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New Garmin 550+ #7255209
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Garmin has a new toy! 550+ e-collar setup with GPS tracking. Just watched the Gun Dog Supply video, is much easier than the Alpha version. 2 mile range for the e-collar.

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Wonder if you can use that remote with the Alpha collars? And also still have the Alpha in the truck to pair to this if needed. This remote would be a lot better for training IMO


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Price?


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Originally Posted By: DaleGribble
Wonder if you can use that remote with the Alpha collars? And also still have the Alpha in the truck to pair to this if needed. This remote would be a lot better for training IMO


Hereís the link to video. Itís compatible with the alpha and collars, assecories.

https://www.gundogsupply.com/garmin-pro-..._eid=320aaedbe6
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Price?

Re: New Garmin 550+ [Re: bill oxner] #7255338
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
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$650 for 1 dog setup Bill. Will do up to 3 dogs

Re: New Garmin 550+ [Re: 68rustbucket] #7255342
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Only reaches 2 miles max? I bet it doesn't reach very far with any kind of trees. pretty happy with my Alpha & Fenix watch setup.


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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2 miles for e-collar, regular version of 550 is 1 mile range

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I watched the video and like the unit. I have a garmin alpha and you can just buy the hand held for 399 and it will work with the garmin tt15 collars that go with the alpha unit. My biggest complaint about the alpha handheld is it has too many features and its too easy to hit a button and it takes you off the screen you want. The video says you can have both units connected to the collar at the same time so you can use the map/gps part of the alpha handheld and the 550+ at the same time. I would like to walk around with the 550+ and leave the alpha in the side by side or truck when hunting.

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Simple Garmin Directional GPS Tracking:

Directional tracking at-a-glance
Built-in display with GPS and GLONASS functionality
2+ mile range
2.5 second update rate gives you greater dog tracking accuracy
Display size: 1.43" x 2.15" diag. 2.6"
Display resolution: 160 x 240 pixels


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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I agree with JTS. I think it would be handy to have the alpha in the ranger, and carry this. It would be easier to correct a dog with this unit than the alpha


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Looks like Garmin is trying to offer a product to compete with SportDog's new TEK 1.5 equipment. I expect many who can do without the bells and whistles are going to like it. But it is quite a bit more expensive than the TEK 1.5 which you can get for about $400.

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Getting such good service from my 430s and T5s that I'd hate to switch. But just having both on one collar is a plus.

PS I think part of the great service is the long range antenna I added.

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Iím still running 2 collars, Astro 220 and tritronics 70 or 200. May upgrade next season.

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I agree it would be good for training and I also like the fact that you can have this remote and the alpha remote connected to the same collars, but with only a 2 mile gps range (I just watched the video, he clearly says 2 miles for ecollar and GPS), I wouldn't want just the 550 remote. I bet it loses signal at 200 yds in thick cover. And also, I wouldn't want to connect my watch to this one because of short distance so while hunting I will have the Alpha no matter what, which means I would just be carrying two remotes for no reason. I try to train one dog at a time for the most part so I don't really have any issue using the Alpha for training. And I rarely use more than vibrate for a correction anyway. I do think it will be useful for a lot of people though and more than likely will end up with one myself.


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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So whatís the gps range of the alpha 100?

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9 miles with tt-15 collar. line of sight. and I believe the 220 was 7 miles


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Ok thanks! I just hope I donít have a dog get out that far.

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Anyone bought one of these yet?

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Anyone bought one of these yet?


I follow the Garmin Facebook page and so far everyone is liking them. Steve Snell posted that they are seeing it have as much range as the Alpha.


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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Anyone bought one of these yet?


I follow the Garmin Facebook page and so far everyone is liking them. Steve Snell posted that they are seeing it have as much range as the Alpha.


Iíve just about convinced myself I need one.

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Garmin way-overstates there units range. I have been using the alpha about 65 days a year and very often in rolling country will lose reciption at about 900 yards.

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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Anyone bought one of these yet?

I bought one--it is as advertised. Got it because I'm working a new pup this year and it was taking too long to scroll thru pages on the alpha.
I like it and will be using it a lot this season and saving the alpha for lost dogs, problems, backup, etc.

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The range of the Garmin Alpha 100 is 9 miles using the TT15 Dog Device and 4 Miles using the TT15 Mini. I do think training response between dogs is quicker than the Alpha 100 and if you can afford to add the Garmin Pro 550 Plus Handheld it is a great addition. The Pro 550 Plus System utilizes the same collars as the Alpha 100. Here is a link from Front Range Gun Dog to the Garmin Pro 550 Handheld. This transmitter that can easily be added to the Garmin Alpha 100 System: Garmin Pro 550 Handheld


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I just got mine in last weekend. I got home from setting up Quail camp in west Texas and got to play with it for a couple of hours before I had to jump on a plane to Des Moines. I think itís going to be a game changer for me. Iím still going to keep my mutts where I can see them but I feel like I wonít be hollering and whistling as much this year. Iíve never had GPS but all of my buddies do. I like my dogs to be seen but this will take the worry out of it. I have one freind that has a dog that we never see until he goes on point and I donít care for that. Heís a bird finding machine but I prefer to hunt Quail instead of dogs. Iíve never been a fan of, ďLet Ďem roll.Ē

I canít wait for this weekend!

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