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Handheld VHF Radios

Standard Horizon HX600S Review

The Standard Horizon HX600S was the product line leader for Vertex Standard in 2007. It features multi-band and digital-selective-calling capabilities. If it is sitting in its charger and the charger is wired to a GPS unit, this radio will transmit vessel position data along with the entered MMSI number when

Standard Horizon HX500S Review

The Standard Horizon HX500S is identical in looks to the HX600S, its more expensive sibling. It operates only on the Marine band and does not have any DSC capabilities. It has a top-mounted volume control and side-mounted pushbuttons for on-off, squelch, and push-to-talk. Seven front-mounted pushbuttons control transmitter power selection,

Standard Horizon HX471S Review

Even though the Standard Horizon HX471S is one of the smallest and lightest handheld radios we’ve tested, it also packs a load of features like multi-band and DSC capabilities. This radio receives voice traffic on the Marine, Aircraft, Family, AM, FM, MURS, and Aircraft bands. It can transmit on Marine

Standard Horizon HX400 Review

The Standard Horizon HX400 is a fully submersible commercial grade marine VHF handheld radio with a built-in voice scrambler and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) band capabilities. The HX400 package includes the radio, AC charger, DC charger cable, drop-in charge cradle, FNB-115LI battery pack housing an 2400 mAH lithium-ion battery, belt

Standard Horizon HX370S Review

[rwp-review-recap id=”0″] The Standard Horizon HX370S shares the same control layout as the more expensive HX500S and HX600S, though it is bigger and heavier. It also has a larger display screen. The HX370S has a top-mounted on/off/volume control and side mounted pushbuttons for push-to-talk and squelch. Seven pushbuttons on its

Standard Horizon HX290 Review

The Standard Horizon HX290 is part of a total revamp of the Standard Horizon lineup. It is an affordable entry level marine VHF handheld radio that floats and features glow-in-the-dark gasket around the case. Buy this Standard Horizon floating handheld VHF radio here. The HX290 ships the radio, AC and

Standard Horizon HX280S Review

The Standard Horizon HX280S is an inexpensive entry level handheld that was recently introduced by Standard Horizon. The unit features a tough polycarbonate case that measures 2.3 inches wide by 5.3 inches tall and 1.2 inches deep. The HX280S ships with an automatic AC charger that requires just seven hours

Standard Horizon HX270S Review

The Standard Horizon HX270S controls the basics with a single top-mounted twist knob for on/off/volume. A side-mounted pushbutton selects squelch, it can be increased or decreased by using the front panel mounted up/down pushbuttons. The other six front-mounted pushbuttons control transmitter power selection, channel changing, weather band selection, and scanning.

Midland Nautico Review

Testing the Midland Nautico, model NT3, was our first look at any marine VHF from this maker. Midland is well-known for their CB radios. They also produce a variety of other radio and telemetry gear. We tested the Nautico radio with the supplied 700 mAH Ni-Cad battery pack. Before our

Lowrance LHR-80 Review

The Lowrance LHR-80 is a floating marine handheld VHF/GPS combo radio and navigator. It features a 12-channel GPS receiver, high capacity lithium battery pack, and large dot matrix display screen. This radio is marine electronics conglomerate Navico’s entry into the handheld radio combo market. I am testing the US version

Icom Marine VHFs

Icom marine VHF radios have been at the top of the marine electronics industry for years, and with good reason as they have generally set the standard for marine VHF radio performance. Icom tends to keep a limited number of models in their marine VHF fleet at any one time.

Icom M92 Review

The Icom M92 is a floating marine handheld VHF radio and GPS navigator combo. Its full designator is the IC-M92D. This VHF/GPS combo features a built-in high-sensitivity 48-channel GPS receiver that includes navigation capabilities with a man overboard function. Other standard features include a high capacity lithium battery pack, large

Icom M72 Review

Ergonomically, the Icom M72 is tops. ItÂ’s lightweight, fits into one hand well, and is comfortable to hold and use. A very powerful battery provides the muscle for a 6-watt transmitter, the highest output power rating of any handheld VHF we’ve tested. This radio is operated with a rotary on/off/volume

Icom M34 Review

The Icom M34 is a totally new handheld design and the first handheld VHF we’ve tested that is designed to float. The case is just under 6 inches tall, about 2.5 inches wide and a tad less than 2 inches deep. It weighs a meager 10.8 ounces and floated on

Icom M36 Review

The Icom M36 is the second floating marine handheld VHF from this well-respected communications company. It features 6-watts of power, a lithium ion battery pack, and clear voice boost. Voice Boost is an exclusive feature that offers a large increase in audio volume with a single button press. This radio

Icom M24 Review

The Icom M24 is the first truly compact lightweight floating marine handheld VHF radio to hit the marketplace. This is one of seven Icom handheld radios in the stable. The radio case is solidly constructed and well sealed against water intrusion. It measures approximately 5-inches high, 2.4-inches wide, and 1.6-inches

Icom M88 Review

The Icom IC M88 is an expensive sub-compact handheld VHF packing loads of features into a lightweight package about the size of a bar of soap. The Icom M 88 controls include a rotary on/off/volume control located on top, a push-to-talk and a squelch button located on the side, and

Icom Handheld VHFs

Icom handheld marine VHF radios have had and continue to own a reputation for straightforward functionality, reliability, and quality in the large and diverse field of marine electronics. They offer a range of models from basic to full-featured to commercial grade that will meet the needs of a wide variety

Icom GM1600 Review

The Icom GM1600 is a marine handheld VHF specifically designed for use aboard survival craft. It can also be used aboard ship and meets rigorous GMDSS requirements. We tested this radio with two different batteries. It ships with a 750 mAH rechargeable nickel cadmium (BP-224) for shipboard use. When stored

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