When Garmin bought Tri-tronics last summer, we knew an all-in-one GPS / Ecollar system was coming.
Introducing the Garmin ALPHA: A GPS tracking collar by Garmin with an E-Collar from Tri-Tronics.
Track and train from a single screen. One handheld. One collar.
The Garmin ALPHA improves upon the GPS features of the best-selling Garmin Astro and combines them with the functionality of the best Tri-tronics dog training collars.
GPS Improvements include faster update rates, touch screen, longer battery life, rescue mode, "buddy" tracking, tracking up to 20 dogs, and my personal favorite - the direction option in the Compass screen.
E-collar improvements give you the full functionality of a $500 Pro-500 for only $250 more than the price of the Astro alone. You can also recreate your favorite Tri-tronics e-collar, or build a custom set-up with the perfect stimulation types and settings for each one of your dogs.
And there's a touch screen. Instead of using toggle switches to change dogs, and intensity dials to select stimulation levels, the touchscreen interface lets you customize your ALPHA collar as much or as little as you want.
All-in-one, combination products tend to be the worst of both worlds. Seldom does combining two products into one lead to a piece of gear that's as good as either of the originals.
Fortunately, the Garmin ALPHA is more than just a GPS and an e-collar stuck together.
A lot of work went into designing the ALPHA resulting in an elegant system with very intuitive controls. The folks at Garmin were very responsive to our feedback in what we wanted in a COMBO system.
The end result? Not only will consolidating GPS + dog training collars into a single system save time, space, and money -- the ALPHA will make hunting and running your dogs a lot more fun.
I hope you enjoy this review. Please drop me a line with any questions or comments. -- Steve
P.S. PLEASE NOTE: The ALPHA is NOT compatible any other Garmin Astro or Tri-tronics collars.
We wouldn't have the faster 2.5 second update rate AND we wouldn't have the 20-dog expandability if the ALPHA was backwards compatible with any other systems.
This is the Garmin Alpha. The Garmin Alpha is a GPS e-collar combo system. Garmin took all the Tri-Tronics technology and incorporated it into their dog tracking systems. So now we have one system that can allow you to track your dog and use it as your remote trainer.
Pretty sophisticated compared to anything we've seen before. From a GPS standpoint it is everything that the Astro is plus a little bit more. It comes with a 100K topo map built into it. It comes with a faster update rate. The 320 is a neat system, but it doesn't quite stand up to the changes that they've made with the Alpha.
A big difference in the Alpha is that it is a touchscreen. So, very few remote controls. You have an on/off switch and then you have stim buttons for your e-collar. But the rest of the thing is touchscreen. So you just go through and pick the screens that you want. You can jump back between your map and your compass really fast.
What's nice about the touchscreen on Garmin units is that they are glove friendly. Pretty much any set of gloves that I've been using we've been able to use the touchscreen without a problem.
Same basic concept as far as operation. You have your collar. Picks up the signal from the satellites. And then it sends that signal back to the handheld. Now, the difference with the Alpha is because it is an e-collar you are also going to be sending signals from the handheld to the collar. So that allows some long-range communication between the two that we have not had before. You can make changes to the setup of the system while the dog is wearing the collar at a distance. That can come in real handy if you have to change identity codes. You can also change update rates.
The e-collar on the Garmin Alpha is ad as advanced as anything Tri-Tronics has ever made. It's got up to 18 stim levels. It has continuous and momentary, plus it has tone. You can allow it to train up to 20 dogs from one handheld. It's got the light feature similar to the tracer lights. You can control it from the handheld and turn your lights on and off. You can make the flash or make them glow solid. It has short and long contact points.
The e-collar on the Garmin Alpha is very sophisticated in that you can set different levels for different dogs. You can have different stimulation types for different dogs. You can have some dogs on momentary, some dogs on continuous. You can also change it on the fly. So if you need all sorts of types of stimulation for your dog, you can raise and lower the level, you can change it at the transmitter as needed.
Three buttons across the top are what control the stimulation. You can either have it where it's one button per dog, so you can have three different buttons on the handheld and then you can scroll over to your next three if you are running six, nine, 12 dogs. You can move back and forth. If you are only running one dog then you can take each button and customize it for that particularly dog. You want to have a low level on one button, and then a medium level on the middle button, and then a higher level on your right button? Real simple to do. You can set it up to fit however you train your dog.
