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Groomer Warning Beacons ARE HERE!

Collett Communicator's of Oakbank, MB Canada announces they will be producing another 2000 Groomer Warning Beacons over the next 2 years. Groomer Warning Beacons or GWB's are devices that are installed on trail groomers and transmit a 900MHz radio signal " dee-da " .... "dee-da " that can be received on channel #1 of all Collett ' 900 ' series Communicators. This signal warns snowmobilers that a groomer is near and they should slow down and be prepared to stop.

Les Collett says... " In past years we have produced and supplied, free-of-charge, about 3500 GWB's to groomers operating in the U.S. and Canada. As we often gave them to federations and associations to distribute, we had little direct knowledge of how many were actually needed. We thought 3500 would surely be enough to equip every groomer at that time and into the future. Well, we were wrong. Almost every day we get faxes, e-mails, and calls asking for more GWB's. So I talked things over with our production people and we've decided, even though we are at our busiest time of the year, we will make every effort to produce at least 500 GWB's, this season. As in the past they will be given free-of-charge. Groomer operators desiring a GWB should visit our website: www.collettcommunicator.com and register their request. "
A word of caution: Snowmobilers can't count on every groomer transmitting a warning signal. They must always expect the unexpected and adjust their speed accordingly.

Look for this sticker on groomers to see if it is equipped.

Call 1.855.222.3231 to request a GROOMER WARNING BEACON

Over 3000 North American trail groomers are already equipped with 900 MHz Beacons!

Collisions between snowmobiles and trail grooming machines have been increasing at an alarming rate. The danger is so great in some high traffic trail areas, groomers will only operate at night, when the traffic is lower, and the glow of the groomer's lights can be seen, over hills and around curves.

We at Collett Communicator want to do our part to make things safer for snowmobilers and groomer operators. Therefore we provide, free of charge, a device we call a Groomer Warning Beacon to anyone operating a trail grooming machine in Canada and the United States.

This device transmits a warning signal on the International Channel of our Platinum 900. The warning sounds like a "dee-da, dee-da, dee-da" and it indicates that somewhere within a 1/2 mile radius a trail groomer is working. It can be around the next curve, over the next hill, or just about to enter the trail in front of you ... so be prepared to stop! You should also do your best to warn any snowmobilers not equipped with a Platinum 900 that a trail groomer is near.

The Groomer Warning Beacon is an adjunct to safety only, it is not a replacement for vigilance and good judgement on your part, or for proper supervision of young riders. As well, not every trail groomer can be counted on to be equipped with a Groomer Warning Beacon. You are still responsible for operating your snowmobile safely.

In Canada, the Groomer Warning Beacons are dispersed by Collett Electronics. In the United States, by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations.

Happy Trails,

Les Collett,

P.S. The Groomer Warning Beacon is a warning, it's meant to be annoying. To make sure it's effective, it's transmitted at full power and at high volume. If, because of the annoyance, you turn to your Club Channel, make sure that everyone in your party is aware of the groomer danger before you switch channels.

Collett Communicator

Toll Free: 1.855.222.3231