Standard Horizon HX870

Like its big VHF brother, Standard Horizon’s HX870 is a handheld radio many mariners swear by. It does a reliable job and is versatile enough to work like an extension with GPS chartplotters. For extended coastal boating this radio can almost replace the more powerful fixed VHF models on account of its transmitting power and option for AA batteries.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

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    Great, clear audio
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    Easy to use, quick to use
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    Works as a redundant navigator with compass and gps

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe white LCD light is too bright and unpleasant at night

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Standard Horizon HX870

Specs & Features

  • Size &: 2.44″ x 5.43″ x 1.69″ (without antenna),
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • It floats and is totally waterproof (JIS8/IPX8)
  • Built-in GPS so DSC can work without chartplotter
  • Channels: ITU-R M493-13 Class D VHF, separate channel 70 receiver, all USA,Canada & international channels, NOAA weather channels with alerts
  • Power: 1800mAh lithium-ion battery, with additional AA battery option
  • Transmitter 1W, 2W & 6W
  • Display:3″ full dot-matrix LCD
  • Features: Group monitor, dual & triple watch, navigation, man overboard, scan, 10 favorite channels
  • Extras: DSC, noise-canceling microphone, strobe light, 3-year waterproof warranty

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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Great, clear audio
  • check-mark
    Easy to use, quick to use
  • check-mark
    Works as a redundant navigator with compass and gps

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe white LCD light is too bright and unpleasant at night

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