This is the Alpha TT-10. It is a combination of several concepts that Garmin has developed over the years with the DC-20, DC-30, and DC-40 collars. Anyone that's had a DC-30 will notice that they've gone back to a top-mounted GPS receiver. We found that that works really well.
The collar strap is not part of the unit in that it's more along the lines of a traditional Tri-Tronics design. It threads through the loops on the collar. And then we have a piece here that connects the GPS antenna. Collar slides through that. We've got 10 different colors so that you can identify collars differently. We change them out for you. It's really simple to move from collar to collar.
You've got removable contact points. It comes with the regulars installed. We also have the long contact points.
These are your light features across the front here. So when you are using your tracer light that's where the light comes off of.
Very tough design. My favorite thing that they changed is the antenna. They went to a cable style antenna and these things are incredibly tough. We're a good six or eight months in now. I have yet to have one break. They are just really tough. A little bit longer, too, than what we've had before. We're getting some more range out of it.
With the Garmin Alpha you have several different update rate choices. The update rate is the time in between radio signals that are sent from the collar to your handheld. A faster update rate will give you more information as to where your dog is and what he's doing, but it will also burn your battery up a little bit faster.
I run my Alpha on a 2 1/2 second update rate, and typically I see about 24 hours of runtime. You also have the option of a five second, a 10 second, a 30 second, and a two minute update. What those updates they will do is they will lengthen the battery life of the collar but they will give you less information.
I find most people prefer to have more information and charge their collar on a more regular basis. Every time I run my collar, the night I am through I charge it up to get a full charge for the next day.
"Spend the money and only cry once. You won't be disappointed."
Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. I must admit I was leery about dropping such big money on Garmin's first soiree into the dual-purpose, tracking/e-collar market, but I couldn't be happier. Rarely does a company get something so right on the very first try. I am a very critical consumer, and always imagining how the products I frequently use could have been designed better or useful features that could be added to the next generation.
Here, I think Garmin hit an absolute homerun right out of the gate. There is hardly anything that I can think of that can be improved upon with this device. The only foreseeable feature I can see being added is for those techno-geeks like myself who might appreciate some kind of integration with those "Google Glasses" that would remove the need to take your eyes of the field to glance down at the gps screen--think walking through a field with visual cues like terminator or Robocop.
The user interface on the Alpha is as well thought out and user friendly as Apple's iphone, and it packs just about any feature you can imagine. The buttons for the e-collar are completely customizable, and can be switched from one dog to the next as quickly as you can with the toggle switch on the standard TT 500 e-collar.
Being as "picky" as I can, there are only two areas where I could see any conceivable improvement:
1) There is about a 10 delay to get the transmitter/handset powered on and functioning. So you may miss an opportunity for correcting the dogs behavior if it's not already turned on (e.g., a "zap" for trying to dig under the fence in the back yard);
2) The gps antenna on the dog collar could be more integrated into the collar so that it doesn't flail about as is common for most such collars.
Spend the money and only cry once. You won't be disappointed.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3391 Reviewed: 2013-06-23 Featured Review
"The Alpha is INCREDIBLE! The ability to create a geo fence around our training grounds has kept us out of the Vets office from barb wire cuts."
WHPG. Hunts. We have a young 8 month Wire Hair Pointing Griffon with explosive speed. The alpha is INCREDIBLE! The ability to create a geo fence around our training grounds has kept us out of the Vets office from barb wire cuts. Being able to see your dog on the screen when you cant see them in big cover is priceless!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3226 Reviewed: 2012-11-20 Featured Review
"My review of the Garmin dog collar is 12/10 stars. Highly recommend with anyone with dogs who go to the dog park. Live on a farm. Or bring their dogs anywhere."
Family pet. My review of the Garmin dog collar is 12/10 stars
I don't use it for hunting. I use it for my dogs on the farm, when I bring them to the cottage, and when I bring them home and go to the dog park. It keeps them safe and quiet.
