Can just take a quick glance at the receiver screen and know exactly where they are and what they are doing. Emmy became caught in a coyote neck snare while running for sage grouse. Highly recommend these amazing collars especially on long runnier hounds.
I bought this collar for competition hunting, and I like it so far. I've been using Garmin Astro system for 10 years and have used everything from the DC10 through the new T5. Ten plus years into this and the latest iteration is clunkier than the first.
Would recommend if you were unsatisfied with 40s or 50s while using astro 320. The Garmin T5 is a HUGE improvement on the old collars.
Originally used transmitters, Garmin is so much better. I have not lost contact with any of the dogs at all in the time I switched over to these, even in heavy brush and hilly country and at a good distance away. Originally I bought them to replace one or two of the old Garmin collars, but after finding them so much better I replaced all my collars and chucked the old ones away.
The advanced avionics of the Garmin GNS 430 and the Garmin GNS 530 are an absolute dream to use.
After many years of using both the GNS 430 and 530, I found the course to be a good refresher.Steve, would you mind telling Garmin that their tracking device is great, but most hunters probably don't need all the battery eating functions.Producing a more compact bare-bones longer battery life model as an alternative to the bulky all-the-bells-and-whistles model might go over pretty 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).The navigation scenarios in this King course helped me to more fully utilize the 430W for IFR Training.I feel more confident now using the 430W and learned a few new tips on how to use the OBS feature. I have always resisted GPS navigators for our car even when offered for free, because I prided myself on my navigation skills on the HWY and Interstate systems.