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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 making a DSC emergency call.

Standard Horizon HX600S handheld vhf radio

Standard Horizon HX600S

This Standard Horizon handheld has a top-mounted volume control and side-mounted pushbuttons for on-off, squelch, and push-to-talk.

Eight front-mounted pushbuttons control transmitter power selection, channel changing, weather, scanning, and band choice.

The HX600S can receive signals on the Marine, Aircraft, AM, and FM bands, but transmits only on the Marine band.

An optional headset, microphone, or speaker plugs into a jack located on the top of the unit.


The HX600S achieved excellent ratings for transmitter power and frequency stability. Receiver selectivity is rated at 65 dB.

This handheld passed the drop and submersion tests with no glitches or caveats.

Battery Life

Battery life was also rated excellent lasting 15+ hours. Last time we checked the battery replacement cost it was $65.

Last time we checked the battery replacement cost for the 1400 mAH nickel metal hydride battery it was $65.

Final Thoughts

Excellent performance coupled with features like multi-band technology and DSC capability make the HX600S our a top performer.

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