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Garmin has gotten rid of the multiple parts of the DC 30 and combined everything into one durable smaller package.

The advantage here is no wires to connect the parts. This means it can now use standard collar straps. That is going to allow folks the option of using different color straps when they run multiple dogs. You will also have the option of combining your DC 40 with most of the Electronic Remote training collars on the market.

The Garmin Astro collar is made up of the GPS antenna, battery, electronic brains of the transmitter, and the radio whip antenna. In the DC 30, these parts were separate. The GPS antenna was on top of the dogs neck and required wires that connected it to the "brains" and battery of the RF transmitter.

The GPS antenna picks up the info from the satellites and determine your dogs location. It sends that info to the RF transmitter and the RF transmitter sends that info to your Astro handheld. Your Astro Hand held knows where you are and it takes the dogs location and plots it on your map.

With the DC 40, everything works the same, but the GPS antenna is now housed inside the "box" that also holds the RF transmitter and the battery. This makes it a slightly smaller package and gets rid of the wires.

Since the DC 40 is now a self-contained unit with a side mounted "whip" antenna, Garmin can attach it to a standard plastic coated nylon collar strap. The biggest complaint of the DC 30 was the durability of the non-coated nylon strap. They really didn't hold up to the abuse that we put them under in regular hunting and they fell apart in extreme field conditions that are pretty standard for beagle and hound owners.

The strap on the DC 40 will completely eliminate this issue. It will also allow you the option of changing the strap with any standard collar strap at a much more reasonable price.


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