Still Important Accessory -- Long Range Handheld Antenna
-- With the original Astro handheld we had limited range in certain situations. While this has not changed with the DC40 system, Garmin has added an option for folks that need longer range from the Astro. This Long Range Antenna is perfect for folks that need longer range for the big running bird dogs and hounds. (Last year during our testing of the original product, we rigged up a handheld version of the Car Top Magnetic Mount Antenna. While it worked pretty well, Garmin's design does a much better job.)
The Long Range Antenna features a 3 foot cord attached to a collapsible antenna with an attachment for you to carry it on your hunting vest or jacket. The beauty of this antenna is that when it is closed it still gets better range than the standard Astro antenna. When you need more range, all you do is expand the antenna out to a maximum of 3 feet and you will get better range in those heavy cover and rolling terrain situations. This is a feature that the hound market should really be happy with. Much like the old style telemetry tracking systems, this antenna will give you more options in the field.
In my tests of this antenna, I found that it drastically increased the range of the system, much like the Car Top Antenna
. We even found many situations where the Long Range Antenna out performed the Car Top Antenna. The Car Top Antenna and the Long Range Antenna are great additions for folks with big running dogs.
If you want to only get one, you really need to look at "how" you locate your dogs when they are lost. If it's more common for you to do it from a vehicle, then go with the Car Top. If you tend to find them on foot the Long Range antenna will fill your needs better.
PLEASE NOTE -- The Long Range Antenna and the Car Top Antennas are OPTIONS. They are NOT included with the Garmin ASTRO Combo and must be ordered separately.