I work out of town and stay on a farm in my RV. I had my St. Bernard go missing for 2 days from the farm, so I needed something to track him. This was the answer. My normal day is
4am Wake Up/ Collar dogs up and let them out. (I put on the collar light) (geo fence is setup with 80 acres to roam) 4:45am I "beep" all 3 dogs to come back to the mud room. And within a minute they are all sitting down ready for me to leave and lockup. 2:00pm I get home and let them out 9:00pm "beep" all 3 dogs - they return home and we go to bed
The collars work perfect. They let me know if they leave the farm. The dogs have learned where they can go. It always gives me the piece of mind knowing where they are. The old collars you would beep them and not know for sure if they were headed back. Now you know! And the majority of the time they are only 50m to 150m away at all times.
Highly recommend with anyone with dogs who go to the dog park. Live on a farm. Or bring their dogs anywhere
They are unreal
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4208 Reviewed: 2013-10-22 Featured Review
"Worth every penny! Find more useful functions every time we use it."
Hunts. Family pet. We could not hunt our dog w/o the Garmin Alpha 100. He ranges so far and so quickly, that without it we would be totally in the dark where we hunt (pine trees & others + heavy waist & chest high underbrush). It's not perfect, but neither are the automobile GPS's either. A word of warning: since the Alpha is not discounted ($$), buy from a reputable dealer, eg, GDS. Not only did I get software help from GDS, they were the only ones giving factual advice (v. Garmin tech rep's).
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7204 Reviewed: 2014-01-09 Featured Review
"We especially like being able to track our young dog as we take her on training walks on the farm or a near by wildlife area."
Hunts. Family pet. This was a joint Christmas gift for my wife and myself. We both love the Garmin Alpha COMBO. We especially like being able to track our young dog as we take her on training walks on the farm or a near by wildlife area. My son has one of these systems as well, and we look forward to trying out the additional features of tracking both dogs and hunter. Thanks for the quick service.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6936 Reviewed: 2014-01-01 Featured Review
"I upgraded from it's predecessor, Astro, and I am extremely happy with my choice. The interface is so much more logical and much easier than the Astro."
Hunts. Absolutely love this system. I upgraded from it's predecessor, Astro, and I am extremely happy with my choice. The interface is so much more logical and much easier than the Astro. I was nervous about making the change, but a hunting buddy did, and that forced me to do it as well, because it is not downward compatible. I love everything about it, but do wish the contacts would show on the compass as a separate arrow with the dogs. It is still not much trouble to switch to the map screen to check orientation of the other hunters and dogs prior to flushing birds and shooting in heavy cover. If you need a tracker BUY THIS ONE! Even if you don't plan to use the training system. It is that much better!!!!!!!!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6825 Reviewed: 2013-12-29 Featured Review
"I love this collar. The tracking portion is far and away better than the Astro 320 I am replacing. The touchscreen interface is so easy to use..."
Hunts. I love this collar. The tracking portion is far and away better than the astro 320 I am replacing. The touchscreen interface is so easy to use, you only need the manual to familiarize yourself with the operation initially, and you are good to go. I was a little disappointed that the older collars are not compatible, but after using it, the new collars and the ease of use makes up for the added expense and then some. Also the joining of the Tri Tronics with the garmin lightens the load on my small and old dog, which is a definite plus over the 2 collars I was using. Bite the bullet and make the switch I guarantee you will be thrilled!!!!!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6544 Reviewed: 2013-12-19 Featured Review
"Best money I have ever spent on hunting equipment."
Family pet. We have only had this for about a week, but enjoy it already. There is a whole lot more that this does than even dog tracking, as it appears to be a "Full up" GPS systems also. Lots of toys and gadgets to still explore & find in the menus. To us, one of the biggest features besides tracking is the ability to turn on the collar light from the remote, to locate her even if we get caught in the dark by mistake. Can't wait to learn / try some of the other navigation features also, such as tracking your vehicle, and return to vehicle navigation, just in case you lose your bearings.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 9167 Reviewed: 2014-03-17
"1,000 times better than a regular shocking collar, and a great price for the combo."
Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. I love the Alpha. Pretty easy to use. The guide could be better written to help you in setting up the options that it has. I am still learning as I use it. I got to say, I can't wait to use it when I take my dog to a place I have never been before. I will also be purchasing another collar for for the Alpha when I hunt with my son. It will be cool to track two dogs. There has been more than a few times that the dogs go on point in thick cover, and we have a tough time locating the dogs. This will for sure help finding them when this happens.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8701 Reviewed: 2014-03-02
"There is a lot of value in knowing where your dog is at any point in time."
Family pet. Easy to navigate the menus. Does what it's intended to do. Really puts me at ease knowing where my dog is at any moment. Makes it worth every penny. However, I live on the top of a hill, and it's only good for 1 mile, not 9. Could not imagine if I was in the valley!!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10668 Reviewed: 2014-05-08
"Awesome!! Works very good and is pretty easy to use once you spend time with it."
Have a Drahthaar, 8 months, collar works well for reinforcing those commands he readily knows. Tracking is phenomenal with the collar. He returns on double whistle 99% of the time, and with collar back up, he just needs a small bit of reminding for incentive to turn and come back.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10302 Reviewed: 2014-04-29
Hunts. Family pet. I am very happy with this unit. Although, the first collar had a problem with the battery light not turning green upon full charge. Thanks to the guys at GDS, one phone call and a replacement with return label was shipped the same day! I am glad that I bought the Alpha, and would highly recommend buying it from these guys! Steve and his guys really know their business and products.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13984 Reviewed: 2014-09-23
Owns 7 dogs. Hunts. I like it a lot. I can't wait to get another collar. They work out really nice at the hunting preserve I work at, and when I go out with my kids . It's nice to know where your dogs are at all times .They always make it up the hill faster than me. I absolutely love it
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3849 Reviewed: 2013-10-18
"Ran some blood tracking exercises with it, and I think it's gonna be an awesome tool"
GSH. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Fantastic. Worth every expensive penny. Takes all the worry out of the occasional far ranging run or point out of sight or bell sound. Anyone who works a pointer in cover knows exactly what I mean. No more yelling! More enjoyable experience for both of us (Lucy and I).
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4413 Reviewed: 2013-10-26
The collar is to big for small beagles. I had to put another collar on the unit to make it fit properly. It could use a clock built in. Other than these two things it is perfect. Couldn't ask for more!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5010 Reviewed: 2013-11-04
Labs. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. This is a follow up review I am posting after having used the device during hunting season. Overall, I am still very pleased; however, I have discovered a couple of issues, as well as some additional features worth noting.
First, I have a 2-dog set up and the collar that was not paired with the receiver by the factory often fails to connect when powering on. Once the collar is paired manually it maintains the connection, but having to re-pair the collar when you're in a hurry can be a hassle.
Second, as mentioned in other posts, the receiver is cumbersome to handle and use in the field. As far as the holsters, belt clips, lanyards, etc. I've tried most, and the best available to purchase is the holster from coyote leather. Although, I fashioned one that strapped to the underside of my forearm, which is about the only place you can keep it where it is out of the way and still have the screen within eye-shot. It would be great if a manufacturer took the initiative to make such an accessory that would no doubt be better quality than my home brew.
Finally, in addition to all the great features the device offers, there is one I have discovered since my first review that is worth noting--the geofence.
The geofence allows you trace lines on the map screen, and when your dog(s) wonder across those lines, the receiver will notify you with a tone, vibration, or both.
I've trained my dogs to "come" at the sound of the collar tone, and this coupled with the geofence feature is very convenient when you want to let your dogs wonder around the campsite unsupervised. When you see the dogs have wondered too far, you can simply push a button and bring them back in.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5868 Reviewed: 2013-11-27
"I would buy this collar again without another thought."
Vizsla. Hunts. Family pet. Overall, this is a very nice system, and a great early attempt at integrating a GPS and E-collar system together.
The package: Comes with a variety of ways to charge the handheld and collar together (car, wall). Light on the collar tells you when it is fully charged. You get a percentage on the handheld.
The handheld: Good design, durable, has 2 antennae for short/medium and medium/long range. Quick buttons are easy to find when not looking at the device, even with gloves on. Comes with a belt clip that I have clipped to the shoulder of my hunting vest and clicks in and out of it easily.
