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Standard Horizon HX870 Floating 6W Handheld VHF with Internal GPS
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- Floating 6W Handheld VHF with Internal GPS
- Meets ITU-R M493-13 Class D DSC (Digital Selective Calling)
- Separate Receiver for CH70 (Receiving DSC Calls)
- Integrated 66 Channel WAAS GPS receiver
- Noise-canceling Function for both transmit and receive audio
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HX870 Floating Handheld VHF Radio.
The Newest Workhorse Portable VHF!
Meets ITU-R M493-13 Class D DSC (Digital Selective Calling).
- Noise Cancelling Function for Transmit and Receive Audio
- Water-Activated Emergency Strobe Light
- Includes 7.4 Volt 1.8 Amp Li-Ion Battery
Floating Handheld VHF Radio
New! For 2017!
Leading the Industry with the 1st Floating Handheld VHF Radio with GPS!
- Integrated 66 channel WAAS GPS
- Built-in 70 Channel Class "D" DSC
- User Selectable Output Power up to 6 Watts
- Preset Key Stores 10 Favorite Channels
- Oversized full dot matrix display
- Submersible IPX8 waterproof rating
- USB Data Port
- NOAA Weather Channel with Weather Alert
- NMEA Output DSC, DSE, GLL, RMC, GSA, GSV and GGA (9600 baud)
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|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 9.5 x 7.5 in||3 x 9 x 6 in||3.19 x 5.94 x 6.12 in||4.9 x 1.2 x 2.1 in||4 x 9 x 8 in||7.4 x 3.4 x 7.9 in|
Handheld VHF, MFG# HX870, 6 Watts transmit power, Integrated GPS, Class D DSC w/ separate receiver, 2.3" display, waypoint navigation, MOB function, submersible, strobe, noise cancelling TX/RX, USB port.
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CONS; After many hours and voyages on the midnight watch I can tell you the biggest issue with the 870 is the white LED illumination. Standard Horizon has abandoned their night vision friendly red display for the first time while adding a great but huge screen that is not night vision compatible. Inexplicable. Every single light on the bridge during an evening navigational watch becomes inconveniently bright as your eyes adapt to night vision. This white display LED, unless off, is a hinderance even at its lowest setting to a proper lookout at night. Obviously not designed with a mariner in mind and I suspect they just transferred the screen from Yaesu's similar aviation and HAM models that I think share the same display hardware. Painful to see, pun intended;)
Another factor to consider is size. Though very light, the 870 is comparatively large. When wearing it in some of boatings confined spaces it could become a factor as it is not only tall, but thick.
The inability to charge a detached spare battery on the cradle like prior models limits you to having to sideline the radio while it charges. This unless you use the AAA battery adaptor at a lower transmit power. You will still have to insert the battery back in the radio to eventually charge it on the cradle. Bear in mind that the cradle is not weather resistant, therefore you can't set it up it on a flybridge, wing station or weather deck. My expectation is that Murphy will make sure a low battery state occurs most likely when radio and marine traffic increases (i.e. That all-important last hour of approach and docking). No quick battery switch-out could mean you are without a working radio while docking the boat out on the wing station. Again, senseless and another regression from a company with years of marine VHF experience.
No strobe activation option when receiving transmissions. This helps identify which radio the transmission is coming from when using multiple radios on their cradles. Prior models had different colors for different bands...
No charge status LED on the cradle. You will have to get quite close to the charging radio to read a small battery status icon on the top right of the display.
PRO's; The GPS feature combined with the large display is the best to date on any marine handheld. This makes it a great emergency and ditch-bag radio. I only wish it had a simple base world map to display your location.
The operating system is intuitive, easy and makes the instruction manual a non essential add on. No easy feat and the way it should be especially as some use could be while under duress.
The floating feature combined with the water activated strobe is another plus and nice to have. Not only will you not have to dive for it if it goes overboard (assuming you can) but I've recovered a waterproof VHF that had the seals fail when subjected to the increased pressure of submersion at depth while it waited to be found under the dock.
Scanning is faster and sound quality is superb.
An adjustable low battery alarm helps mitigate the spare battery charging issue and is quite useful.
All in all a good marine VHF that is at the top of the pack of the latest models. Unfortunately, my observation when compared to prior VHF's convince me that Standard Horizon made a business decision to lower hardware costs and features over the years and improve only key attributes while abandoning their many milestones. Consider this, the HX470 had marine VHF, AM & FM tunes, Aviation band monitoring and a separate Family Radio Service transceiver band for use on land that does not break FCC laws preventing marine radio use ashore. All this in a small, rubber padded metal radio built like a tank. SH pulled out all the stops at the time with that one and unfortunately the 870 while good, does not leave the same impression.
