter).
Youll also want a radio just to brag to your buddies about turns like this. Photo: Casey Cane/SnowBrains
If you spend time in the backcountry I cant stress enough how important having radios can be to your team. If someone does get injured and youre unable to locate them visually a bad situation can become much worse very quickly.