Garmin has released its newest handheld tracking and training system for hunters and their gun dogs, the Alpha 300 series using Alpha TT 25 and T 20 collars. The Alpha 300 series features a 3.5” responsive touchscreen display and provides three times the battery life of previous models. InReach satellite technology is available on certain models.
The Alpha 300 series and Alpha TT 25 and T 20 collar series can be integrated with existing Garmin ecosystems, and customers can pair their Alpha 300 series handheld to existing Alpha collars or the new TT 25 or T 20 dog collars for a smooth tracking and training experience. The new universally sized collars fit large and small breeds, offer an up to nine-mile range, and can provide optimized battery life through Dynamic Tracking, as well as user-replaceable battery packs. The system will operate for 68 hours of continual use with a standard battery pack or up to 136 hours of continual use with a new extended battery pack.
No matter what breed of dog customers run or how they hunt, the new Alpha TT 25 and T 20 dog collars provide slim, rugged, universally sized collars designed to fit large and small breeds. While both thinner and lighter than full-size Garmin TT collars, the new Alpha TT 25 and T 20 collars still provide dog tracking capability of up to nine miles when used with a compatible Garmin handheld device.
Hunting Performance Focus
New features to improve the in-field hunting experience include unique features such as Dynamic Tracking, customizable multicolor LED beacon lights, and Channel View. Dynamic Tracking automatically detects when a dog is moving or stopped, and decreases GPS track point intervals to extend battery life. Thanks to the reduced transmission time of Dynamic Tracking, potential interference with nearby collars in crowded situations can be decreased. To keep visual contact with their dogs, users can choose from seven customizable multicolor LED beacon lights on the dog collar. LED collar lights can be remotely activated or changed from a user’s compatible handheld to help keep track of their dog in low light conditions and help warn drivers if a dog wanders near a road.
Users also can now easily change the GPS flex band using only a Phillips-head screwdriver. When hunting in large groups or in heavily populated areas, the Alpha 300 series can help reduce collar interference through the new “Channel View” feature. Channel View monitors the concentration of Garmin dog collars in an area so owners can avoid interfering with other Garmin dog collars in the same location.
Using inReach satellite technology, paired with the global Iridium satellite network, users can send and receive messages, navigate their route, track and share their hunt, and if necessary, trigger an emergency call to Garmin Response the 24/7 global response coordination center. Communicating with friends and family is simple by connecting wirelessly to the Garmin Messenger app on their compatible mobile devices. The new app can automatically switch between Wi-Fi® connectivity, cellular and satellite network links to provide seamless on-or-off grid connectivity, as well as support group message threading. For ease of communication with friends and family, users can connect wirelessly to the Garmin Messenger app on their compatible mobile devices. The new app can automatically switch between Wi-Fi® connectivity, cellular and satellite network links to provide seamless on-or-off grid connectivity.