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DC 40 collar on a Brittany

DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby Nmhuntr » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:52 am

I picked up a refurbed Astro 320 and now I am looking into which collar I want to pair up with it. I am looking at the DC40 and I am wondering how many people run their Brittany with it. Some say it is heavy for smaller dogs but I figure people have used them for years before there was the option for a mini collar. The T5 mini specs a range of 4 miles and the DC40 specs it at 9 miles. Also, can a shorter collar be used with these? I don't know how they go together and the DC40 says 12"-20" neck. My 5 month old is about 10" neck but needs the collar.

Your Thoughts/Comments are appreciated .

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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby cjhills » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:50 am

T5 Mini. might have to punch a few holes but the collar will be small enough......Cj
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby RayGubernat » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:23 am

I wouldn't worry too much about the physical size of the locator collar.

The DC 40 has been a very reliable collar for folks. I know a couple of pros who use that model and like it.

The new t5 mini is also a good choice, but you will probably not be able to match the price point you will get on a used DC 40. There are no more new DC 40's available as I understand it.

I originally had a 220 and the DC 30 and 40. They worked fine. I lost the 220 and upgraded to the 320 The 320 handheld started screwing up after a very few months and rather than go round and round during the trial season with a defective unit I upgraded to a 430 with a t5 and t5 mini.

Bottom line: Both will do a fine job.

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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby Nmhuntr » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:24 am

Thanks a lot
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby shags » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:47 am

The collar strap lengths are the same on the different units.

The T5 mini is considerably lighter than the T5 - my Jagdterrier (20 pounds) is ok with the mini but the T5 is a bit much for her.

To increase the range of the mini, I upgraded the antenna on the 320.
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby mtlhdr » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:41 am

According to Garmin the DC40 and T5 mini weigh about the same (5.1 oz for unit with antenna), and the DC40 is about 1 oz heavier with collar. I think the mini has a 3/4" collar and the DC40 is 1".

T5 mini: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/pn/01 ... additional

DC40: https://buy.garmin.com/en-CA/CA/p/68084#specs

I don't have a mini so I am not sure if the spec weights bear out in reality.
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby Featherfinder » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:55 am

RayG, thanks for sharing. You may have identified a problem I'm having with my 320/DC30 system. Much appreciated Sir.
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby Nmhuntr » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:00 am

I went with the DC40. I’ll have the Astro 320 and DC40 setup so we will see how it works.

Thanks for all of the responces.
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby isonychia » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:09 am

My dc40 and Astro 320 were OK... so I thought until I got the Astro 430 and t5. Get the bigger collar for more range. My old dc40 lost contact at 200-300 yards until I installed a longer antenna on both handheld and collar. Since I got the 430 and t5 I have not lost contact and the compass is alwYs correct. Definitely get the long range antennas for your setup!
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby bonasa » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:37 pm

Ive ran the 320/dc40 for years, no complaints in a myriad of terrain/weather. If it doesnt fit, just punch some new holes in it, no big deal.
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Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Postby Bedight » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:10 pm

I have both collars. My postal scale says they both weigh 5.15 oz, including some dog hair and a mud smear..............
My little (35 #) Setter wore the DC 40 for many years and never seem to even notice it.........

I think the TT collar has better reception under the forest canopy than the DC 40. But DC40 has better range in open country.
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