The new Garmin T5 tracking collar replaces the DC 50 and adds a few new features to help you keep up with your dog:
LED Beacon Lights for added visibility in low-light conditions
Like the Garmin ALPHA, the T5 now has beacon lights that help you see your dog while he is running at night. These lights also help other folks and oncoming traffic see your dog.
Please note that these lights must be turned on while the T5 collar is close to the handheld.
The Astro 320 can NOT turn the Astro T5 collar lights on at any distance away from the hand held.
Track Astro T5 and DC series collars PLUS the new ALPHA TT15 Collars
The New Astro T5 and Alpha TT 15 collars have the ability to be tracked by either the Astro 320 handheld or the Alpha 100 handheld.
Please note that these collars can NOT be tracked by Alpha and Astro handhelds at the same time.
T5 and TT15 collars are either in Astro mode (tracking only) or Alpha Mode (Track and Train for TT15, Tracking Only for T5).
This now lets Alpha users who need a system they can use in competitions legally run T5 tracking collars. Also, folks that buy the Astro 320 with T5 collars can continue to use the T5 collars in the future if they ever switch over to the Alpha handheld.
Orange Top Mounted GPS Receiver
To make it easy to tell which collar you are running (T5 vs. TT15), the T5 has an orange top mounted GPS receiver. The TT15, TT10 and the DC 50 all have black GPS receivers.
"I was working dogs on rolling hills and did not lose signal."
Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes. So far so good. Only a couple hunts with these collars, and they do not drop signal like the DC40-DC50 Collars(Which I sold to purchase these). Would recommend if you were unsatisfied with 40s or 50s while using astro 320.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 15821 Reviewed: 2014-11-21
"This is a Christmas gift for my husband. Can't wait till he opens gift."
The T-5 relays the dog's position to the handler's Astro 320 with location updates as often as every five seconds. You can track up to 10 dogs on a single system. Add additional T5s as needed.
The T5 is a GPS TRACKING collar only -- no remote dog training collar features. The T5 can be used alongside DC-20, DC-30, DC-40, and DC-50 tracking collars. The T5 is also compatible with the Alpha 100 (tracking only). The T5 is NOT compatible with the Astro 220 handheld.
The Astro/T5 Combo comes standard with an orange collar strap. Additional collars come from the factory with a blue strap. We give you the option of 10 different strap colors: Orange, Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, or Violet so you can easily keep up with different dogs!
AKC Competition Approved
The AKC Performance Events Department has approved the Garmin T5 collar for use in pointing breed field trials and hunting tests.
Astro T5 Collar Hardware Features:
Integrated Beacon Lights give your dog added visibility in low-light conditions.
Orange Top Mounted High-Sensitivity GPS/GLONASS Receiver
The T5 features an orange GPS/GLONASS receiver to make it easy to differentiate T5 collars from other models. The GPS/GLONASS receiver antenna is on top of the dog's neck like on the old DC-30 but without the horrible nylon collar strap. Get better, faster GPS tracking with increased sensitivity.
Quick-Charge Li-ion Batteries
The T5 collar features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives a 24-48 hour run time depending on selected update rate. Charge time is 4 hours. The built-in battery life indicator lets you know when you need to recharge your collar.
Collar Battery Run Time Chart:
25 hours with 5 second update rate
35 hours with 10 second update rate
40 hours with 30 second update rate
52 hours with 120 second update rate
It's really tricky to give exact run times on the Garmin Astro T5 because there are so many variables. Collar battery run time is most affected by update rate and whether or not you use the Beacon Lights.
One Piece Charging Cradle
The T5 has a charging clip just like the DC 40 and the TT 10, but unlike these two other collars, the clip is part of the cord and not a separate piece. One less thing to lose!
Collar VHF Antenna: Tough Braided-Steel
These whip antennas take all the abuse a hunting dog can give it in the rough terrain where you hunt. The T5 comes with a VHF antenna made from BRAIDED STEEL. This antenna is the same design used on the Alpha TT 10 and 15. We have really been pleased with these antennas, and they are very tough -- especially compared to the old designs on the DC 30 and DC 40.
Additional Long Range Collar Antenna
Also included in the T5 package is a 22 1/2" Long Range Collar antenna. This longer antenna provides additional range compared to the standard 18 1/2" antenna. The Long Range Collar Antenna is perfect for big running hounds.
Feed-through Collar Strap Design
The T5 collar strap is a feed through / collar belt loop style unit just like most e-collars on the market today. It does not require screws or a plate to attach the collar to the unit.
Coated Nylon "Glo" Collar Strap
Just like the DC 50, the T5 uses a 1-inch wide plastic coated "Glo" collar strap that is popular with most hunters and Field Trial dog owners. These straps hold up better than regular nylon or leather collars and come in 10 different colors so you can keep up with your different dogs. Choose an Orange, Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, or Violet collar strap. Fits neck sizes between 13-inches and 22-inches and features a solid K-9 metal collar buckle with metal keeper.
USB Port on Collar
Built-in USB Port allows easy software updates -- just plug your collar into your computer. Also can be used to export additional GPS dog data directly from your collar to your computer.
Astro T5 Collar Software Features:
Astro / Alpha Cross-Compatibility
The T5 is compatible with both the Astro 320 and Alpha 100 handhelds (tracking function only with Alpha). This now lets Alpha users who need a system they can use in competitions legally run T5 tracking collars. Also, folks that buy the Astro 320 with T5 collars can continue to use the T5 collars in the future if they ever switch over to the Alpha handheld.
When the battery on a tracking collar dies, finding a missing a dog gets a lot more difficult. When the collar battery drops to 25% life, RESCUE MODE changes the update rate to a 2-minute ping to extend battery life which gives you the maximum amount of hours to find a lost dog. Rescue mode is not the default setting. You have to turn it on under SETTINGS. I can't think of a good reason NOT to run your collar in rescue mode because there's no downside to using it.
Live Laptop Tracking with BaseStation: Track Your Dogs on a Bigger Screen
Using BaseStation, you can take your handheld while you're tracking dogs and plug it into your computer, letting you view your dogs on your laptop's screen. HOW TO: First download Garmin's Base Station Software. Then plug your handheld into your computer's USB port to see the Tracking screen on your computer. We've got guys that are working out of vehicles and they are tired of looking at a small screen all the time. They want to set up a computer in their vehicle and be able to view the tracking. You still use a handheld to track, but view your dogs on your laptop screen instead of a small handheld. Garmin says it'll track on the computer "real-time," but it's the same update rate that you have on your system -- 5, 10, 30, or 120 seconds between updates.
Astro T5 Collar Comes With:
22 1/2" steel braided antenna (installed on collar)
18 1/2" steel braided antenna
AC charging adapter
Car charging adapter
Charging/USB cable with integrated charging clip
Astro T5 Collar Dimensions:
Weight: 9.3 oz with collar strap and antenna
Height: 1.75 inches
Width: 3.5 inches
Depth: 1.85 inches
1" wide collar strap
Fits neck sizes between 13-inches and 22-inches
Astro T5 Collar Compatibility:
Compatible with Astro 320 and Alpha 100 handheld receivers (tracking function only with Alpha)
Can run on the same system with DC 20, DC 30, DC 40, and DC 50 collars
NOT compatible with Astro 220 Handheld
PLEASE NOTE: Garmin GPS units are waterproof in accordance with IEC 529 IPX7. IEC 529 is the European system of test specification standards for classifying the degrees of protection provided by the enclosures of electrical equipment. An IPX7 designation means the GPS case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.