The software: I really like the availability of multiple refresh rates on the collar (from every 2.5 seconds to every 2 minutes), so you can save battery life on the collar relatively easily. I only have one dog that I am training/working, so the fact that it is virtually infinitely expandable is cool, but not very useful for me. You can even add additional handhelds and track other hunters, too. :-)
It has a LOT of things that you can track, which makes the software a bit cumbersome and over-complicated for my relatively simple situation. Can use the e-collar in traditional or linear modes, which makes transitioning from a different e-collar to the ALPHA very easy and virtually seamless. My biggest beef with the software is that you can't (or I haven't found a way to) track the battery life remaining in the collar (I'm kind of OCD about that). It will change the refresh time automatically when you reach 25% life, but other than that, you're in the dark.
The collar: Well designed and fits well on my Vizsla. Two different lengths of contact points for the e-collar for the longer-coated dogs. The antenna for the collar is thin and flops around a lot, so it bothered my dog initially - I cured this by sticking the end of the antenna through one of the holes in the collar so it doesn't move around as much. My only beef is that the beep function on the collar is quiet compared to other traditional e-collars.
Overall, I really like it. It's a great first foray into the combo GPS/e-collar world. But, just like anything else, on the first try, it's going to have a few flaws. And the ones I have found are MINOR! I would buy this collar again without another thought.
Thanks for your review - There is a battery charge indicator bar on the Dog info screen. You can get there easily from the compass screen by pressing the dogs name. This shows a 4 bar battery meter. I would prefer it be a percentage like the handheld, but it is enough to know what you have left.
I recommend that you fully charge the collar battery after each use so you have a full charge the next time out.
Please let me know if you have any questions. We do appreciate your business.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3937 Reviewed: 2013-10-19
German Short Haired Pointer. Family pet. This unit works quite well. My only issue with the unit is that it turns off periodically and it seems at the most inopportune time. I don't know if the collar power switch is coming in contact with the dogs normal collar or the power switch gets depressed while the dog is running somehow.
The unit does perform well. Tracking the dog's distance and speed and is quite accurate. The built in training collar was well worth the additional money.
Overall, a great unit that I would, and do, recommend to other sporting / hunting breed dog owners.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6107 Reviewed: 2013-12-03
Hunts. Too much stuff on it for one dog. I just want two functions, one to locate her and one to administer a correction. Also, the tone does not vary in intensity, no matter what setting I put it on. And even with the collar as tight as I can make it using long probes, the M setting has to be on 10 or higher for her to even feel it. Also on my forearm to feel it. And yes the battery is fully charged. Thanks.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 14172 Reviewed: 2014-10-01
Braque Francais. Hunts. This training and location collar is great when it works. The problem is that the collar keeps shutting off (my dog is VERY energetic) and the compass keeps pointing away from North, so it also points away from the dog. The compass problem may be related to not holding the unit perfectly level, but it shouldn't suddenly point 90 or 180 degrees away from North.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3179 Reviewed: 2012-09-25
"It is hard to hunt when you have to look at a screen to find your dog."
GSP. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. I have had a two dog set up now for a month and a half. I hunt. It is hard to hunt when you have to look at a screen to find your dog, switch between dogs or correct the correct dog - all while carrying a shotgun. The instructions are nonexistent and I have looked everywhere. If your going to make the system this complicated to use, at least provide decent instructions. This system could be so much easier to use had Garmin tried user friendly over glitz. A larger screen and an ability to toggle between dogs without loosing the map feature would be good starting points. I would trade this glitz for a good beeper trainer in a heart beat. Very disappointed.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5706 Reviewed: 2013-11-24
Video of Garmin Alpha 100 + TT10 COMBO (1-dog GPS System)
Read more about Garmin ALPHA + TT10 Combo
Enjoy more relaxing and productive hunts.
Track and train your dog on the same screen from a single handheld unit.
One handheld + one collar = less clutter and things to charge.
Track your friends' handhelds.
Know when your dog is out of gun range.
Know when your dog is running too big BEFORE your dog gets too far out.
Know BEFORE your dog leaves the property OR gets too close to a highway.
Know when your dog is on point (Pointing Alerts)
Know when your dog has treed. (Treeing Alerts)
E-Collars: What's in the Garmin ALPHA?
