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BC Link™ Group Communications Two-Way Radio

5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

$149.95

Safer touring through real-time communication.  Integrates into all new Float avalanche airbag and Stash packsNOTE: Not approved for use in Japan.

 

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Description

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.

BC Link Radios Manuals & Resources

BC Link Radios Video

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Additional information

Weight

12 oz. / 340 g

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)

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 cold

4 reviews for BC Link™ Group Communications Two-Way Radio

  1. 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    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.

  4. 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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