Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon

Priced: $337.46 - $449.99 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 1 review.
Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon -

It's tough to beat the odds—if you spend a significant amount of time in avalanche terrain, the chances are pretty good you'll be involved in a slide, whether as a victim or a rescuer. There's a whole lot you can do to minimize your chances of being caught, and while an avalanche beacon won't prevent accidents, it will increase your chances of being found or finding a victim before it's too late. The Pieps DSP Pro is designed for skiers and snowboarders who spend serious time in relatively high-risk areas and need a beacon that's fast, accurate, and easy to use.

The Pro has a simple two-button interface that gives you only the options you need for fast and effective performance—send, search, scan, and flag. Just slide the side switch to toggle between transmitting and receiving and mark burials using the flag button. When you've flagged a signal, the three antennas automatically switch to the nearest unflagged signal for streamlined searching. The Pro has a 60m circular search range and a smart transmitter that, during a burial, automatically switches to the antenna with the clearest broadcasting range, minimizing dead spots and signal traps that can drastically reduce a beacon's effectiveness. It also ensures that its signal isn't overlapping with any other transmitting beacons, minimizing misleading signals and indirect search paths.

Designed to keep things simple and efficient, the Pro has a distance readout, a directional arrow, multiple-burial indicators, and a battery-life display, which provide all the necessary information without cluttering the screen. The Sport is also compatible with the Pieps iProbe to reduce search time even further, particularly in a multiple-burial scenario, and has a built-in inclinometer to help you assess slope angle. There are also available software updates to keep your beacon up-to-date, and it will work with older beacons regardless of the software installed.

Although beacons are pretty awesome, please remember that they are NOT a guarantee that you will survive an avalanche; get educated, learn to use your tools, travel with trusted partners, and be smart out there.


  • Smart transmitter adjusts signal to allow for the easiest solution in a multiple burial scenario
  • Digital Signal Processor to pick up beacons transmitting drifted signals
  • Compatible with TX600 mini-transmitter and iProbe for added search capabilities
  • Three antenna digital beacon with simple two-button interface
  • Frequency measurement for extended transceiver check
  • Direction, distance, and multiple-burial indicators
  • Circular range for extended, symmetrical search area
  • Continuous carrier mode for use with older, analog beacons
  • Mark and scan function for multiple burial scenarios
  • Direction and distance from initial detection
  • Integrated inclinometer for easy slope angle assessment
  • 60m circular range, 55m search strip
  • Three antennas, plus self-checking reference antenna
  • Updateable software via USB (sold separately)
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After the introduction to the market in 2003 the Pieps DSP quickly became the preferred beacon for backcountry skiers and rescue professionals. The Pieps DSP combines modern digital search technology with three antennas and a Digital Signal Processor to support the searcher in the most critical situations. Whether you are faced with single or multiple burial situations the Pieps DSP’s unique features make things easy and fast for the searcher. MULTIPLE BURIALS: The absolute highlight of the Pieps DSP is based on signal separation by the Digital Signal Processor. Multiple signals are clearly displayed to the searcher on the display. Once the first victim is located press the MARK button, the next closest victim is now displayed on the beacon. OUTSTANDING RANGE: Searching 50 meters in all orientations. True 50M search strip width. THREE ANTENNA SYSTEM: In 2003 Pieps introduced the first three antenna avalanche beacon on the market. Extremely accurate for locating victims no matter the position or depth of the buried victim. Three-dimensional searching eliminates the influence of inclined flux lines allowing exact pinpointing. SCAN BUTTON: Used for multiple burial situations. Scan the surrounding area to display how many and how distant each victim is from the searcher’s beacon. The Pieps DSP is the first beacon to show you how many victims are buried. MARK BUTTON: Once you locate the closest victim, use the mark button to isolate the signal and immediately begin searching for the next closest victim. Saves valuable time. SMART TRANSMITTER: Pieps is the first beacon on the market with Smart Transmitter. The DSP will transmit its signal in-between the signal of a nearby beacon. No more overlapping signals! iPROBE COMPATABLE: Your DSP is iProbe compatible. Using the iPROBE dramatically improves fine search speed. TX600 DOG AND EQUIPMENT TRANSMITTER: In 2011 Pieps introduced the first true dog beacon that will not interfere with searching and finding people. With software update 8.2 your DSP can now search and find the TX600 Dog and Equipment beacon. SOFTWARE UPDATE: Even if you purchased your DSP back in 2003 you can update it to the latest software without having to buy a new beacon. This also allows for diagnostic testing of the beacon with printable reports on all beacon functions. Software updates are available at authorized Pieps Service Centers.
Designed for ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers who regularly venture into serious terrain, the PIEPS DSP Pro Avalanche Beacon is packed with features. In addition to its massive 60-meter circular range and 55-meter search strip, the DSP Pro features an innovative smart transmitter that recognizes other buried devices and auto-adjusts its signal to aid in more accurate recovery. Throw in a self-check function for always-accurate antennas and Digital Signal Processing to account for wayward beacon signals, and the DSP Pro is as reliable as it is capable.
Three antennas, plus self-checking reference antenna.
Smart transmitter adjusts signal to allow for the easiest solution in a multiple burial scenario.
Circular range for extended, symmetrical search area.
Mark and scan function for multiple burial scenarios.
Digital Signal Processor to pick up beacons transmitting drifted signals.
Integrated inclinometer for easy slope angle assessment.
Continuous carrier mode for use with older, analog beacons.
Direction and distance from initial detection.
Compatible with TX600 mini-transmitter and iProbe for added search capabilities.
Frequency measurement for extended transceiver check.
Updatable firmware (sold separately)

The Pieps DSP PRO Avalanche Beacon is an amazing piece of equipment. It is absolutely loaded with features for a quicker, more precise search and rescue operation in the case of an avalanche. An industry leading 60 meter digital range, Intelligent Transmitter technology and an incredibly accurate 3 antenna search with multiple burial mark and scan capability, the DSP PRO is the beacon you want in the case of a slide.

Pieps DSP Pro Beacon is something you need to have when traversing the backcountry. All mountaineering professionals should be carrying one of these with them. DSP Pro Beacon has a circular range of 60m, 400 hour battery life, and an optimized MARK function in a multiple burial scenario. You will feel no fear with the DSP Pro strapped to you.

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Battery Life:400+ h in send-mode
Battery Type:AAA
Dimensions:115 x 74 x 27 mm
Display:Readable in all conditions
Earphone Socket:Stereo, 3.5 mm, 32 ohms
Features:Optimzed MARK Function for multiple burial scenarios, Integrated inclinometer
Frequency:457 kHz (EN 300718)
Maximum Range:60 m
Number of Antenna:3
Power Supply:3 Alkaline AAA batteries, IEC-LR03, 1.5V
Range:60 m
Search Strip Width:60 m
Software Upgradable:yes
Transmitter:Intelligent transmitter
Weight:200 g (including batteries)
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Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon Review:


We used multiple beacons at a clinic early this season and found this beacon to preform well. We did notice that the range on the Tracker 2 was about 10 yards further out. Lots of features and it is fairly easy to use.

Chabidiah at Backcountry.com on 01/09/2014