You get a '$500 ecollar' for only $250 more than the Astro
Reinforce known commands. Stop problem behaviors / break trash.
Train ANY dog from the most stubborn to the most sensitive.
Rechargeable batteries that have a long run time and charge quickly
3-buttons instantly selectable at the transmitter
18 levels of continuous/momentary STIM
Expandable to 20 dogs.
A touch screen replaces multi-dog toggle switches and intensity dials --
Customizable -- set multiple specific stim types and levels for each dog
Access custom settings immediately, easier and faster than manual controls
GPS: Garmin 4th generation collars are even better
See where your dog is, what he's doing, what direction he's moving in...
COMPASS Screen shows you dogs, direction, distance, speed
MAP Screen shows your dogs with a trail on the TOPO MAP
Track up to 20 dogs/other ALPHA Handhelds
Free, pre-loaded TOPO Map. Not just major roads and waterways, but smaller roads, creeks, and streams, too. ($100 value)
RESCUE MODE and Longer Battery Life means No More Lost Dogs
2.5 Second Update Rate means: you'll know twice as fast when your dog is in birds or treed.
Not available to Canadian addresses. This product is approved for use in the US only. Collar to handheld radio communication may be disabled in Europe and other prohibited areas.
Owner's Manual Download Alpha 100 & TT 10 Owner's Manual, downloadable in .pdf format. Click here
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Garmin ALPHA + TT10 Combo Transmitter (Remote)
Contains top-notch features such as a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, long battery life, a bright sunlight readable color display and a rugged IPX7 waterproof exterior.
Touch-screen that's easy to use and works while wearing gloves
Bright orange tough handheld. Feels good in your hand.
Fully rubberized outer coating with an over molding
Improved lanyard attachment
Battery cap w/ Garmin "backbone" design
Includes additional 13" Long Range Flex Antenna - Double the range of the standard antenna
ALPHA Handheld GPS Features
The Garmin ALPHA now has 4 Gigabytes internal memory (3.5GB are used by TOPO maps) as well as a micro SD card slot so you can add additional pre-programmed data cards with detailed maps.
Dog Set Up Menu / Universal dog settings including Update Rates and Dog types
Dog Alerts: Tone-only, Vibration-only or Tone and Vibration
GeoFence & Radius Alerts
Dog Trails: Choose from three views: Complete History, Partial History, or no Trail History
Map Screen option: Show / Hide Dog Status, Distance, Names, and Offscreen Dogs
Zoom to MAP DOGS - automatically have all dogs appear on our map screen -- no matter how far they are from you
Power Button control screen - including button lock feature
Wireless sharing of Dog info to other ALPHA handheld units
Bird's Eye View Satellite Imagery (Subscription Ready -- not included) - import satellite imagery or your own custom maps
Additional GPS Features
High Speed USB mini-B connector for data updates with a PC or Apple Macintosh
Rugged IPX7 waterproof standards
Quad helix GPS antenna
Removeable VHF antenna
Micro SD card slot available for preprogrammed MapSource mapping detail such as US TOPO, Inland Lakes, BlueChart and City Navigator
Stores 1000 waypoints, 50 routes and 10,000 track points
Area calculation feature
ALPHA Handheld Dimensions
Weight 0.55 lb.
Height 9.5-inches (standard antenna)
Height:~18-inches (long-range antenna)
Remote Training Collar Features
E-collar Improvements -- give you the full functionality of a $500 Pro-500 for only $250 more than the price of the Astro alone.
You can also recreate your favorite Tri-tronics e-collar, or build a custom set-up with the perfect stimulation types and settings for each one of your dogs.
The Garmin ALPHA system works really well as BOTH a training collar AND a hunting collar.
Train and track from one screen
Train up to 20 dogs per handheld
3 physical buttons
STIM levels, STIM type, Dog Selector
Adjust STIM from any screen
18 Levels of STIM
18 levels of Continuous STIM
18 levels of Momentary STIM
Stimulation Levels and Tone
ALPHA has the consistent stimulation levels that Tri-Tronics has used for years.
Garmin has given us two different ways to select/label stimulation levels.
