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BC Link™ Two-Way Radio Black

Rated 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

$149.95

Safer touring through real-time communication.  Extra batteries sold separately.  NOTE: Only approved for use in North America.

 

 

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SKU: C1314RL10010 Category:

Description

Strong group communication is the key to any successful day of backcountry adventuring. Find separated friends, communicate plans, and share observations in real-time with the BC Link group communication system.

Glove-friendly controls, optimized for easy handling.  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. Smart Mic Unit provides push-to-talk button, on/off switch, volume control, battery indicator, loudspeaker, channel selection, and an earphone jack

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. Integrates into all Float avalanche airbag and Stash packs.

Charging the BC Link Radio battery

For operating informatoin, please download and read the BC Link Radio 1.0 Manual.  The lithium rechargeable BC Link battery is charged by USB connection. You can charge the battery on the BC Link when detached or attached to the base unit. The Smart Mic does not need to be attached to the base unit for charging allowing users to keep their Smart Mic routed in their pack and just remove the base unit or the battery itself for charging.  For those who might be spending an extended time in the backcountry without access to a charging sourceBCA sells BC Link radio batteries separately  so you can have an extra incase your battery power gets low and you do not have access to re-charge.

BC Link™ Backcountry Radios Manuals & Resources

BC Link™ Backcountry Radios Video

Additional information

SMART MIC DIMENSIONS

3.3 x 1.0 x 1.8 (in) 8.0 x 4.0 x 4.5 (cm)

BASE UNIT DIMENSIONS

2.5 x 2.0 x 6.0 (in) 6.0 x 5.0 x 15.0 (cm)

BASE UNIT FEATURES

Includes option for pre-set channel selections. Base unit can be clipped to belt or stashed inside backpack. Designed to be worn with all backpacks; optimized for BCA Stash packs. Waterproof to IP56 standards. 220-Volt charger adapter connects to mini USB port on base unit.

FREQUENCY

22 FRS GMRS channels + 121 sub-channels ensures minimal interference

BATTERY TYPE

Rechargeable 2200mAh lithium-ion battery

BATTERY LIFE

Average battery life: 80 hours normal use
Maximum battery life: up to 400 hours standby mode

USEABLE RANGE

Approx 6 mi / 9.5 km line of sight

MAXIMUM RANGE

Approx 32 mi / 51 km line of sight

WARRANTY

3 Year

COLOR

Black

7 reviews for BC Link™ Two-Way Radio Black

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Braden Poole

    I wanted to give the BCA Link radio five stars. Having the ability to communicate with your entire riding group at all times is a huge advantage that I didn’t know i was missing out on until we all purchased these radios. Before the BCA Link was available we would all carry a two-way radio of varying brands on our snowmobile. We would predetermine which channel the group would use and then just turn them off and leave them alone. When one of the group would get separated we would turn on the radios and hope they remembered to turn theirs on as well. Sometimes this worked, but most of the time is would be a stressful half-hour or more looking for your friend miles away from any groomed trails.

    Now fast forward to everyone wearing one of BCA Link radios and a missing rider in the group is as simple as slowing down to an idle and asking where they went. The radio is loud enough you can hear it while riding a noisy two-stroke snowmobile and powerful enough to reach far into the rough terrain of the rocky mountains. Instant communication to the rest of your riding group has become essential to fully enjoy the back-country, not only for finding lost friends, but also to let someone know of a new line or open area that you found without wasting time looking for everyone.

    Now for the things to be aware of.
    1. The mic can get filled with snow and impossible to hear what each other is saying. Only on the deepest days of powder is this an issue. They make a frog skin to fix the issue and the 2.0 comes out of the box with this already addressed.
    2. The channel selector knob may get bumped to a different channel and you might not notice it. The new BC Link 2.0 has recessed the knob so to alleviate this from happening and you losing communications with the rest of your party.
    3. I don’t know if this is a common problem or not but if i would rev my snowmobile to around 5400 rpm the mic would start picking up some type of signal and static would blare out of the hand mic. I swapped radios and the same thing happened. This could be a problem with the snowmobile and not the radio but it has me stumped, so I just keep it pinned at 8050 rpm and don’t worry about it.