Just someone who likes to write it as he sees it!
I'm a sea kayaker, so I wear the radio on my PFD (life vest) all the time. I returned the SH870 because it didn't easily fit into the VHF radio pocket of my PFD. The radio body is larger and boxier that I imagined from the photos, with squared-off corners that would eventually rub holes through the nylon of the life vest pocket. If you're planning to use this radio on a powerboat, this wouldn't be a problem. Commercial fishermen in British Columbia swear that Standard Horizon radios are excellent equipment, and I believe them, but they're not too concerned about size and boxy design.
Most kayakers and many small boaters won't keep the radio on all day unless they need to use it, or the weather is questionable enough to keep it on for weather alerts. For such intermittent use, battery life isn't too important because a half hour of actual use per day will last 20 days with a 10 hour battery. You can selectively turn off various non-essential radio and GPS functions to stretch battery life, so I think battery life is really not an issue for most boaters.
I turned on the SH870 simultaneously with my Uniden. The SH870 acquired satellites and displayed accurate GPS position coordinates three or four times faster than the Uniden, impressively quickly. If you keep the radio off when not using it to preserve battery life, you'll get GPS coordinates really fast when you need to turn it on.
There is a little, transparent, spring loaded, hard plastic door that shields the distress button from being accidentally activated. The door will catch annoyingly on the fabric of the radio pocket of a PFD, giving the impression that it's particularly damage prone. The similar door on my Uniden is made from flexible flat rubber which, by comparison, doesn't appear nearly as damage prone.
The unit comes with a very comprehensive owner's manual, and the identical manual is available online so you can download it to a cell phone for use in the field. The manual is clearly written with side-by-side illustrations. The manual illustrates many features I don't even understand, but which appear to be very useful to commercial fishermen and other professional users.
The extra large white-background LCD screen is easily readable, however I would have liked it better if it were red/orange like most marine radios. The placement of the menus and buttons are intuitive and easy to use, however I wonder whether a VHF radio really needs a screen that large, as it contributes to the boxiness and thickness of the radio body. I usually wear neoprene rubber gloves to protect my hands when paddling in cold northern waters, so the radio buttons seemed a little small for use with gloved hands. If the screen size was smaller, the buttons could have been larger. The red illumination of the 870 buttons is dimmer than I'm accustomed to. So overall, I didn't care for the ergonomics of the boxy body, the white background screen, and the dimly lit, small buttons.
A quibbling point is that the charging cradle doesn't have a red/green light that signals when the battery is charged. You need to turn on the radio and read the battery strength from the LCD screen. Another less quibbling point is that the AAA battery module is clunky and not well-designed as compared to the equivalent on a Uniden radio. You can't switch-out the standard rechargeable battery for the AAA module without opening the waterproof seal of the radio itself. By comparison, the AAA backup battery compartment on a Uniden is watertight sealed and can be switched with the standard rechargeable battery without opening the watertight seal on the radio body. Opening the watertight seal of the radio body on a kayak deck, with salt water splashing around, is an invitation to fried electronics. I doubt this would be an issue for power boaters, but it would be for a kayaker or canoeist. Bottom line, the AAA battery case should be watertight to protect the spare batteries from seawater, and you shouldn't have to compromise the waterproofing of the entire radio to change batteries.
My last point applies to the GPS feature on all DSC-equipped marine radios. The GPS is mainly there to display your GPS coordinates on the screen, and to serve the DSC function of transmitting your GPS coordinates as part of the automated DSC distress feature. You could use the GPS to navigate to a waypoint in an emergency, but the radio GPS is not a substitute for a dedicated GPS on the boat. The HX870 does have an easily-accessed MOB (man overboard) feature that automatically records the GPS coordinates of the place where the MOB is triggered, and it plots a course back to those coordinates, giving the compass bearing and distance to the MOB coordinates, and starts a timer showing time elapsed since the MOB occurred.
There is a lot of discussion about radio "range" in the questions and reviews, as though the power of the radio and sophistication of the electronics were the only issue. My experience is that geography, position and weather have much greater importance. Nobody's radio is going to work well in the twisty canyons of Lake Powell or tucked away in a deep cove on the coast. VHF is line-of-sight. So is DSC. The DSC doesn't go any farther than VHF channel 16, so having DSC isn't a substitute for an EPIRB or PLB, which use satellites to transmit your distress call in difficult terrain or far out away from shipping/boating lanes.