TRADITIONAL STIM -- The first is called "Traditional" and matches the 6 levels Tri-Tronics now uses with each level having a low, medium and high for a total of 18 levels. This will allow folks to exactly match the stimulation setups of any of the Tri-Tronics collars.
LINEAR STIM -- If you prefer a slightly faster way to raise and lower levels with the ALPHA, then I recommend the "Linear" stimulation setup. It gives you 18 levels that exactly matches the low, medium and high levels that TT uses in its Pro series collars.
AUDIO TONE -- We also have the exact same tone so if you dog has been trained with it, there shouldn't be any issues. We are also pleased that the ALPHA tone is a good bit louder than we have seen from TT collars lately.
Garmin ALPHA + TT10 Combo Collar
Waterproof (IPX7) TT-10 Collar is an improved designed based on the popular DC-30 and DC-40 collars.
Takes all the abuse a hunting dog can give it in the rough terrain where you hunt.
Top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS receiver
Remote Activated LED light beacons
Better SAFETY at night near roads
USB port on collar
Easy software updates
Export additional GPS dog data
User replaceable collar strap. Different colors for different dogs.
Fits neck sizes between 13-inches and 22-inches
K-9 metal collar buckle with metal keeper
ALPHA Collar Dimensions
Weight 10.5 oz with collar strap and antenna
Height: 1.75 inches
1-inch wide collar strap
Garmin ALPHA + TT10 Combo Comes With:
Alpha 100 Handheld
Rechargeable li-ion Battery Pack
Extended range antenna
TT 10 dog device with orange collar strap
Short and long contact point set with wrench
Vehicle power cable
Split adapter cable
Quick Reference Guide
1 year warranty from Garmin
Garmin ALPHA + TT10 Combo Batteries
Rechargeable and user replaceable Li-ion Battery
24 to 48 hour run time depending on update rate
Collar Battery Runtime:
~24 hours with 2.5 second update rate
~34 hours with 5 second update rate
~38.5 hours with 10 second update rate
~42.5 hours with 30 second update rate
~48 hours with 120 second update rate
Comes with a snap-on charging cradle w/ dual lead charger
Charge a collar and handheld at the same time.
RED light = collar is charging.
GREEN light = when fully charged.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES OF THE Garmin ALPHA
Download detailed GPS dog trail info
See the ground that you and your dog actually cover in a day's hunt on a map. Use the Waypoints and Tracks and the Dog Tracks feature from the ALPHA Handheld you can download your days hunt into your PC using either MapSource or Motionbased.com to see your hunt on a topo map or Google Earth.
Use the Covey Counter to keep up with birds
Mark the exact location of your coveys using a special waypoint feature. Place your coveys on a map and mark the time of day, elevation, number of birds in the covey and number of birds taken.
Hunter-friendly Icons so you never get lost
Mark and identify your truck, hunting lodge, food plots, cover, ATVs and other outdoor-related features with waypoint icons designed for hunting,
While the Garmin ALPHA is designed for the hunting dog, many of our customers that don't hunt but enjoy spending time outdoors with their dogs and allowing them to run off leash will find the Astro incredibly useful.
The Garmin ALPHA is perfect when your dog is not by your side. Hiking, camping, horseback riding or bike riding, the Garmin ALPHA will allow your dogs more freedom but allow you to keep a close eye on them and help you locate them if they get lost. Since the Garmin ALPHA serves as a full-featured handheld GPS unit, it will keep you from getting lost, too.
Garmin ALPHA + TT10 Combo Range
The Garmin ALPHA transmitter and receiver have a "line of sight" range of up to 9 miles using the included long-range antenna.
The ALPHA communicates using a VHF radio signal between the Dog GPS collar and the Handheld GPS unit, so to get the full range out of a system there should be nothing between the transmitter and the receiver.
Realistically, this isn't going to happen in most of the places that we spend time with our dogs, so the actual usable range will be MUCH less than 9 miles depending on hunting conditions, including weather, terrain, and the presence of cover.
Garmin ALPHA GPS Maps
Includes free 100K TOPO map
Supports optional map data -- TOPO U.S. 24K, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, autorouting with City Navigator, and Garmin Custom Maps