Garmin(R) Introduces New and Improved Astro(R) GPS Dog Tracking Collar

Jun 26, 2008, 01:00 ET from Garmin Ltd.

    OLATHE, Kan., June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International
 Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:   GRMN), the global leader in satellite
 navigation, today announced the DC(TM) 30, a completely redesigned GPS dog
 tracking collar for use with the Astro GPS Dog Tracking System. The new
 collar is more rugged and its antennas are positioned differently for
 optimal tracking.
     "The new DC 30 collar is designed to stand up to the torturous abuse of
 hunting dogs. Whether it's hounds crashing through thick and swampy woods,
 or bird dogs bounding through dense CRP fields, the DC 30 is made to take
 the beating that working dogs dish out daily," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's
 vice president of worldwide sales. "And the new configuration also makes
 mounting the collar a cinch -- while improving reception."
     The DC 30 collar's main housing is weighted to sit below the dog's
 neck, while a small, low-profile GPS antenna is integrated into the collar
 strap and positioned on top of the dog's neck, providing a clear view of
 satellites with minimal rotation. The transmitter antenna originates from
 the lower housing, and has been redesigned for more flexibility and
 ruggedness. No counterbalance or harness is needed. The weight for the
 transmitter plus antenna is 4.1 ounces, and the entire DC 30 weighs just
 8.7 ounces.
     Used in conjunction with the Astro 220 receiver, the system pinpoints
 exactly where your dog is and what he's doing -- running, pointing, or
 treeing -- even in dense cover, up to seven miles away, depending on
     The Astro GPS Dog Tracking System requires very little configuration
 straight out of the box, and is extremely simple to use. Once the
 transmitter and receiver acquire a GPS signal, the receiver automatically
 lets users know the location of their dog. Unlike old radio telemetry
 collars, the Astro features a dog page that shows the precise direction and
 distance to a dog -- even indicating if it is running, on point, or treeing
 quarry -- and does it all without the annoyance of beeper collars. Unlike
 cellular tracking systems, there are no subscriptions or setup fees
 required to use the device.
     Astro can track up to ten dogs per receiver at once, and the collar
 gives location updates every five, 10, or 30 seconds (user selectable).
 Battery life is 17-36 hours (based on update rate) on the rechargeable DC
 30 collar and 24 hours on the Astro 220 receiver, which is powered by two
 AA batteries. Both the DC 30 collar and the Astro 220 receiver are
 completely waterproof.
     The Astro also has a map page to illustrate where a dog is and where it
 has been -- in relation to the hunter -- and allows hunters to determine if
 they have covered nearby ground. Garmin's unique Covey Counter(TM) lets
 hunters mark the precise location, time of day, and elevation where they
 encountered their quarry -- and users can easily note the number of birds
 flushed and how many were taken. The Astro also comes packed with new
 hunting-specific icons, to easily mark and identify bird flushes, treed
 raccoons, food plots, tree stands, cover, ATVs, and other outdoor-related
     Besides being a state-of-the-art dog tracking device, the Astro is also
 a full-featured handheld GPS based on the GPSMAP(R) 60CSx, with a
 sunlight-readable color display and a highly sensitive GPS receiver that
 works even under a thick tree canopy or in deep canyons. So when the
 hunting season is over, the Astro can pull double-duty for hiking, boating,
 or car trips.
     The Astro has a microSD card slot that allows users to insert optional
 pre-programmed topo maps or road maps, which can be invaluable in an
 unfamiliar area. Topo maps give hunters an idea of the most productive
 areas to hunt, while road maps feature the same basic functions as an
 automotive GPS navigation unit -- even in rural areas. The optional road
 map data can also give turn-by-turn directions to motels, gas stations,
 restaurants, and even veterinarians.
     The Astro also calculates area, which is ideal for determining the
 acreage of a piece of property or the exact size of a food plot. The unit
 has location-specific sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset tables (ideal for
 determining legal hunting hours) and a hunting and fishing calendar that
 suggests the best times to be out in the field.
     The new DC 30 collar is included as part of the Astro GPS Dog Tracking
 system, which also contains an Astro 220 receiver, user's manual,
 power/data cables, Trip & Waypoint Manager CD, and a carrying case for a
 suggested retail price of $649.99. The DC 30 tracking collar sold
 separately is $199.99. The DC 30 collar is compatible with current Astro
 GPS Dog Tracking Systems as well. For current Astro DC20 owners wishing to
 upgrade to the DC 30, Garmin is offering a $50.00 rebate for a limited time
     Garmin has also developed a new Astro portable long range antenna, sold
 separately. The accessory is designed to increase the range of the hunter's
 handheld receiver, by up to three miles. When a dog travels outside the
 Astro's range, the antenna can be lengthened to over a meter and attached
 directly to the Astro 220 via a one-meter coaxial cable. The antenna
 features a molded handle and lanyard, and measures just a quarter meter
 long when stored -- small enough to be carried in a hunting vest when not
 in use. The handheld antenna has a list price of $69.99.
     The DC 30 is expected to be available in third quarter 2008. For more
 details and an interactive demo of the Astro GPS Dog Tracking System, visit
     About Garmin
     The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its
 subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation,
 communication and information devices and applications since 1989 -- most
 of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin's products serve automotive,
 mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM
 applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its
 principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the
 United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at or contact the Media Relations department
 at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks, and Astro and
 DC 30 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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