    Would I buy this again? Yes and now that they have the 2.0’s available, even better!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dove Daniels – Alaska Avalanche Information Center

    These radios are a must if you are riding in the backcountry. They have easy access to the controls and are made durable enough for any sort of Winter sports. This BCA product is widely known as the number one way of communication in the riding industry for a reason!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donny O’Neill

    Each of us carried a BC Link radio in Great Basin National Park and they proved invaluable. The high winds on the approach to the summit made even basic communication in close proximity tough. And the meandering nature of the ski descent left us out of each others’ sight often and forced us to radio back directions and condition updates. I never head into the backcountry without my BC Link.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Santeford

    Great Communication = Better Safety

    Over the years I have used many radios for communication. The little handheld walkie talkies from Costco, Garmin and now the BackCountry Access BC Link. There are many reasons I prefer the Link over the previous radios I have used. First I really like the capability to tuck the radio unit into my pack and feed the cord to attach the mic to my backpack. This works really well enabling communication without taking your helmet off. You are also able to hear your buddies communicating with you while riding. I have also found the range to be much further than other radios I have used. It’s a durable radio as well. I highly recommend this radio to add to your essential items for the backcountry.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donny O’Neill, Freeskier Senior Editor

    Backcountry Access (BCA) released the BC Link Radio in 2014, and it’s grown tremendously in popularity since. Communication is one of, if not the, most important aspect of successful days in the backcountry and the BC Link Radio is a very effective tool in aiding group conversation.

    Your pack houses the base unit, while the microphone clips onto your shoulder strap (it’s compatible with all backcountry packs, but works particularly well with the BCA Stash Packs). The base unit utilizes a rechargeable lithium ion battery, is waterproof and compatible with all standard FRS/GMRS radios. The microphone unit features glove-friendly controls including a push-to-talk button, power switch, volume control and channel selection.

    On a recent overnight trip in the Colorado backcountry—specifically the Holy Cross Wilderness—I found the BC Link to be particularly useful. A spring storm was hovering above us as we traversed a mountainside in an attempt to find a route to our final objective. Visibility was low, but our team of four was able to communicate back and forth, relaying to each other information about whether certain routes into the East Cross Creek drainage were safe and skiable. Ultimately, we were forced to turn around on that trip, but the BC Links were vital in helping our team come to the safe conclusion to high-tail it home.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian Unger

    I own two of these myself for me and whoever I end up going out with for the day and they are awesome. They work really well and like you guys said super glove friendly.

  7. Steve Janes, Editor SnoWest

    It’s getting late. The sky is starting to darken and temperatures are dropping. It’s been a great day of riding … but now it’s time to get back to the trailhead. The only problem is your riding group is one person short.

    We’ve all had those rides where throughout the day you’re constantly stopping to regroup … and usually it’s the same riders who tend to wander off and need to be rounded up. But that’s what riding is about—finding fresh powder and advancing unique lines through the trees. And the roundup process either allows the group time to sit around and rest while the more energetic find their way back, or gives a few in the group an added opportunity to put on a few more miles as they retrace their tracks to find where the “lost sheep have strayed.”

    But there gets that time in the day when you know you’re running out of daylight and it would be nice to click a switch to talk to the missing rider. That’s where the BC Link radio system shines.

    We’ve tried multiple systems of communication in the past with usually the same results—too cumbersome and limited range. In fact, many systems we’ve tried in the past had such limited range in the mountains that we could actually hear the sled before it was in range to talk to the rider.

    Although the BC Link radios do have their limitations, we found that they could reach deep into canyons or even around a ridge or two. And best of all, they are lightweight (12 ounces), very convenient, affordable and easy to use.

    For less than $150 per unit, you get a lightweight radio base connected to a Smart Mic that allows you to keep the radio safe and secure in your backpack (being sheltered from the elements greatly increases battery life) while the Smart Mic can be clipped on your backpack strap high on your chest (making it easy to hear and use).

    The BC Link radio is compact in size; both base and mic, so it doesn’t take up much space or interfere with mobility. It is designed for the elements so snow and moisture does not interfere with the radio’s performance.

    BCA claims the radio range is 2.5 miles line-of-sight with a 140-hour battery life. We were able to communicate with ease at 2 miles line-of-sight across three drainages and nearly a mile from the bottom of one drainage over a ridge and down into another drainage.

    The BC Link radio features 22 GMRS/FRS channels (general mobile radio service and family radio service channels commonly used for individual two-way communications), plus an additional 121 sub-channels that can be easily programmed into the radio to ensure minimal interference.

    The radio can be used without removing gloves, requiring a push-to-talk button on the mic. You can also control your on/off and channels from your mic.

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